There have been posts here, over the years, discussing the rampant rise of “political correctness”, social engineering, and other bits of stupidity which have been
rammed down the throats selectively inserted into the fabric of our military. For the most part, I look at it as it pertains to the Navy. This time, it goes beyond my favorite sea going service. Due to the fact, a number of selected individuals from all branches attend the “school” where the following took place, it has the potential to effect all branches to some degree or another.
“The school where bomb technicians from all branches of the U.S. military learn their craft has been ordered to remove the unofficial motto “Initial Success or Total Failure” from its classroom walls.
Rear Adm. Michael Tillotson told school leaders this month that the motto could be viewed as disrespectful (emphasis mine – ed) to the hundreds of Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians who have died in the line of duty.
“The motto itself holds potential insensitivities and implies that our fallen and wounded EOD Warriors have somehow failed,” Tillotson, who is based in Norfolk, Va., said in a memo to the Florida school.”
Source: AP article as posted at Military Times
Let me understand this…a senior Navy Officer, a Rear Admiral (O-6/7 depending if “lower” or “upper”) no less, is … oh how shall I put it… emotionally distraught someone might take the meaning and intent of the school’s motto, the wrong way. And heaven forbid we would not want anyones feelings hurt! Why, that would be insensitive, uncouth, unbecoming, non-compassionate, gauche even!!! And we can’t have that!
There is an upside to this, to the extent many current and former (retired, or otherwise back in the civilian world) EOD personnel, have taken exception the our overly sensitive Rear Admiral. You can visit their a href=”http://www.facebook.com/pages/Keep-Initial-Success-or-Total-Failure-in-EOD-School/268526679884116″>facebook page. Check em out.
Someone might want to remind the Rear Admiral of the old adage “The Rear Admiral’s rear, is the Vice Admirals vice!”, as this could be a major concern should someone further up the food chain decides Tillotson may have gone just a tad too far. I’m not getting my hopes up, but sometimes things do have a way of working out, and it strikes me that the EOD community, because of the nature of their work, and the well of good will and respect they have earned through out all branches of the military, may prompt this bit of pc insanity to be turned ’round in short order.
If you read the comments at the Military Times article along with those at the facebook site, along with a number of other news articles out there, you will find most, if not all, EOD personnel and or their families, who comment are against this change. And have never been offended or incensed over the motto. It appears the only one to take exception to it, would be our Admiral of the Rear…err, Rear Admiral (sometimes one does get that ass backwards, so to speak). Perhaps if he had followed the wisdom inherent in the motto, this would not have blown up in his face.