by Cassy Fiano | December 10, 2014 5:20 pm
When someone has a complete and utter lack of respect and appreciation for the military, it’s going to have an effect. That’s why it’s not exactly surprising to learn that military morale has taken a huge hit since Obama has taken over as Commander-in-Chief.
A Military Times survey of 2,300 active-duty troops found morale indicators on the decline in nearly every aspect of military life. Troops report significantly lower overall job satisfaction, diminished respect for their superiors, and a declining interest in re-enlistment now compared to just five years ago.
Today’s service members say they feel underpaid, under-equipped and under-appreciated, the survey data show. After 13 years of war, the all-volunteer military is entering an era fraught with uncertainty and a growing sense that the force has been left adrift.
One trend to emerge from the annual Military Times survey is “that the mission mattered more to the military than to the civilian,” said Peter Feaver, a political science professor at Duke University who studies the military. “For the civilian world, it might have been easier to psychologically move on and say, ‘Well, we are cutting our losses.’ But the military feels very differently. Those losses have names and faces attached to [them].”
Acording to the Military Times survey, active-duty troops reported a stunning drop in how they rated their overall quality of life: Just 56 percent call it good or excellent, down from 91 percent in 2009. The survey, conducted in July and August, found that 73 percent of troops would recommend a military career to others, down from 85 percent in 2009. And troops reported a significant decline in their desire to re-enlist, with 63 percent citing an intention to do so, compared with 72 percent a few years ago.
Considering that Obama has done everything he can to weaken and demoralize the military, he would probably see these poll results as a success. We can only hope that whoever takes his place is a second-generation Reagan, understands the concept of “peace through strength”, and makes it a priority to rebuild what’s left of the military Obama has tried so hard to destroy.
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