Military is not so happy with the Big O

In his first term, President Obama oversaw repeal of the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Then he broke with one of the military’s most deeply rooted traditions and vowed to lift the ban on women serving in combat.

And the commander in chief has aggressively sought to change military culture by cracking down on sexual assault and sexual harassment, problems that for years were underreported or overlooked.

Obama is an unpopular president in the eyes of the men and women in uniform. Yet his two-term administration is etching a deep imprint on the culture inside the armed forces. As commander in chief, he will leave behind a legacy that will shape the Pentagon’s personnel policies and the social customs of rank-and-file troops for decades to come.

For Obama’s supporters, the cultural changes he’s overseeing are on a level with President Truman’s 1948 order that desegregated the military and put it at the forefront of the national push for racial equality.

But to his critics, his moves amount to heavy-handed social engineering that erode deep-seated traditions and potentially undermine good order and discipline.

And for the troops in today’s career force, the wave of changes to deep-seated policies and attitudes can be jarring.

“It’s a very different Army than the one I came in to,” said Sgt. 1st Class Eric Rexilius, who joined the Army 21 years ago and is now a helicopter repairman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

“I personally don’t think it’s a bad change,” he said — while acknowledging that among his cohort of older career soldiers, “I’m probably a minority.”

“For most of my peers,” Rexilius said, “it makes them uncomfortable because it’s not what they are used to.”

The long-term effects of Obama’s social policies on the military remain unknown. But one thing is clear: He is a deeper unpopular commander in chief among the troops.

According to a Military Times survey of almost 2,300 active-duty service members, Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent from 40 percent over that time.

But despite their misgivings about him personally, evidence suggests some quiet acceptance, and even support, for his policy changes.

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

The greatest cultural shift under Obama may well be the swiftly-growing acceptance of homosexuality in the ranks following the official change in law that took effect in September 2011.

A Military Times poll in 2009 found 35 percent of troops felt that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve in uniform. Five years later, that figure has jumped to 60 percent.

Similarly, open opposition to homosexuality in the military has collapsed. In 2009, 49 percent of troops felt gays, lesbians and bisexuals should not be allowed to serve. In 2014, such disapproval fell to just 19 percent.

It is “the biggest change in the military’s culture that happened on [Obama’s] watch,” said Richard Kohn, professor emeritus of history and peace, war and defense at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

During years of intense political debate about gays in the military, the military’s top brass repeatedly voiced firm opposition and warned that such a sweeping change could create a serious morale crisis. But in the three years since the law changed, military leaders have seen virtually no problems.

“We have heard no reporting of the kinds of disruptions that were predicted,” Kohn said. “It has been unsurprisingly smooth. It’s not surprising because military people have always known of gay people and lesbians in their units, and have either accepted them, or abused them based on the quality of their leadership. There’s been a change of public opinion, and the fact that the force is made up largely of young people,” who tend to be more tolerant of homosexuality.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Bates, a Navy hospital corpsman who is gay, said his co-workers essentially shrugged when they found out.

“It was like no big deal: … ‘Oh, OK, I didn’t know, but we’re still cool,’ ” he said.

The nonchalant reaction was a tremendous relief to Bates, who came out in January because he was about to marry his husband, Wayne, an Army soldier.

“I was nervous, but it had gotten to the point where, ‘I’m getting ready to get married, but I’m not going to hide this person I love,’ ” Bates said. “I just didn’t care what anybody else thinks about it.”

And it’s provided opportunities to increase understanding, Bates said. He cited one friendship with another sailor whom he didn’t think had ever previously had a close friendship with a gay or lesbian person.

Now, “We ask him to hang out, he knows about my husband, he has a girlfriend and is thinking about getting married,” Bates said. “He was asking us, ‘Have you ever thought about adopting?’ It’s normal conversations like that.”

But not every experience has been so positive.

Bates said his Army husband has encountered hostility from his commanders and fellow soldiers since coming out. He said his husband has heard senior noncommissioned officers use homophobic slurs.

His husband, who is in Kuwait on his fourth deployment overseas, hasn’t been picked to go on missions he asked for, he believes because he is gay. And the Bates’ request to be co-located as a legally married couple has been approved by the Navy but held up by the Army.

The final straw came in April, Bates said, when he contracted an unknown illness and ended up in an induced coma. His husband asked his supervisors for permission to come home to help care for Nate, but his request was denied. Particularly aggravating, Bates said, was the fact that other soldiers in his husband’s unit were allowed to come home for less-urgent events like graduations.

“I was in the hospital seven days, and on convalescent leave another seven days at home,” Bates said. “There was nobody by my bedside that whole time. Because of actions like that, he’s leaving [the Army] within the next year and a half.”

Some gay troops say lingering homophobia in the military still compels them to hide their sexuality while in uniform. And some don’t think they’ll ever be able to come out of the closet as long as they are in the uniform.

“Nothing’s really changed for me” since the don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy was repealed, said a gay master sergeant in the Air Force who asked to remain anonymous. “I think [coming out] would ruin my career.”

The master sergeant said that the end of DADT helped younger troops, who feel more comfortable coming out. But for senior noncommissioned officers, he said, it’s a different story.

“For SNCOs, it’s word of mouth for promotions,” the master sergeant said. “We’ve still got some crusty old chiefs … on the promotion board, making decisions. It’ll take a few years to get them out.”

He said he’s heard some Air Force chief master sergeants make derogatory, homophobic comments — sometimes including slurs — about younger airmen who have come out. And if those chiefs knew he was gay, he said, he could kiss goodbye any chances of making senior master sergeant.

Women in combat

Another major cultural shift under Obama can be seen in the evolving policies on women serving in combat units.

In 2012, the Pentagon set in motion a plan to carefully lift all gender-based restrictions on all military jobs. But the four services have until 2016 to fully end the ban on women in combat units or seek exemptions for specific jobs such as infantry and special operations. It will be at least several years, maybe more, until the full impact of that policy becomes clear.

Yet already the force is slowly coming to accept the change.

From 2011 to 2014, the percentage of survey respondents who felt that all jobs in combat arms units should be opened to women remained unchanged at 24 percent.

But the percentage of troops who felt some combat-arms jobs should be opened up to women — while allowing the military to continue to place some jobs off-limits — increased from 34 percent to 41 percent, while the percentage of respondents who felt the military should not change its policies excluding women from combat arms units fell from 43 percent in 2011 to 28 percent in 2014.

“I grew up with five sisters, and I know they’re as capable as any man,” said an Army staff sergeant who asked for his name not be used. He is a CH-47 helicopter mechanic who has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times and supports having women in combat-arms units. “Women are in harm’s way to start with. It would just change the location of where they’re in harm’s way.”

But others said they see problems — both operationally and culturally.

An Army captain, an infantry officer who deployed to Iraq three times, said he saw morale and unit cohesion problems emerge on his last tour when female soldiers from the forward support company embedded in his infantry unit.

“They didn’t realize you didn’t need to protect” a female soldier, he said. “The chivalry factor is always there. There’s always going to be, out of every 10 guys, five guys who will want to protect her because she’s their little sister. There are three guys who are trying to hook up with her, and there are two guys who hate her and treat her like crap because she won’t hook up with them.”

“For good or for bad, all-male units like the infantry and artillery and tankers, it’s like a seventh-grade locker room,” the captain said. “Some guys, the maturity isn’t there yet.”

He said introducing women into previously all-male units also can cause trouble at home.

“Another problem is the wives,” he said. “Everybody’s OK with an all-male unit until the wives see there’s a fit, ambitious young lady, and you’re going to go overseas with 15 dudes, and I’m supposed to trust that situation? That creates a lot of stress family-wise.
No matter what the soldier may or may not be doing, his spouse might be convicting him either way.”

Over time, he believes the military will adjust. But “until it all works itself out, which eventually it will, there’s going to be growing pains,” the captain said.

Marine 2nd Lt. Christopher Fox, a student naval aviator who was a radio operator during his prior enlistment, believes putting women in combat jobs is just a bad idea.

“There are a lot of accommodations that have to be made where females are present,” he said. “It changes the whole dynamic of a unit. I cannot explain to you the drama that centered on females. I had a sergeant that was not only dating one of the females [at his old communications squadron], they were living together. It caused a lot of tension in the shop.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited female Marines on an infantry training range at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in November. Afterward, he spoke to about 200 mostly male Marines and told them this change reflects the nation’s history.

Hagel noted that the U.S. is a country “that believes strongly that every individual deserves the same opportunities, if you’re capable, if you can qualify, if you can do the job. And we are doing that.”

Dealing with sex assault

A third cultural shift under Obama is in how the military approaches and deals with the pervasive problem of sexual assault in the ranks.

“They’ve just started to get more successful by establishing programs, getting senior leadership to speak out on it, and enforcing bans,” Kohn said. “It’s going to take a lot of time and effort, and we’re not going to know for a while the extent to which we’re successful.”

Combatting sexual assault is not only the moral thing to do, Kohn said. As the economy improves and potential recruits have more job opportunities open for them, the military can’t afford to be viewed as a place that does not take sexual assault seriously.

“The military knows it needs to attract the best,” Kohn said. “And if women aren’t going to enlist because they fear assault, it’s going to hurt recruiting.”

Yet the Military Times survey showed some dissatisfaction with the service’s focus on sexual assault. Only about half of respondents believe sexual assault to be a “serious or significant” problem in the military. About 18 percent had no opinion and 31 percent said they they do not believe it’s a significant or serious problem.

Nearly all troops said their unit recently conducted some form of sexual assault training, yet only 48 percent said they believed it was effective. About 31 percent of troops surveyed were “not sure” whether the training was effective, and 21 percent said it was not effective.

And 16 percent — about one in every six or seven troops — believe sexual assault training is having a negative effect on military culture.

Army Staff Sgt. Alexander VanArsdall said the military’s sexual harassment and assault prevention training has been “one-sided,” and overly focused on painting men as aggressors and women as victims.

“A common thing among male service members, when they head into the training, is to say, ‘It’s time to learn what a racist, sexist, intolerant bastard I am,’ ” VanArsdall said. “That’s what it feels like. We start to get a little indignant and upset, and feel persecuted in our own right.”

Not only does this create a divisive command climate and leave male troops feeling defensive, he said, but it may be backfiring, and result in some troops not putting their training to use when they have an opportunity to intervene and stop a potential sexual assault.

“The more you beat somebody down on something, the more likely they are to say, ‘Screw this,’ and toss it aside,” VanArsdall said. “The less likely they are to be conscious about something — check their buddy out, and make sure he’s doing the right thing. They get sick of being browbeat over something they’re not doing.”

He acknowledged that the military has problems with sexual assault and sexual harassment, and that training is needed. But the training has been inadequate in many ways.

“Is there a culture problem in the military? Absolutely,” VanArsdall said. “Yes, this is a discussion we need to have, but the military and the Army’s approach is wrong.”

He noted that sexual assault prevention and response training has almost entirely portrayed sexual assault as a male-on-female crime. The military’s classes should also recognize male-on-male, female-on-female, and — although it’s rarely acknowledged — female-on-male sexual harassment and sexual assault.

VanArsdall also said that after the military began seriously acknowledging its sexual assault problem about two years ago, units began requiring troops to attend multiple, redundant courses. First it was twice-yearly, then quarterly, then monthly, or even more frequently than that, which he also thinks prompted some troops to reject the message.

“We literally were having sexual assault prevention and response classes every single week … for a good two or three months,” VanArsdall said. “It was the exact same training, the exact same words. After a while, people start to tune it out. It was in one ear and out the other, just checking a block.”

Things have improved lately, he said. His new unit has one annual block of training, as well as additional quarterly training sessions, which he said seems about right.

And the training classes are starting to become more interactive. He said the sessions used to amount to little more than watching a basic video or PowerPoint presentation. Now, he said, the classes feature interactive videos that walk troops through different scenarios, pause along the way, and give troops several options to choose from.

Former Army Sgt. Ralph Demaree, who recently retirerd, thinks the increased focus on sexual assault has created a double standard where accusations against enlisted troops are punished more swiftly than those against officers — a phenomenon often described as “different spanks for different ranks.”

“If there’s an accusation against an enlisted soldier … everyone beats down on him,” Demaree said. “Some form of action will be taken against him before any investigation is completed. If it’s an officer, everything’s hush-hush.”

Demaree said he feels strongly that the military needs to treat all accusations equally.
“Regardless of how high they go up, it needs to be exactly the same, whether it’s a private just coming in or a general.”

VanArsdall said it’s important to have strong, effective sexual assault and prevention training not only for young male troops, but also for young female troops. He said he has intervened in some situations where a female troop didn’t recognize she was being harassed or assaulted.

He intervened in one encounter in 2013 during a joint training environment, where a young male Marine on a break began telling a young female sailor that he had a stain in the groin area of his uniform. The male Marine began essentially straddling the female sailor on a bench while she laughed, at which point VanArsdall intervened and told them that wasn’t appropriate.

“Her reaction was, ‘No big deal, he’s just playing,’ ” VanArsdall said. “I was kind of shocked by her response, especially after the training we try to give them. But that was just the one time I saw it. How often does that go down when I’m not around? How often did he do this, and [a female troop] thought, ‘He’s just playing?’ That’s the culture we need to stamp out.”

Staff writers Andrew Tilghman, Hope Hodge Seck, David Larter and Michelle Tan contributed to this story.

My thoughts are this:

1.  I am not worried about sharing a foxhole with as queer.  But I might worry about the two queers sharing the next foxhole over.  Are they gonna be watch-on-watch like I am with the guy in my hole, or are they gonna take time out for some huggy-kissy?  This is the same worry I would have about a man and a woman in a foxhole.  Strange things happen when you are in a spot where you can lose your ass forever in the next few hours.

2.  What is “sexual harassment”?  is it “Looking good today Petty Officer Jones”? or is it “Petty Officer Jones, I notice you’re not making good marks on your efficiency reports.  Wanna come over to my quarters and discuss this?”.  One of those certainly is.  The other?  Probably not, but careers have been killed for it.

3.  There are some jobs that are “too hard” for women.  Not all women, and not all jobs.  BUT women as a rule, lack the upper-body strength that men have, and as such are at a disadvantage overall.  I would suggest a single set of standards, and they are pass-fail.  No waivers, no bitching.

4.  There are some berthing situations where mixed living is NOT conclusive to good order and discipline.  Submarines.  Some field locations.  Smaller ships.  Crew those ships all-male or all-female.  If one group can’t do the job alone, they they can’t do the job mixed.

4.  And as a Marine is supposed to have said:  When I joined the Corps it was illegal to be queer.  Now it’s accepted.  I’m getting out before it becomes mandatory”.

But then I’ve first put on a military uniform on March 10, 1965, and still wear it once a month, so what do I know.




About vonMesser

Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.
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12 Responses to Military is not so happy with the Big O

  1. Grouchy says:

    With the wimps in the Pentagon in senior leadership positions, we won’t be going back to a moral and ethical military culture any time soon. When the moral fibre of a group of any size is destroyed, that culture is not long for a valid existence.
    And I hate to see it.
    I worked under a Tech Sgt, E-6, who was on duty one day, and off the squadron roster the next, because of homosexuality. Dishonorable discharge, and he’d had 18 years of service, as I recall.
    But that action did enforce a strict morality, and a strong sense of honest discipline in the office.
    Those days are long gone, I fear.

  2. CW says:

    Good post, VM.

    The U.S. military exists to serve the taxpayers of this country, and all policies should be prioritized to provide for our security in the safest, most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Such reasoning is lost on the Left, who use the military to advance their selfish agendas, just like everything else.

  3. I.R. Wayright says:

    The whole plan is right out of the communist agenda under “Destroy moral standards” Any time you feel something is out of whack in our culture, start there to find the origins.

  4. vonMesser says:

    Oh, and another short line…..There are some jobs women can do better (as a general rule) than men.
    Are you aware that women have a higher G-force tolerance than men?
    And quicker reflexes?
    That means women have the potential to be better fighter pilots than men are.
    (Wouldn’t that pi$$ off the fighter jocks now?) (look up the NIGHT WITCHES)

    • Grouchy says:

      😀 Score another one for “Gender Equality / Superiority”
      Too funny, VM,,, The only question remaining then is, do they have the “Killer Instinct” ???
      Remains to be seen

      • vonMesser says:

        Tell me what would happen if your sweetie caught you in bed with her sister? Think she’s got a killer instinct? Or what would happen if she caught the local Democrat politician in bed with your 6year old daughter>

      • captbogus2 says:

        “Killer Instinct”? Uh… Grouch… Are you not married???

        • Grouchy says:

          Hell hath no fury like a mother (of any species) protecting her young.
          And I have seen both the killer instinct, as well as the nurturing, compassionate side of the feminine. And I have also seen the intense reluctance to harm another being.
          And after I took VM’s advice and looked up “Night Witches”, I do realize that some women DO have that “Killer Instinct” by choice.

  5. Kathy says:

    It’s like the whole immorality thing went out the window and we’re the bad guys for being so reluctant to accept homosexuals.

    It’s not about them being ‘comfortable’ with coming out – it’s about our soldiers having the grit to do the unthinkable in order to defend this country.

    O “is etching a deep imprint on the culture inside the armed forces.” That much is true and between the changes in our military, socially and religiously, and the letting go of so many of the top leaders, we are perceived by some as having a weaker military. Therefore his deep imprint is not a good one.

    Perceived weakness could lead to heightened aggression – will we be ready?

  6. Mike Mac says:

    I truly despise the Left-wing traitors. I think a bloodless (mostly) military ‘coup is in order to clean up DC and the White House, to clean house, reset some rules and get our southern border, at least as secure as mexico has their southern border with Guatemala. Militarized. BarrO should have been perp walked to a prison cell long ago, a couple times over…But all that’s an argument for another day. But in regards to saving our country…”It’s too late for the ballot-box. Too soon for the Gun?” We’ll have to do something, at some point, no?

    Back on topic. Men + Women are different. Each sex has their +’s and -‘s as we all know. But women in combat? No f_ckin way! There was group of women in an afghan hot zone somewhere. Not frontline stuff, but still dangerous and very rough. Long story short…A man can go for a very long time without showering or bathing. Turns out women aren’t as ‘durable’ and can’t go without bathing for weeks or months on end. Something to do with ‘cycles’ and less hearty genitalia. So flight crews were put at risk going in, to a hot zone, to fly the women out early.So that they could take a shower, and clean ‘things’ up! If ya know what I mean….The men stayed at their positions for the full amount of time. No baths, no chopper rides to the showers! So, no females in combat positions. Let them be secretaries…or pilots. 🙂 Whatever they can actually do or accomplish, with no special breaks..that’s all from me. Sorry for any typos etc. can’t find my glasses anywhere…

    I hope when I wake-up tomorrow I read that some special ops military group has taken over DC and has rounded all the traitors in a pre dawn raid. Now going through all of DC with a fine tooth comb, getting all traitors and their enablers. George Soros has already been ‘hung by the neck until dead’. Next up for a neck-streaching is….
    Im daydreaming now…

  7. upaces88 says:

    I had tried to keep up with everything he was doing “against” our Military. I couldn’t keep up as you would notice by the dates.
    Forgive me if some of these don’t line up correctly. I add one more act each time I catch it from the articles….IF you want this list, please feel free to copy and paste it for your files:
    Obama decides the Ft Hood Shooting was a case of “Work place violence”; instead of Islam infiltrating Our Military;
    Rips the Military Budget as he gives politicians a raise;
    Cancels Military Retirement;
    Changes the Rule of Military Combat Pay;
    Ships shell casings of ammunition to China.
    Announces to the world about the cut in Nukes;
    Orders the Military to lie about Afghanistan;
    Flags are flown at half staff when a hero dies — allows the American Flag at half mast for a black singer;
    Decides NOT to give a Purple Heart to the survivors of the Ft. Hood Shooting calling it “work place violence”;
    Fraudulent Affirmative Action Picked for Head Drill Sergeant;
    Slashes 1,200 National Guard to 300 along the borders for Terrorists to enter;
    Despite his approving of Sodomy and Bestiality — Military Restores Ban;
    Disrespects Seal families;
    Veterans’ Cemetery must ban “GOD and Jesus from Military graves.”
    Violates the rights of Military Chaplains.
    Lies about bin Laden’s death…won’t show pictures or video of Islamic burial at sea….lies about helicopter crash
    No seals were Injured during Bin Laden raid…however, those who knew died (can’t remember the exact number)
    Repeals DADT….
    Wanted injured military to pay for their own medical expenses because they had volunteered to fight in the military…..
    (12/28) Breaks Promise to Military and keeps Troops in Afghanistan until 2014
    (01/12) Obama quietly signed the NDAA, the National Defense Authorization Act, which nullifies the Bill of Rights and declares America to be a “battleground” in which all American citizens can be arrested, imprisoned, tortured and even killed with no due process.
    (2/09) Obama Guts Military and gives Bureaucrats a Raise
    (2/10) Denies Hero(s) Purple Hearts — calling Ft. Hood Shootings as Work Place Violence
    (2/14) Military Chaplains charged with sedition/Treason for teaching against sin
    (2/16) Military to Fake Belly, Breast to better understand how females in the Military feel;
    (2/25) Our Military burned Koran and Obama apologized causing the deaths of two Officers who were unarmed were shot in the back of the head in a secured location.
    2/26 Obama doesn’t stand with Military as NATO tries to prosecute the Military men who burned Koran;
    (2/26) Military Refuses to take orders from him;
    (2/26) Takes healthcare away from Military; Triples co-pay on their insurance.
    (2/27) Obama mocks Military by burning a Bible
    (2/27) Military now responsible for their own health care (even when they come back from the Middle East without a limb, etc.)
    Under the Radar, he sends troops to 4 African countries
    Changes Rules of Engagement
    Forcing Troops to Lie about the Progress in Afghanistan
    Obama threatens Chaplains: “You can’t preach against me in chapel.”
    (3/4/12) Obama threatens Chaplains: “You can’t preach against me in chapel.”
    (just following) Chaplains cannot preach against sin
    3/27/2012 — Tax “our” Military to give to HIS New Military
    4/14 – Army Generals Plead With Obama “Bring them HOME”
    (4/23) – Military Rates Obama as the worst President they have served with
    (4/25) Seals Blast Obama for using them as Campaign tools for going after Osama Bin Laden
    (05/01/12) Forcing New West Point Cadets to become PC for Muslims
    (05/04/12) Forced Our Military to shove their butts in the air praying position to Islam
    (05/05/12) Cuts Military Budget “again” setting us up for defeat
    (05/06/12) Chip under the skin for Military Personnel
    (05/09/12) Backs Taliban as they Kill Our Military
    (05/09/12) Claims Military are fighting on “his” behalf
    (05/10/12) Obama Releases Taliban Terrorists while Military Man Held captive for 3 yrs
    (05/11/2012) Obama Suspended Classes on Islam — The way to save the world is through Nukes (like WWII)…
    05/13/2012) Slashes Military Budget for healthcare to build $750,000 exercise facilities for Muslims who are incarcerated
    (05/13/2012) Obama Cuts $13 Billion from TriCare for Military
    (05/14/2012) Obama offers purple heart to the victims of terror BUT NOT those at Ft. Hood+ considered Ft. Hood “work Place Violence”
    (05/16/2012) The Navy just fired it’s 16th command officer for 2011 REPLACED w/Obama Appointee
    Navy Commander Fired Over Falsified Records REPLACED w/ OBAMA Appointee
    NAVY FIRED Five Attack Submarines CO’s REPLACED w/ OBAMA Appointees
    Navy Fires 10th CO This Year REPLACED w/ OBAMA Appointee
    Navy Relieves CO of New Ship REPLACED w/ OBAMA Appointee
    Navy Medicine CO Fired for Poor Command Climate REPLACED w/ OBAMA Appointee
    NORTHCOM Commander fired REPLACED w/ OBAMA Appointee
    ( 05/21/12) President Betrayed Troops by releasing a known terrorist killer
    (05/23/12) Obama Undermines Troops Putting Taliban in Power as They KILL OUR TROOPS;
    (05/28/12) Memorial Day: Makes the day to honor OUR Troops all about him
    (06/01/12) Veto promise comes because House GOP leaders are breaking faith with last summer’s budget deal by cutting overall funding for agency operating budgets by $19 billion,almost 2 percent.
    (06/07/12) Obama’s uses Memorial Day to Campaing in Photo-Op by blocking families of Vets from D.C. Vietnam Memorial
    (06/07/12) Same Sex Marriage on a Military Base
    (06/08/12) Obama cuts back on Military causing them to have to improvise
    (06/10/12) More Troops Die of Suicide than from War
    (06/11/12) Memorial Day-Obama shuts out Military, friends/family forced to pay respect 100(s) of yards from the sit behind a fence
    (06/11/12) Prior to this day, VietNam vets and family members denied access to wall
    (06/11/12) Too busy to allow the Fly-Over by the Thunderbirds during the Memorial Day Celebration..he cut it short because he had places to go campaign;
    (06/14/12) Pentagon Bans Bibles
    (06/20/12) More Military are committing suicide than from being killed in battle.
    (06/20/12) Disciplines Military for Burning Koran
    (06/21/12) Obama Orders Military to Celebrate Gay Pride Month
    (06/26/12) Obama Forbids Chaplains to mention Jesus
    (06/30/12) Obama allows Terror-Linked CAIR Targets Navy Seals Training
    (06/30/12) Obama wants Military to pay-up more on their Tricare Insurance
    (07/03/12) Obama sends troops to Persian Gulf-further spreading troops thin
    (07/07/12) Obama Refuses to Offer the Flag of the United States to the Family of a Fallen Hero; Gives the Responsibility to the Secretary of Defense
    (07/30/12) Obama to Turn Military into Social Workers
    (08/02/12) Obama to Keep Military from voting
    (08/04/12) Massive Cuts to Military Healthcare
    (08/16/12) Obama Campaigns Strikes Back Against Former Navy Seal
    (08/21/12) Obama Dismisses Seals “Don’t take them too seriously
    (08/21/12) Too many Military Deaths in Middle East — Obama should change plan
    (08/21/12) Obama Adds Military Hero(s) to his list of enemies
    (08/21/12) Obama Puts Special Ops in Danger
    (08/22/12) Officer Penalized for opposing Sharia Training
    (08/24/12) Veterans Being Rounded Up Nationwide
    (08/25/12) Obama having all of the Military Vets Picked Up
    (08/24/12) Military man penalized for NOT wanting to attend PRO Muslim Training
    (08/31/12) Obama making Military submit to Sharia
    (08/31/12) Sends form letter to fallen Seal Team Six Families
    (09/23/12) Increases btw 30% to 79% in Tricare premiums for lst year. Then plan imposes 5-yr increases from 94%
    (09/26/12) U.S. Troops Are Being Murdered In Afghanistan: Pentagon’s Answer … Muslim Sensitivity Training
    (09/30/12) Shhhh: US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000″
    (10/4/12) Obama blames US troops for attacks on them by Afghan security forces, orders Islamic cultural sensitivity training to 345%-more than 3x’s current levels.
    10/12/12 Disabled Vet Considered Terrorist–he inquires about Cost of Surveillance Camera(s) for his home.
    (11/03/12) Has Military removed from voting records in Florida
    (12/02/12) Obama Taking Guns from all Military Vets.
    (12/14/12) Obama Fires Lt. Col. Dooley for speaking out against Islam
    (12/16/12) Obama Ignores Military Man in Mexican Jail
    (12/00/12) Announced withdrawal date in Afghanistan. Now no Afghans will cooperate with US military because they are leaving … leaving the Taliban behind. Allows the Afghans vet the Afghans who will train with the US military despite the insider attacks.
    (12/00/12) Program where female soldiers where the hijab to appease their ‘culture’
    (12/00/12) U.S. military to disarm for his ‘surprise” visit to Afghanistan so not to offend the Afghans who disarm
    (12/10/12) New Army manual orders soldiers not to criticize Taliban, pedophilia, or Islam, or advocate for women’s rights
    (1/05/13) Former Marine gets 20 yrs for burning a Koran
    (1/27/13) Obama Cuts Healthcare to active Military and vets
    (1/28/13) Obama Cuts Breakfast for Military in Afghanistan
    (02/20/13) Obama takes the guns out of the hands of vets and prohibits them to own them.
    (02/21/13) U.S. Troops having to get Gear From Charity
    (03/03/2013) Bizarre Sex Games-which male/female soldiers offered prizes in a race to put condoms on sex toys.
    (03/13/2013) Suspends Military Tuition for College
    (06/09/2013) Record Number of Our Maimed Military Denied Disability
    (06/10/2013) Military told not to read about Scandals
    (06/13/2013) Obama Rules that Military cannot talk about Christianity
    (0813/2013) 1/3 of Military think about committing suicide
    (​10/03/2013) Obama stops Veterans from returning​ to WWII Memorial.
    (​10/04/13)​ Obama won’t allow Chaplains to Minister to troops
    (10/06/13) Obama Keeps Camp David Open but cuts NFL Coverage to Troops Overseas
    ​(10/08/13) Obama Denies Mother Son’s Death Benefits
    ​(10/09/13) Obama Freezes Military Benefits to All Families after Death of children in the Military​
    (10/12/13) Obama refuses to Bury Our Military Soldiers
    10/13/13) Obama Leaves Military Man To Rot in Benghazi
    (10/13/13) Chaplains Mocked forced out of Military
    ​(11/06/13) DoD to Implant Chips in Brains of Military
    (11/06/13) Navy Seals Orders to remove “Don’t Tread on Me” Insignia from uniform;
    (11/19/13) Feds Use Intimidation to Confiscate WWII Veterans’ Asssets
    (11/20/13) Declares Wars on Generals
    11/21/13) Closing Military Commissaries
    (11/21/13) Forces Military and Families away from Tri-Care-Tripling Their Fees
    (11/22/13) Cover-up Navy Yard Shooters
    (11/27/13) Cuts Medical Benefits for Military (active and retired but not Not Union worker​​ s
    ​​(​11/30/13​) Gag all Military Vets ​ (Stripping Vets of their fire arms) ;
    (​ 12/01/13) Cover-up; Navy Yard Shooter Investigation Blocked;
    (12/01/13) New ROE(s) for Our Troops in Afghanistan ​;
    (12/07/13) Wants to lower the flag for Nelson Mandela​

    And, Let Us NOT Forget about the Firing Stanley McCrystal and Sending Lt. Col Laken to Prison