I just came off a very nice weekend where I watched my alma mater, the U.S. Air Force Academy, defeat Army, the U.S. Military Academy, in a hard-fought contest that literally went down to the last thirty seconds. What a great game.
The pageantry of service academy athletics is not matched anywhere else in college football.
However, there was also disappointment at continued examples of the loss of military bearing at our service academies under the Obama Administration (all well-planned of course), and continued under the Trump administration.
The most obvious problem staring you in the face at the game was that cadets on both teams were not dressed in their class A uniforms as the tradition of the past demands. On the contrary, they were dressed in a ‘casual’ uniform. Air Force was in flight suits, and Army was in fatigues.
I had a guest with me at the game and he was confused as to who was who. He felt a little ripped off.
These games are a national treasure; they put the institutions on display for the entire world to see and be proud of. This specific game was televised nationwide on CBS Sports. The American tax payer spends upwards of a million dollars for each of these cadets to make it through the academies; the citizens deserve to see them in their best uniform while on public display.
What a shame; instead of what the public would expect — blue on gray — we had green on green.
The excuses I heard from Air Force for this abhorrent decision was that the flight suits were ‘more comfortable’ for the cadets.
What are they teaching there? Comfort? Somehow I don’t think the enemy will give a damn about our airman’s comfort.
Is this a military school? Or UCLA in uniforms, spewing social justice and cultural Marxism?
The decision is still out I’m afraid as to the answer to that question.