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Close The Academies?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Fenian_Bastard, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Tom Ricks courts great unpopularity.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/16/AR2009041603483.html

    Of course, if they do this, Notre Dame might never win another football game.
     
  2. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

  3. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I agreed with his underlying premise: the military academies are ineffective and inefficient.
    A complete overhaul and modernization might be in better order than elimination, but elimination should definitely be an option.
     
  4. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    If we wait 100 years, Starfleet Academy will open up and make it moot.
     
  5. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    Ricks makes a good argument. My question would be how many colleges/universities have ROTC programs, since many were disbanded during Nam?
     
  6. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Interesting premise that will never, ever happen.
     
  7. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    I agree. Very interesting premise. Especially in that he shows the huge difference between the academy grad officer and the ROTC grad officer. But, just as you say, will never happen.
     
  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Ricks knows his stuff and even he seems to doubt it will ever happen. What might be a better idea is to expand the service academies for other types of national service, add a school for people interested in foreign service, domestic community service, FEMA, law enforcement with the same requirements for scholarship, seven years of indentured servitude.
     
  9. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

  10. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

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  11. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Sorry for the 3-month old bump, but Forbes thinks the academies are doing pretty well.

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/02/best-colleges-ratings-opinions-ranking-2009_land.html
     
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