Millenials seem to leak like a cheap diaper. Manning, Winner, Snowden are only the latest in a line of people that think it’s OK to send whatever information they want to the press. I recently received a personal-for message (sometimes called a P4) expressing dismay at people who were leaking information about the investigation into the USS FITZGERALD collision. While looking for answers as to why someone would do this, I stumbled on this quote:
“In 2016, Gallup found adults under 29 least likely to say they were “extremely proud” to be American, with just over a third agreeing. If managers in the national security industry think they can count on patriotism to dissuade potential leakers, they are mistaken.”
Sadly, this is true, and we should thank our education system for causing this. Every day I get the chance to talk to young Sailors, and their lack of knowledge about American history is criminal. Most don’t understand even the basics about dates, times and places of key events. This makes it hard to start putting together why America is different and why our way of life should be celebrated.
The best thing I see is when Sailors return from spending at least a few days overseas, especially in ports in the Middle East. Many of these Sailors were wishy-washy about the American way of life, but after they see life in other countries, they come back with a renewed sense of patriotism.
Some people keep clamoring for mandatory military service. I disagree. I wish all Americans would get the opportunity to live abroad in a non-European country for a year. Walk the streets of Bahrain like I did once and learn that the people that build the glistening buildings are mostly destitute immigrants from Pakistan and India. Walk outside the 5 star hotels in Djibouti and see children starving in the streets. Or walk among the people in rural India, where people pushing carts with corpses are not uncommon.
This isn’t a first world vs. third world issue. Many of these countries have abundant natural resources, and plenty were great places to live previously. Their choice of government has made life hell for the average person. Perhaps if our newest generation saw this first hand, they would be more inclined to build a better America instead of trying to tear it apart.
This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other federal agency. Although in all likelihood, they probably want less leakers too.
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