The OPHOLDs of military members have arrived!

Truth be told, I thought it would be towards the end of the year. Guess I was wrong. Remember my list of “things the military does to fix numbers?”

  1. Not kicking people out for physical fitness test failures
  2. Waiving darn near everything, from age to non-violent felonies
  3. Asking people to pretty-please stay around a few more years
  4. Opening OCS and other admissions
  5. Raising bonuses
  6. Make life better for officers
  7. Reduce opportunities to leave early
  8. Op-Hold people
-Me!

Pepperidge Farm remembers too. That last bullet says OPHOLD, which means the military says “You know how we said we’d let you go? Yeah, about that…” Or, in meme form:

Now, while today’s story isn’t a true OPHOLD…it’s basically the same. The Army allowed officers that commissioned as aviators to serve two different requirements concurrently (as in, at the same time), then it said “actually, we meant to say consecutively,” and is now telling these officers they owe three more years of service. Up unitl that point, the Army’s HR department was telling officers that it was totally concurrent…until it wasn’t.

Previously, officials with Army Human Resources Command treated the flight school commitment as a contractual obligation, the letter said. That policy allowed officers to simultaneously serve it alongside their three-year branch of choice obligation and thus immediately resign six years after receiving their pilot’s wings, if they wished.

“We went back and we did kind of audit all of those out there,” he said. The general cautioned that the service is still “refining” the number of officers, estimated at “a little over 600.” They now can’t leave immediately after finishing their flight school commitment.

From Army Times

Whoopsie! Our bad! Sorry to majorly screw up your life!

I’m sure plenty of HR officers will be disciplined for this…said no sane person ever.

Here’s the crux though…the Army needs these officers more than the officers need the Army. Aviation is a difficult skillset that can’t be easily acquired. The Army seems to believe it’ll just order these officers to fly and they’ll just fly. That’s a Communist way of thinking about it…we tell people what to do and they just do it.

In America, you have to compete for skills, and if someone doesn’t want to provide their skills, there is little you can do about it. I predict that we’ll see the following behaviors:

  1. A lot of aviators will smoke weed in the hopes of being kicked out. This, ironically, might make the Army legalize the substance.
  2. Plenty of officers will begin having “headaches” or other symptoms that stops them from flying. A few sharp officers will conveniently fly enough to stay off the radar, but do little else. The Army will either have to punish them, which could result in dismissal and them leaving when they wanted, or relax the medical rules and put expensive aircraft at risk.

No one will outright strike…that would be a stupid move. Instead, people will deny the Army the use of their skills, and the Army’s aviation effectiveness will drop. On paper, the Army will look OK, but the force will be hollow, and it’ll simply be a matter of time before the Army fails against one of our adversaries.

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Remember when we cared about classified information?

Not that long ago, I punished a Sailor for disclosing classified information. He was a pretty nice guy with a nice family. Unfortunately for him, he liked to brag, and so he bragged to more than a few people about some of the cool things he did while he was deployed. Had it been one or two innocuous items, it might have resulted in a severe a$% chewing, some signed papers and “never do this again” speech, but his material was high enough that these actions weren’t sufficient for NCIS. After busting him down a rank, he was separated from the military, and although he avoided jail time, he did have to pay back significant bonus money.

Flash forward only a year and Hillary Clinton gets away with gross violations of compartmentalized information. Not just something that is Top Secret, but items that are secured in such a fashion that maybe only hundreds or even tens of people are read-in to see it. No punishment. None. Not even a red-shirted staffer offered to appease the FBI-gods (and they like to think of themselves as gods, hence cracking down on good Catholics that don’t worship them). That case made me pause and wonder if I had booted a good Sailor by mistake.

And here we are today, with the rapid arrest of a National Guardsman for spilling what I’m guessing is the Chairman’s Daily Brief, which for anyone familiar with it, is posted daily on a website on a classified system. At other commands I’ve sent intelligence items for inclusion on that brief. It’s a pretty good daily laydown of big issues, and like most intelligence products produced by real intelligence people (i.e. not the FBI in Richmond) it should be accurate, even if that accuracy isn’t popular.

After all the leaks by political hacks and all the bad storage practices by people from both parties, I don’t know whether to care anymore. In bureaucratic fashion the Navy put out ALNAV 032/23, reminding. everyone of their responsibilities to protect classified data. I personally wouldn’t disclose anything because I care about my country. But if a young Sailor asked me today about the disparity between the “important” people in power, who get away leaking whatever information they want, and the little people, who get swiftly arrested and punished, I wouldn’t know what to say in response. How do you answer that question?

Nothing is going to change until we start protecting classified materials like they actually matter. Until that happens, its just an opinion subject to the whims of the people in power.

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Air Force recruiting…crashing and burning

Military recruiting is just the gift that keeps on giving. No matter how many incentives you throw at it, when young people watch our generals, admirals and politicians throw away American lives, fail to win wars, cut benefits and create a system that is hostile to a large chunk of the population, they tend to vote with their feet and not join. This comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody with an IQ over 60, and apparently that doesn’t include any of the aforementioned people.

Since I should be more joint in my criticism of recruiting, let’s talk about joints…

How did I miss this one??? It was likely buried under all the other bad news on recruiting. You can read the whole article, but essentially the Air Force will let you retest in 90 days if you pop positive for THC. The smart people on the internet tell me THC leaves your system after about 30 days, so if you don’t smoke for 3 months, its pretty likely you’ll pass the test.

I’m not surprised, and I predict that by the end of the year, we’ll have either an outright waiver on THC, OR the military services will be begging Congress to move marijuana off the controlled substance list. Plenty of fellow military members told me “fat chance of that happening,” which, speaking of fat…

The Air Force relaxed its body fat to 26% for men and 36% for women. If you are like me and wondered what that actually looks like, I found pictures, courtesy of UltimatePerformance and DavidKingsBury.

So the Air Force won’t win any more body image awards, but maybe they’ll take the cake, so to speak, in body positivity…

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Waivers List for 1996 Dynasty Draft League

I’m repeating the waivers list here because as a backup blog this one gets fewer posts

Waivers List for 1996 Dynasty Draft League

This is the list of Players currently available to be picked on waivers in the Dynasty Draft league

Pitchers

Key: Name Team on Card Throws #= endurance as starter Long=Long relief (15 end) Short= Short Relief (7 Batters)

  • Jim Abbot Cal Left 25/Long
  • Scott Aldred Min Left 20/Long
  • Brian Anderson Cle Left 20/Long
  • Luis Andujar Tor Right 20/Long
  • Roger Bailey Col Right 20/Long
  • Matt Beech Phi Left 20
  • Stan Belinda Bos Right Short
  • Ron Blazier Phil right Long
  • Brian Boehringer NYY right Long /20
  • Ricky Bones NYY Right 20/Long
  • Chris Bosio Sea Right 20/Long
  • Shawn Boskie Cal Right 25/Long
  • Steve Bourgeois SF right Long/20
  • Marshall Boze Mil Right Long
  • Doug Brocail Hou Right Long/20
  • Scott Brow Tor Right Long/20
  • Jim Bullinger Cubs Right 20/Long
  • Rafael Carmona Sea Right Long /20
  • Giovanni Carrara Cin Right Long / 20
  • Bobby Chouinard Oak Long
  • Jason Christiansen Pit Left Long
  • Mike Christopher Det Right Long
  • Brad Clontz Atl Right Short
  • Rocky Coppinger Bal Right 25/Long
  • Doug Creek SF Left Short
  • John Cummings Det Left Long
  • Rich DeLucia SF Right Short
  • Jason Dickson Cal Right 25
  • Jerry DiPoto Mets Long
  • Mike Dyer Mon Right Long/20
  • Mark Eichhorn Cal Right Long
  • John Ericks Pit Right Long/20
  • Vaughn Eshelman Bos Left Long/20
  • Kevin Foster Cubs Right 20/Long
  • Marvin Freeman Chicago Right 20/.Long
  • Steve Frey Phi Left Short
  • Ramon Garcia Mil Right Long/20
  • Mark Gardner SF Right 25/Long
  • Greg Gohr Cal Right 20/Long
  • Danny Graves Cle Right Long
  • Jason Grimsley Cal Right 20/Long
  • Kevin Gross Tex Right 20.Long
  • Mark Kubicza KC Right 20
  • Chris Hammond Fla Left Long /20
  • Greg Hansell Min Right Long
  • Pep Harris Cal Right Long/20
  • Jimmy Haynes Bal Right Long/20
  • Mike Henneman Tex Right Short
  • Doug Henry Mets Right Long
  • Gil Heredia Tex Right Long
  • Xavier Hernandez Hou Right Long
  • Sterling Hitchcock Sea Left 25
  • Joe Hudson Bos Right Short
  • Rich Hunter Phil Right 20
  • Edwin Hurtado Sea Right Long / 20
  • Danny Jackson StL Left Long/20
  • Jason Jacome KC Left Short/20
  • Marty Janzen Tor Right Long/20
  • Kevin Jarvis Cin Right Long/20
  • Doug Johns Oak Left 20/Long
  • Greg Keagle Det Right Long/20
  • Brian Keyser CSox Right Long
  • Rick Krivda Bal Left 20/Long
  • Curt Leskanic Col Right Short
  • Jose Lima Det Right Long/20
  • Albie Lopez Cle Right 20/Long
  • Mike Magnate KC Left Long
  • Joe Magrane CSox Left Long/20
  • Pat Mahomes Bos Right Long/20
  • Terry Mathews Bal Right Short
  • Kirk McCaskill CSox Right Long/20
  • Roger McDowell Bal Right Short
  • Rusty Meacham Sea Right Long/20
  • Ramiro Mendoza NYY Right 20/Long
  • Paul Menhart Sea Right 20/Long
  • Kent Mercker Cle Left 20/Long
  • Dan Miceli Pit Right Long/20
  • Mike Milchin Bal Left Short
  • Kurt Miller Fla Right Long/20
  • Michael Mimbs Phi Left 20/Long
  • Angel Miranda Mil Long/20
  • Ramon Morel Pit Right Long
  • Alvin Morman Hou Left Short
  • Rodney Myers CSox Right Long
  • Gregg Olson Hou Right Short
  • Lance Painter Col Left Long/20
  • Jose Parra Min Right Long/20
  • Yorkis Perez Fla Left Short
  • Chris Peters Pit Left 20 / Long
  • Hipolito Pichardo KC Right Short
  • Mike Potts Mil Left Long
  • Jay Powell Fla Right Short
  • Tim Pugh KC Right Long/20
  • Bryan Rekar Col Right 20/Long
  • Frank Rodriguez Min Right 25/Long
  • Johnny Ruffin Cin Long
  • A.J. Sager Det Right Long/20
  • Roger Salkeld Cin Right 20/Long
  • Tim Scott SF Right Short
  • Zane Smith Pit Left 20
  • Steve Sparks Mil Right 25/Long
  • Dennis Springer Cal Right 20/Long
  • Dave Stevens Min Right Short
  • Greg Swindell Cle Left Long/20
  • Amaury Telemaco CSox Right 20/Long
  • Dave Telgheder Oak Right 20/Long
  • Mark Thompson Col Right 25/Long
  • Tom Urbani Det Left Long/20
  • Marc Valdes Fla Right Long/20
  • Julio Valera KC Right Long/20
  • Todd Van Poppel Det Right Long/20
  • Tim Vanegmond Mil Right 20/Long
  • William Van Landingham SF Right 25
  • Randy Veres Det Right Short
  • Frank Viola Tor Left 20
  • Matt Wagner Sea Right 20/Long
  • Paul Wagner Pit Right 20/Long
  • Jeff Ware Tor Right Long/20
  • John Wasdin Oak Right 20/Long
  • Dave Weathers NYY Right Long/20
  • Bob Wells Sea Right Long/20
  • Matt Whiteside Tex Right Long
  • Brian Williams Det Right Long/20
  • Mike Williams Phil Right 25/Long
  • Steve Wojciechowski Oak Left 20/Long
  • Bob Wolcott Sea Right 25 Long
  • Jamey Wright Col Right 20 Long
  • Anthony Young Hou Right Short

Position Players Note players are listed under the 1st listed position on their card they may play other positions as well

Key Name, Team, Bats, Type

Catcher

  • Raul Casanova Det Both Pull
  • Mike Durant Min Right Spray
  • Tony Eusebio Hou Right Spray
  • Sal Fasano Sea Right Pull
  • Bill Haselman Bos Right Pull
  • Chad Krauter WSox Both Pull
  • John Marzano Sea Right Spray
  • Brent Mayne Mets Left Spray
  • Greg Myers Min Left Pull
  • Bob Natal Fla Right Spray
  • Keith Osik Pit Right Spray
  • Jayhawk Owens Right Pull
  • Mark Parent Balt Right Pull
  • Tom Prince LA Right Spray
  • Danny Sheaffer StL Right Pull
  • Joe Siddall Fla Right Spray
  • Tim Spier Mon Right Spray
  • George Williams Oak Both Pull

First Base

  • Rico Brogna Mets Left Spray
  • Brant Brown CSox Left Spray
  • Mark Carreon Cle Right Pull
  • Archi Cianfrocco SD Right Spray
  • Greg Colbrunn Fla Right Spray
  • Rene Gonzales Tex Right Spray
  • Bob Hamelin KC Left Pull
  • Bush Huskey Mets Right Pull
  • Kevin Jordan Phil Right Spray
  • Scott Livingstone SD Left Spray
  • Torey Lovullo Oak Both Spreay
  • Dave McCarthy SF Right Spray
  • Eddie Murray Bal Both Spray
  • Dan Peltier SF Left Spray
  • Roberto Petagine Mets Left Spray
  • J. R. Phillips Phil Left Pull
  • Juan Samuel Tor Right Pull
  • Gene Schall Phil Right Spray
  • J. T. Snow Cal Both Spray
  • Paul Sorrento Sea Left Pull
  • Lee Stevens Tex Left Pull
  • Jason M Thompson SD Left Pull
  • Joe Vitello KC Right Spray
  • Eddie Williams Det Right Pull
  • Desi Wilson SF Left Spray
  • Kevin Young KC Right Pull
  • Jon Zuber Phil Left Spray

Second Base

  • Carlos Baerga Mets Both Spray
  • Jason Bates Col Both Spray
  • Tilson Brito Tor Right Spray
  • Casey Candaele Cle Both Spray
  • Jay Canizaro SF Right Spray
  • Jay Canizaro SF Right Spray
  • Domingo Cedeno CSox Both Spray
  • Felipe Crespo Tor Both Spray
  • David Doster Phil Right Spray
  • Andy Fox NYY Left Spray
  • Brant Gates Oak Both Spray
  • Tony Graffanino Atl Right Spray
  • Chip Hale Min Left Spray
  • Todd Haney CSox Right Spray
  • Jason Hardtke Mets Both Spray
  • Matt Howard NYY Right Spray
  • Mark Lemke Atl Both Spray
  • Nelson Liriano Pitt Both Spray
  • Ralph Millard Fla Right Spray
  • Mike Mordecai Atl Right Spray
  • Tomas Perez Tor Both Spray
  • Jody Reed SD Right Spray
  • Billy Ripkin Balt Right Spray
  • Steve Scarsome SF Right Spray
  • Bill Selby Bos Left Pull
  • Craig Shipley SD Right Spray
  • Kurt Stillwell Tex Both Spray
  • Robby Thompson SF Right Spray

Shortstop

  • Manny Alexander Balt Right Spray
  • Rich Aurilla SF Right Spray
  • Rafael Bellard Atl Right Spray
  • Mike Benjamin Phil Right Spray
  • Mike Spray Oak Right Spray
  • Juan Castro LAD Right Spray
  • Andujar Cedeno Hou Right Pull
  • Damion Easley Det Right Pull
  • Ed Giovanola Atl Left Spray
  • Chris Gomez SD Right Spray
  • Jose Hernandez Cubs Right Pull
  • Dave Howard KC Both Spray
  • Luis Lopez Sd Both Spray
  • Nefti Perez Col Both Spray
  • Tony Rodriguez Bos Right Spray
  • Alan Trammell Det Right Spray

Third Base

  • Shane Andrews Mon Right Pull
  • Alex Arias Fla Right Spray
  • Kim Batiste SF Right Pull
  • David Bell StL Right Spray
  • Esteban Beltre Bos Right Spray
  • Mike Blowers LAD Right Spray
  • Jeff Branson Cin Left Spray
  • Mike Bush LAD Right Pull
  • Russ Davis Sea Right Pull
  • Alvaro Espinoza Mets Right Spray
  • Dave Hansen LAD Left Spray
  • Scott Leius Cle Right Spray
  • Jeff Manto Sea Right Pull
  • Arquimedez Pozo Bos Right Spray
  • Keviin Sefcik Phil Right Spray
  • Andy Sheets Sea Right Spray
  • Dave Silvestri Mon Right Pull
  • Chris Snopek CSox Right Pull
  • Doug Strange Sea Both Spray
  • Todd Walker Min Left Spray
  • Tim Wallach LAD Right Pull
  • John Wehner Pit Right Spray

Left Field

  • Mike Aldrete NYY Left Spray
  • Billy Ashley LAD Right Pull
  • John Cangelosi Hou Both Spray
  • Dave Clark LAD Left Pull
  • Andre Dawson Fla Right Pull
  • Alex Diaz Sea Both Spray
  • Lou Frazier Tex Both Spray
  • Doug Glanville CSox Right Spray
  • Jeffrey Hammonds Bal Right Spray
  • Todd Hollandsworth LAD Left Spray
  • Thomas Howard Cin Left Spray
  • Brian Lesher Oak Left Pull
  • Daman Mashore Oak Right Pull
  • Derrick May Hou Left Spray
  • Billy McMillon Fla Left Spray
  • James Mouton Hou Right Pull
  • Joe Orsulak Fla Left Spray
  • Eric Owens Cin Right Spray
  • Robert Perez Tor Right Pull
  • Phil Plantier Oak Left Pull
  • Luis Polonia Atl Left Spray
  • Ruben Sierra Det Both Pull
  • Mike Simms Hou Right Pull
  • Chris Stynes KC Right Spray
  • Mark Sweeney StL Left Spray
  • Milt Thompson Col Left Spray
  • John Vander Wall Col Left Spray
  • Jerome Walton Atl Right Spray
  • Gerald Williams Mil Right Pull

Center Field

  • Jermaine Allensworth Pit Right Spray
  • Allen Battle Oak Right Spray
  • Jacob Brumfield Tor Right Pull
  • Alex Cole Bos Left Spray
  • Midre Cummings Pit Left Spray
  • Chad Fonville LAD Both Spray
  • Curtis Goodwin Cin Left Spray
  • Dwayne Hosey Bos Both Pull
  • Trent Hubbard SF Right Spray
  • David Hulse Mil Left Spray
  • Dax Jones SF Right Spray
  • Mike Kelly Cin Right Pull
  • Mike Kingery Pit Right Pull
  • Wayne Kirby LAD Left Spray
  • Rod Myers KC Left Spray
  • Rickey Otero Phil Both Spray
  • Orlando Palmerio Cal Left Spray
  • Duane Singleton Det Left Spray
  • Jesus Tavarez Fla Both Spray
  • Lee Tinsley Bos Both Spray

Right Field

  • Ruben Amaro Phil Both Spray
  • Danny Bauista Atl Right Spray
  • Trey Beamon Atl Left Spray
  • Scott Bullett CSox Right Spray
  • Jacob Cruz SF Left Spray
  • Mike Deveraux Bal Right Spray
  • Chris Gwynn SD Left Spray
  • Jose Herrera Oak Left Spray
  • Denny Hocking Min Both Spray
  • Robin Jennings CSox Left Spray
  • Chris Jones Mets Right Pull
  • Jose Malave Bos Right Pull
  • Manny Martinez Phil Right Pull
  • Orlando Merced Pit Left Spray
  • Chad Mottola Cin Right Pull
  • Lyle Mouton CSox Right Pull
  • Pedro Munoz Oak Right Pull
  • Glenn Murray Phil Right Pull
  • Warren Newsome Tex Left Spray
  • Melvin Nieves Det Both Pull
  • Les Norman KC Right Spray
  • Jon Nunnally KC Left Pull
  • Orlando Sherman Mon Right Pull
  • Dwight Smith Atl Left Spray
  • Tony Tarasco Bal Left Spray
  • Ozzie Timmons CSox Right Pull
  • Andy Tomberlin NYM Left Pull
  • Ward Turner Mil Both Pull

A classified duh

It now looks like our very secret plans concerning Ukrainian movements and some of our weapons capabilities have been leaked online. Here’s a link from the Japan Times (it does NOT contain any photos of the documents, which I won’t share):

The scale of the leak — analysts say more than 100 documents may have been obtained — along with the sensitivity of the documents themselves, could be hugely damaging, U.S. officials said. A senior intelligence official called the leak “a nightmare for the Five Eyes,” in a reference to the United States, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the so-called Five Eyes nations that broadly share intelligence.

First, ANY leak of classified data causes a nightmare for our allies. Many of them share very sensitive data with us, which requires them to trust the U.S. to treat their data seriously. When you break that trust, those allies hesitate to share data in the future. This makes it really hard to build comprehensive war plans with them, or to cooperate in general.

Now, leaks happen, both in the U.S. and by our allies, so the response to these leaks is the important part. Given that the leaks involved information stamped “Top Secret,” its not going to take the government too long to figure out who leaked it. Here’s the kicker though…what is going to happen because of it?

When I wrote a while back about the Hillary Clinton leaks and everyone treating it as “no big deal,” I was most concerned that not punishing her would essentially excuse other people to leak classified data in the future. If you’re some mediocre bureaucrat that gets to handle classified material, and you see your boss get away with leaking it, then why not leak your material to further your own agenda?

My bet is that the DoD will either find the person, who will be some mid-range bureaucrat in the intelligence community that will, at best, be removed from his or her position, or they won’t find anyone at all, which will likely mean the person that leaked it is too connected to punish. Our allies will hesitate for a while on sharing, and China and Russia will use this as an excuse to say its proof we’re really “at war” and to excuse further transgressions on their part.

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Falling short…again

The Air Force finally, finally admitted that they’ll likely fall short on recruiting numbers, according to Kristyn Jones during her testimony to Congress this week:

Jones said the Air Force likely would fall short of its enlisted active duty recruiting goals by more than 10% in 2023, and the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard are projected to miss their goals as well, but that the Space Force is expected to meet its quotas for the year.

But don’t worry, she later said that with the extra 150 million dollars allocated for recruiting, the Air Force had a 90% increase in web traffic!

Web traffic? Seriously? She has to understand this is nonsense. Web traffic means nothing. I can have an army of bots searching for my book on Amazon, which would make it seem to be popular, but unless someone actually purchases a book, it’s meaningless. Same goes for recruiting. Sure, lots of people say they’ll join the military, and even look at the website, but that doesn’t translate to recruitment numbers. Plus, let’s be honest, how many people that wanted to join the Air Force said “You know, I just can’t find what I want on the Air Force website. Guess I’ll leave and fly drones for Walmart instead!

The Army and Navy testified as well about the issues each service has recruiting. The sad part is not one service addressed any issue of substance. Did anyone apologize for the terrible treatment of vaccine refusers? How about telling people that they aren’t inherently racist due to their skin color? How about making our housing allowance cover 100% of, you know, housing?

Nahhh….I bet that’s not an issue. In other news, China is looking ahead on how it will man three aircraft carriers, and is already recruiting 14-16 year olds. Sounds weird at first, but this makes sense, since it’ll be a few years before those carriers are commissioned. Why not build your pilots early so that they have better skills to join by the time they hit 18 years old? Smart move. Meanwhile, the US Navy keeps wishing for more ships, even though it can’t fully man the ships it has now.

Another week, more excuses, and no change in the trend of recruiting numbers.

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