Former Air Force captain sounds alarm on crisis in U.S. military

Consortium of Defense Analysts

Michelle Zook served five years in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Battle Manager, attaining the rank of captain.

Below is her op-ed, “Major Crises? Huge Shifts in Military Culture Raise Concerns,” in Clash Daily, June 25, 2014:

As potential foreign policy crises plays out in headline after headline in the United States, there’s an even bigger crisis brewing within the nation’s military. Veterans and military personnel are losing faith in the VA, in military leadership, and in civilian leadership.The military as a whole is experiencing a vast cultural shift—some of it brought on by the ops tempo of the last decade—and many service members feel their pay and benefits are constantly under siege by a Congress (and leadership) constantly eyeing ways to balance the budget without angering more important constituencies or giving up pet projects.

Nowhere has this cultural shift been more apparent—or more…

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