LT Rapone at West Point

| October 5, 2017 | 193 Comments

Our friends at Bring the Heat don’t say where they got this sworn statement on then-cadet Spenser Rapone, but here it is;

It was written in November 2015, so I’m guessing the political climate was a little different then. I’m wondering why we haven’t heard from the prescient LTC Heffington in recent days, though.

Category: Dumbass Bullshit

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  1. RM3(SS) says:

    Yet he was allowed to remain, graduate and be commissioned. Makes me wonder how many more there are like him.

  2. radar says:

    I posted a link to a Daily Caller story about Lt.Col. Heffington’s report this morning on one of the old Rapone posts. Someone needs to answer for this. How could such a turd be known to USMA’s leadership and still be allowed to graduate?? Rapone wasn’t even trying to deceive anyone – he flaunted his hateful beliefs and attitude towards both the Army and the country itself, and yet no one took action.

    The rot that set into the military in the Obama era runs deep indeed. Makes me wonder if it’s too late to be rooted out.

  3. Skippy says:

    Crazything hear to, it looks like he may have been turned in multiple times for threats also. But absolutely nothing was done

  4. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Napolean sat here and pulled his bone apart. What would rhyme with Rapone??? Above was a mens room saying written on the wall.

  5. Brown Neck Gaitor says:

    Jonn,

    That looks like page 2 of a DA-Form 2823 (Sworn Statement)

    http://www.armywriter.com/DA-2823.pdf

    I don’t remember “statement” being on a counseling statement.

  6. Fyrfighter says:

    Man, that shows just how much damage the left did to the military during that period, if a statement like that could be ignored, and the scum allowed to continue at West Point.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    “dangerously unbalanced” or “coward and hypocrite”. And West Point kept him as an officer candidate.

    How many others are there like him passing through that school? I will NOT refer to it as USMA until they clean house of this rot.

    I hope this embarrasses them enough to weed out all others like him, and quickly, too. I don’t think my tax money or yours should ever be used to pay for people like this, who obviously want to destroy this country from within.

  8. 1610desig says:

    The LTC has a fine liberal arts streak…and as said earlier, this doesn’t appear to be a counseling statement; it is a formal statement as to the little asshole’s suitability to be an Army Officer…very damning if authentic

  9. Redacted1775 says:

    Looks like he took a roundabout way of calling Rapone an asshole.

  10. Graybeard says:

    I believe that a change needs to be made in the West Point leadership cadre – and I don’t mean the students.

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    Here’s a link to a pdf of a 2011 interview with Heffington. If he was making these observations this far back and being ignored, just how deep does this go, that someone like Rapone can be passed forward?

    file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Owner/My%20Documents/Downloads/2327.pdf

    He makes several statements regarding the type of person who should be in advisory jobs. His recommendations were being ignored by the Army, for no given reason. And what did the Army end up with??? Remember our local socialistic bloviating blabbermouth?

    Does this reek of bad influence from on high? Seems to me if it smells like a dead rat, it IS a dead rat. Did we just miss the bullet?

    • Eden says:

      Ex, this file is on your computer, which we can’t access from the net. Can you upload it here, send it to Jonn for uploading?

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Let’s try this link. If it doesn’t work, I’ll send the pdf to Jonn.

      http://cgsc.cdmhost.com/cdm/ref/collection/p4013coll13/id/2324

    • reddevil says:

      You have to understand what this interview is- they interview almost everyone that comes through Leavenworth at some point because it is one of the career crossroads for most officers.

      He isn’t saying that his recommendations are being ignored, he is giving his opinion of who should be on a MiTT (having been on one myself I happen to agree, but that is a different story).

      The Army put a lot of the wrong people on MiTTs because literally everyone that was the right grade, skill, and experience level was either at war or getting ready to go back to war.

      As far as his sworn statement, I would be interested to learn what other actions were being taken- was this part of a larger investigation, or did he do it as a way to inform the TACs.

      It sounds like Heffinton was in the academic department- he taught classes to cadets. The Brigade Tactical Department (the Tacs) are responsible for discipline and leadership education. This reads like a statement he would have given a TAC.

      Heffington refers to the fact that Rapone faked the funk with his Tacs. He was a CIB and Scroll wearing Ranger, so he has sort of automatic credibility with a lot of folks. He was probably able to keep his military stuff straight with no issues (uniform looked good, room straight, tactically sound, etc), and might never have raised an alarm on that side of the house. So, the TAC figured that this MI- weenie-Middle-Eastern-Studies prof didn’t know how to handle a real live infantryman and blown him off.

      Maybe there was an inquiry and Rapone did hours on the quad. Who knows.

      Disclaimer: I am not a West Point grad- I went to an accredited university. However, I the endless hours of USMA stories I endured over the years developed in me the superpower of imitating a West Pointer at will. I use this power only for evil, and I can spout poop with the best of them. “Sir, she walks, she talks, she’s full of chalk…”

  12. Ozzie says:

    Why do I get the feeling that this whole thing is just a stunt by some attention-starved student?

    In other words…”don’t feed the trolls”.

    • David says:

      If so, he exceeded the allowable limits for an officer in the US military by a substantial margin, his judgement is corrupt, and he needs to go away. Rapidly,
      taking just long enough to set up his educational repayment plan.

    • Eden says:

      Umm, no. This goes WELL beyond an attention-getter. And he is prior enlisted, so he’s no kid.

    • reddevil says:

      He is an officer in the United States Army, and was serving in that capacity when he made contemptuous statements against the President and other officials. This alone is a punishable crime.

      He arguably is guilty of sedition and subversion.

      Following a full investigation he should be prosecuted for any crimes, have his commission revoked, and be separated from the service. The last two could be done now, we don’t even need a reason. He serves at the pleasure of the president.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        In my view, it would be better to bust him down to E-1, keep him doing crap tasks like permanent burn pit duty, under guard, until his contract runs out. Include a “no contact” order. He is an arrogant know-it-all asshole and a spoiled brat who needs a serious lesson in humility and what it means to lose his freedom.

        If not that, drop him off at the Korean DMZ border with a note that he can’t get rid of tattooed to his chest.

        • Eden says:

          “it would be better to bust him down to E-1”
          Unfortunately, you can’t do that to an officer. The only way that could work is if they were able to revoke his commission first (as though it never happened). Not a JAG, but I would think they have justification (commissioned under false pretenses).

  13. OkdManchu says:

    This is some bullshit!

  14. othrgr says:

    As a member of the USMA class of 75, the only thing I find more repugnant than this self aggrandizing,factually challenged attention whore is a command climate that allowed him to continue his studies and graduate. Granted; I’m old, but I would happily volunteer to discuss this individual’s attitude and lunatic leanings behind the gym.

  15. ARink5580 says:

    It’s not surprising PFC/CDT/LT Rapone was RFS’d from Ranger Regiment. My question is how did he manage to get into West Point at all?

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      RFS’ed, what’s that mean in English? Just curious.

      • Andy11M says:

        Released For Standards. That’s Ranger speak for “you fucked up and we don’t want you around anymore”. In a regular military unit, if you screw up , or are just a general shit bag,your unit has to deal with you. Not in the Rangers. You screw up, you get your walking papers and get sent to one of the regular Infantry units on Benning, Stewart, or Lewis.

  16. Club Manager says:

    It’s been a few years since I worked there but seems to me a LTC would be a regiment commander, maybe a department head. Can’t wait for Senator Rubio to have him in front of Committee so maybe we can get some answers and the duckweed in the chain who ignored the warning gets to put his papers in. Or maybe, he was hoping for another Fort Hood.

  17. Starbux says:

    if this is true and not some false forged thing. This indicates a clear case of passing the buck syndrome that I have seen. If true, this would indicate that the leadership made the decision to let him pass go knowing the result would be handled once he was in an AD unit. I would hope this is fake news, otherwise it shows the academies have a systematic problem with maintaining its fundamental core values, or they are being severely watered down. If that is the case, are the service academies a relevant use of tax dollars to produce officers now? In ROTC, at least I went through, if you pulled a stunt like this, you would have been bounced off the island so fast your head would have been spinning.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      All good points.. one thing to remember though, it could very well be that doing away with service academies is just one of the collateral damage effects that obummer planned on.. it seems it wasn’t that long ago that some of the dims were trying to do just that..

      • Starbux says:

        True, but when I went on AD and started UPT at Vance ’03. I was in a class full of academy guys from the USAFA. I had my stereo type that they would be the most stracked blue blood AF officers. No, they were the most cynical and disgruntled people I had met. The only advantage I saw them have was that they were immune to the AF training environment. Most of them had an easier time in pilot training playing the game. It took me about a month and a half in our flight line phase to figure the game out.

        In terms in pure officership, they were no different than someone from ROTC, OTS or the Air Guard’s AMS course.

        My understanding was the academy was designed to be a venue to groom the professional officer to essentially to be tapped to be the top leaders of whatever service they were in.

        With the exception of the USAFA, the other two were set up in a time where there were not many civilian schools adequate to give the education coupled with the military training at that time. It was not until the Thompson Act when they had the ROTC programs set up.

        So it does beg a serious question, all politics and rhetoric aside. Are we getting the best bang for our buck now? I have heard from some academy officers anecdotally, say that they don’t think they receive much more of an education than a good state school like T A&M, VT, GT or others. If that’s the case would it be cheaper to offer complete full rides that cover everything they need to graduate a high end civilian school. I believe the Navy did an assessment and found that they could save 200K per student by simply giving them a scholarship to MIT, Harvard, Stanford, or like schools.

        If they are no longer being the elite officers that the academies envisioned them to be coupled with not being in a world class educational environment, it does seem like we could be pouring money into a failed system.

        • Fyrfighter says:

          No argument at all, and it’s entirely possible that they have outlived their usefulness, I was just saying that we should do a full housecleaning and reassessment before we throw the baby out with the bathwater, and base the decision on one shitbag… If it is what needs done, turn part of em into museums, and re purpose the rest.

          • Starbux says:

            I agree, and I would never suggest this course of action for this isolated incident. Its been a thought in my head for over a decade now. I have kind looked whole spectrum of the above, from the quality of education, to the overall conduct of affairs at these institutions.

            But I am not going to lie that I am floored he would act this way while under the UCMJ. Academy cadets, unlike ROTC are under the UCMJ and are subject to a general court martial. He clearly could have received an Article 15 for this. But if something so severe that a cadet could get NJP, you would they would be subject to expulsion. In his case sent back to the regular Army under his enlisted status.

            Either way he has dug himself a big hole. He doesn’t realize that if they did not give him NJP for the described insubordination, they might go ahead and bring him up on charges for that conduct with the current conduct in his little rants. He could be in some serious trouble.

            What a shame to just flush your career down the drain so quickly and foolishly. I guess better now than later before he could do some serious damage.

            I could never as a cadet fathom telling off any officer let alone a Lt Col. Shit I am a reserve Major now and I would never pop off to a Lt Col like that. WTF was this kid thinking?

        • sj says:

          I got blessed by being a Citadel graduate (shout out to TSO). Paid for mine but still had military training creds.

          My first BN CO in the 82nd was a mustang and hated Academy guys and we had 6 of them, and me, in ’63. Actually all of them were good troops.

          Not so much for the CPT WP’er that I relived as the BN S4 as a 1LT. Swore everything was great and since both of us had gone through a strict honor system, I believed him. Was that ever a mistake.

          All institutions have a “normal distribution” of people: a few assholes; lots of normal folks; a few water walkers.

    • rgr769 says:

      Although I was in ROTC over 48 years ago, I know that either of these sworn statements would have put an end to my RA commission. I also know either of them would have killed my ever getting a top secret security clearance once on active duty. What the hell have the proglodytes done to our military?

    • Dinotanker says:

      In my experience (as little as it is) in the Army Reserve, Guard, and a wee bit o’ active duty; I have to say that regardless of the source of commission, a dirt bag is a dirt bag.

      I have had the honor to work with mustangs, OCS, ROTC, and Academy graduates and found that I mostly mirror Starbux’ experience. Being an enlisted soldier first, I had a tendency to take USMA and non-prior service ROTC officers with a huge grain of salt. As time went on, and I grew up, I found out that what the person had in their heart and brain was WAAAAAAAAY more important than where their commission came from.

      I have three sayings or mantras locked in my brain from the officers I learned the most from:

      You Don’t Have to Remember the Truth (CPT M (U of MT ROTC))

      Ya Done Good, but Ya Fucked Up (Same guy above)

      YOU, as an officer, have a duty to say when something is Stupid and Fucked up, with that is another more important duty; to propose a valid solution to the issue at hand (A very well spoken CPT S, USMA ’77.

      With apologies to Starbux and O4E; I still am thankful I was able to bail as an O3, most of the 04’s I worked for were more like the not so lamented Commissar.

  18. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    LTC Heffington Netted Out:

    Rapone is an adolescent @$$hole who has flawed arguments and won’t change … needs to go.

  19. Hayabusa says:

    If anyone hasn’t gone to the link and read the entire statement, you need to do so. It is literally incredible. Rapone was blatantly disrespectful and insubordinate to a superior officer on multiple occasions and was known at the time to be an anti-American Communist. Yet he was allowed to remain at West Point, graduate, and receive a commission.

    To describe the actions of the officers who allowed this to happen as moral cowardice and failed leadership would be a severe understatement. There needs to be a serious investigation to determine how this happened, who is responsible, and how deep the rot goes at West Point. And people need to be held accountable and have their careers ended.

    Not holding my breath waiting for that to happen, unfortunately.

  20. Arby says:

    Given the way this case was (mis)handled, I wonder how much more we don’t know about this one http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=65718 and others…

  21. Rich Gallegos says:

    Where is LTC Heffington? Recovering from a severe overdose caused by prolonged exposure to a thesaurus.

  22. Mason says:

    So is this one of those “If you see something, say something, and we’ll ignore it”?

  23. OldManchu says:

    I bet LARS wants to date this commie bastard. Chelsea Manning style.

  24. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Ranger School booted his ass.

    Ranger Regiment booted his ass.

    USMA graduated and commissioned him.

    So perhaps the Rangers might be tasked to train and commission Officers. Or at the very least, to fumigate USMA.

    Simply un-fucking-believable!

    Where the fuck were the Honor Code bound classmates? How many cadets and cadre failed to say “no way! Over my dead fucking body do we commission this disreputable disloyal shitbag!”

    The whole fucking class stood there with him at graduation! The class before passed him along.

    Shut it down now. Start over.

    Relieve for cause anyone who did this, or stood by for it.

    Why? This is -not- the only one. This is just the awesomely -stupid- fucker that wanted to rub everyone’s nose in it.

    I want the post-purge survivors to fucking -witch hunt- the ones that were smart Enough to stay invisible.

    The fucking – Republic- is at stake if we let this go on. Shitbags like this then run out any decent folks, and then say goodbye to civilian and free rule.

    Think I exaggerate? Look at Venezuela. That didn’t just happen one day, when everyone just said “hey, let’s try Marxism”.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      “The Long March”.. he said it himself

      • bg2 says:

        Perhaps more than only the previous administration is to blame. Trends take time to develop; things do not change overnight.

        • Hondo says:

          Certainly. But as someone noted elsewhere in comments, left-leaning gangs of naive fools and Fellow Travelers Administrations ran DC for 16 out of the previous 24 years.

          Seems to me like that’s enough time to effect some degree of change.

    • Atkron says:

      That one photo of him with the message inside his cover was taken by someone else…obviously he had ‘Cadet Comrades’ there with him.

      Are they being investigated too?

      I mean, as a Petty Officer, had I witnessed that bullshit you can bet I’d have turned his ass in.

      Then again, if a LTC can’t get him into a Article 15 situation what good would a 2nd Class PO?

      • Fyrfighter says:

        Yep, LTC should have stomped a mudhole in his ass right then and there..

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          I rather doubt he was permitted to do so. Thus, the sworn statement.

          USMA graduated that shutbag, openly and un-apologetically. They have disgraced themselves. The sanction should be severe.

          • USMC Steve says:

            With apologies to anyone from the USMA, my observations from out here have shown that it is pretty fucked up, and really needs to be turned off. The Prick Factory has some of the same problems, and frankly, what is the need for either of them? If this sort of thing is allowed, the service acadamies have stopped being useful. You have rules. You apply those rules. All the time, every time. This cocksucker is now going to be an officer in charge of troops and has very questionable judgement and loyalty. Frankly, were I one of his people, I would frag him.

  25. Mark Lauer says:

    I believe the good LtCol. has it right. The standard ‘angry young man” who has no idea what he’s angry about, just that he’s angry, and he’s going to do something about it.

    I remember when I had all the answers too. Of course I was 15 at the time, and not in my fucking 20s.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Oh, I think that’s a bit shortsighted on your part, Mark Lauer. This wasn’t some teenager on a rebellious streak. Rapone was far past that point by the time he entered West Point as a cadet. His attitude is not that of someone who is simply the ‘angry young man’.

      You need to go back and reread the report. Rapone was both unfit and unsuited for a position in US military leadership. He should have been shitcanned long before he was allowed to graduate.

      • Fyrfighter says:

        Agree.. I think the LTC just included that line to cover all the bases, so he couldn’t reasonably be accused of bias

      • MSG Eric says:

        Yep, I think he was including that as a “this isn’t just a phase this dipshit is going through”.

        Like too many millenials these days, they must be “outraged” by the current culture and are seeking out Counter-Cultures to join others who are similarly “outraged”.

        They might have some “intelligence” but their wisdom meter is running at about 0.5.

  26. Carlton G. Long says:

    Another case of “we knew all about him but failed to do anything about it” when someone makes negative headlines.

    • Ret_25X says:

      From the “In Case You Missed It” files,

      Academy grads are being routinely found to be abusing their enlisted, sexually predating juniors, stealing, and getting away with most of it.

      The toxic leadership model starts early. They are not born that way, they are molded, forged and refined to be that way.

      Somewhere along the line, going to the Academies became a political favor (much like those Dept of State jobs for 3 name assholes from Ivy League schools) and the consequences have been terrible for our military–and likely the entire nation as well.

      Back in the ’80s, Academy grads came in two types, excellent leaders and turds. The great ones dealt with the turds with a quickness. Over the past 10 or so years, most of them I have worked for and around are SJW turds so self absorbed they lie about PT tests, allow prostitution rings to exist, tolerate cliques and clubs within the units, and perjure themselves in front of congress…..

      And people wonder where a Rapone comes from….

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        “Over the past 10 or so years, most of them I have worked for and around are SJW turds…”

        I can see that, my CO in A-stan was a dyed-in-the-wool heart-on-the-sleeve Clintonista SJW and he was a Ringknocker.

  27. Graybeard says:

    Is it too late to revoke Rapone’s degree?

    I do not know enough about West Point to know who to blame for allowing this complaint to go unaddressed, but what I’d like to see is those in the chain of command pushing them out until the Sergeant gets tired. Along with some time in the brig and a refund of salary for failure to execute their duty.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      It’s like I said: how deep is the rot in this business? And did we just miss the bullet?

      • Ret_25X says:

        the rot is not “deep”. The entire structure is all rot.

        Great officers are an accident these days. The Army rewards them by passing them over and forcing them out.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      “Is it too late to revoke Rapone’s degree?”

      I hope not and IMHO they need to find a way to make him reimburse the U.S. Army for the four year ride he got at the USMA! I hope they can and if they do, they’ll collect come hell or high water, DFAS does NOT play games when someone determines that you owe Uncle Sugar some money!

      • DirtDart says:

        i want the degree revoked. its epic karma!!! he would have spent 4 years WASTING his time for nothing. And will be among those DISHONORED few that were kicked out, and every one knows why. its like dumbass whitgenfield and killer shovel guddick and kicked out of the SF Association. And all these worms can do is blame the reflection in the mirror for the fallout!

        • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

          Joe Teti was also kicked out of the SFA, something only a handful of people have had done to them. As to Spenser Rapone (Google Hit!!), I still sincerely hope they decide to come after him for the expenses of his four years at the USMA!!

  28. Just An Old Dog says:

    the answer to how this can happen is simple. The Military was under the Clinton and Obungler administration for 16 of the past 24 Years.
    People were recruited, Commissioned, Promoted and assigned to billets as a social experiment, and any of the old school holdouts had to walk on eggshells so they wouldn’t offend some special snowflake and have a screeching leftist congress critter come after them.
    The time for a purge is now.

  29. The Other Whitey says:

    This little chickenshit dreams of being the next Bob (master)Bateman. Or the next Lars Taylor.

  30. Bulletbrother says:

    If I had ever spoken to an officer like that I would have been swallowing my teeth. Seriously what the fuck is wrong with that LtCol?

  31. Dave Hardin says:

    Its the new Army people, be all you can be, Army of One, free speech and individual rights.

    You people are so 80’s

    Its no longer the Army of Don’t ask Don’t tell,

    Its the Army of Say it loud and say it proud.

    I remember the days when you could stuff a Marine recruit in a dryer for a cycle or two and they didn’t leap off the roof over it.

    Jelly doughnut anyone?

  32. Mike says:

    When I first started getting security clearances, there were definite questions about Communists and communism. I don’t remember the questions from 2004, but I still have the questionnaire I filled out for my latest (and last) clearance from 2014. Not one mention of the C word. Just some vaguely worded affirmation that you don’t seek to over throw the US Govt by violence or are a member of a terrorist organization.

    Times have changed.

  33. W2 says:

    If that is a real statement that LTC needs to get the sand out of his mangina. Seriously, letting some junior talk to him in that fashion and then writing it up in a statement like some limp wristed milquetoast? Weak.

    Before you jump on my pills API, I haven’t replaced that combo cover from last time yet. just so you know.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      It’s all good, W2, I myself am half past damn astounded as to WHY THE HELL that episode didn’t get him thrown the mudda-fuck OUT of the USMA?

    • Hondo says:

      LTC Heffington probably remembered that the Army takes a helluva dim view of officers getting into a physical altercation with junior personnel (or peers or seniors, for that matter). He likely decided beating the hell out of the little sh!t wasn’t worth risking his career.

      Personally, I think he showed admirable restraint. I’m guessing that Rapone was trying to goad him into doing something stupid with witnesses nearby – and he had the self-control to not fall for it.

      • radar says:

        100% agree. He was daring Lt.Col. Heffington to lose his temper and do something that would get him in hot water.

        • rgr769 says:

          Commies love to goad people who oppose them into doing something they can exploit.

          • Ex-PH2 says:

            …but if it’s something done out of sight, around a corner, behind the dumpster in the alley and no surveillance cams anywhere, well, then it’s his word against whoever did it.

            I wonder what would happen to Repo Rapone if he ran into a couple of anonymous people who would take delight in pounding his arrogant ass into the ground… just wondering, that’s all.

      • W2 says:

        He didn’t have to jack the guy up physically, but he definitely shouldn’t”t have argued with the guy as he spelled out in his limp wrist statement (if all this is true). End the conversation once that smart ass started running his suck, order him to return to his room, and in the morning use the full force of the UCMJ to ruin his life for a while

  34. SFC D says:

    Maybe the service academies need some crusty old senior NCO’s to “assist” the officer cadre. I’m thinking that would unfuck a lot of cadet problems.

  35. Doc Savage says:

    Well now, isn’t this little red snowflake a precious bit of work?

  36. FatCircles0311 says:

    Yup. Confirmed shitbag.

    Obvious someone was watching his ass and helping him get through. Probably other commies that aren’t exposed yet. The deeper they dig on this turd the more turds they are going to find no doubt about it. .

  37. 26Limbeans says:

    Spenser?
    The spelling alone is a giant clue.

  38. DefendUSA says:

    If it matters, then why have they not relieved him and sent him packing? Buddy Fucker.

  39. Ex-PH2 says:

    The way I see this is the LTC did report the cadet’s behavior as unacceptable, and filed the report properly. Followed procedure. Nothing happened, nothing followed, from higher up. Apparently, Repo Rapone wasn’t considered to be anything but a loud-mouthed blatherskite at the time. Considering the tolerance by the USMA of those young women who did the “black power” fist photo, the command structure was knuckling under to an agenda from higher up.
    I’d say it’s time to clean house up there. I would like to know why such unacceptable behavior was let go. We haven’t seen anything like that yet from Annapolis, have we? Or have we? Does it mean students at USNA-Annapolis are watched more closely, or just to busy to be wankers?

    • Bubblehead says:

      Been a while since I was at USNA, but I can tell you that its proximity to DC means its under a microscope most of the time and they know it. I don’t know about the current climate there, so I can’t speculate.

      As for cleaning house, it may warrant a hard look for leadership at the faculty of all service academies. I believe the Army is taking a look into his student advisor. But closing down the academies would be a mistake.

  40. Guard Bum says:

    I was a Marine Mustang and I don’t think any one commissioning source or institution of higher learning is inherently better than the other as far as producing good officers and in fact, I think a mix (including academies) is actually very important in producing diverse leaders.

    I served with some very fine ring knockers and some turds including one prick who was devastated when I got augmented and he did not. Same thing goes for ROTC, VMI, The Citidel, ECP, LDO etc.

    We need to clean house at the academies but I am not in favor of throwing the baby out with the bath water. If you think West Point and Annapolis are out of control I fail to see the advantage of closing them and sending everyone to solely civilian universities where his type of behavior is openly lauded.

    A high profile investigation, public sacking of the toxic leadership that allowed this to happen and even a thorough vetting of Rapone’s peers at the academy is in order but the basic reason behind having military academies is even more important today than it was when they were founded IMO.

  41. SGT Ted says:

    This is what happens when the President hates his own country and appoints radical leftist fellow travelers into the military command structure. Is there any doubt now about what Obama and the Democrats really are that an out and out America hating Communist was allowed to graduate West Point? This is how subversion is conducted.

  42. Atkron says:

    Joe McCarthy was a prophet.

  43. Ex-PH2 says:

    All I can say is this guy is more interested in getting attention and being the center of it than anything else. Keep him in the Army at E-1 or E-0 for the six years he owes taxpayers and put him with some really ornery USMC DI, or worse. Make him clean heads/latrines, give him permanent burn pit duty, and make it plain that he is not to be spoken to or consorted with until further notice.

    If no that, put him on a ship out at sea, within the boundary waters and drop food to him once a month. Any of you slackers ever read ‘Man Without a Country’? I read that in 7th grade. No contact, period, for life.

  44. Rosalee Adams says:

    I look at some of the menagerie now graduating from the academies and wonder and they just keep on coming.
    I also think how totally disdainful some academy grads are regarding those of us who entered the military via ROTC/OCS route and think of how grateful I did.
    I served throughout Vietnam + and am a Navy brat and do not regret for one minute I am one of those pathetic OCS grads.

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