Originally Posted by Axil
When has "it's always been that way" been a good defense for anything? I believe it will eventually change, but likely not in our lifetime.
Except this one, which you support, yes?
I'm sure that they do. I just believe this has to do more with the caliber of people than the process. Also i confess i don't know enough about this particular process. Perhaps the service academies and ROTC programs more closely resemble a trade or apprenticeship program than your traditional four year school. In that case perhaps they are more effective at imparting the knowledge necessary to be a successful officer. Keep in mind though that knowledge is not intelligence. If someone was a dummy when he entered the service academy he'll be a dummy when he graduates, and no system will be 100% effective in weeding such out.
Anyway, i think we can safely agree to disagree here. You believe higher education is a good selection criteria for a large percentage of occupations. I do not. I suspect we will find out who is right sometime in the next 20 years or so. So don't go anywhere.
ROTC programs (which was my route) overlays military on top of the regular curriculum. Essentaiily it is an additional course of study - a total of 24 extra credit hours which do not count toward a regular degree. Plus extra time during the week and weekend activity when those involved were not playing ball plus some summer committment.
Dummies do not get into service academies BTW. Had a couple HS friends get in there - brilliant plus top athletes. As for ROTC, tough load with regular academics PLUS the military courses. You learn things through the program. Those things are not taught to regular enlistees. That is the difference.