Feeding an Ignorant Beast, the "Citizen Soldier"

Away on "vacation," I had a chance to page through GX magazine, the National Guard's own monthly retention propaganda. It's similar to Army times only, if you can believe it, less scholarly.

Alongside glorified images of "U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters" setting out on an air assault mission, articles about flag etiquette, wrestling moves, and NASCAR news updates seem to be a monthly occurrence. (NASCAR sponsorship is apparently only logical because, says LTG Clyde Vaughn, it is a great program due to "strong family values that line up well with the Guard").

But perhaps the most disturbing dilution is the "Victory Map."

Truly, they didn't just starve the beast, they changed it's diet.