On Friday, January 20, 2017, President Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration was held and his term of presidency began. Of course, there were protests and marches against him being president. Those who did not vote for him wasted their time holding demonstrations against him being president. The fact is that no matter who became president, people would have still held protests and demonstrations. This is what the freedom of speech grants us!
Being in the military, I support whoever is elected and in office, not just because he is our commander-in-chief but because he is the highest leader of our country. What does it show other countries when we hold demonstrations and protests against our president? I believe that it shows not only a lack of support but also a lack of trust, confidence, and respect. This is ridiculous because we are the strongest country in the world, and we actually get to make the choice of who we elect as our president and the leader of our country. We all should take pride in our country and in our president for what he represents—that is the people of the United States of America. This is the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!
President Trump and the Effect on the Military
There are normally very little effects on the military when a new president takes oath. The most that usually happens is there is a change of personnel in higher military positions, and the position of secretary of defense will also change hands. Being in the military at this time, I am excited to see the changes that President Trump will make. The idea of utilizing our military to prevent the worldwide spread of ISIS and terrorism is one that is encouraging from a military standpoint. Over the last few years, anybody that has been deployed overseas and has seen combat (or even those that have not), you have witnessed the constant threat of ISIS and terrorism that is now not only overseas but right at home in the United States. Will terrorism always be there? Yes, however, we need to do something about it here in the United States.
What Changes Should Be Made in Our Military?
The first change that should be made if we are going to continue to put people in danger overseas is to provide our military with better weapons and equipment. Here are two examples: the M4 and M9. Really? These weapons need to be exchanged for better weapons. Combat units especially need to go back to .45 ACP, and the personal weapon they carry needs to be a 7.62. The thermal scopes and NVG are out dated as well, and most don’t even know how to use them.
One thing that doesn’t need to be changed is the military vehicles. This is because we spent trillions of dollars since 2001 constantly upgrading military vehicle Humvee’s to the MRAPs. These are the best by far that any military in the world has available. Here are some other changes in the military that should be made:
- Strengthen our military and quit pacifying new recruits when they come in.
- Open MOS to male and females and have only one standard no matter the age or gender.
- Stay the strongest by recruiting the strongest, both physically and mentally, and not only those who can make it past a certain level on Call of Duty.
What Veterans and Service Members Can Do
You as service members and veterans are looked up to. In cases of emergency, you are looked upon to lead and protect others. What we can do as service members and veterans no matter if we like the change or not is support our president at all times. Do not be negative or complain. Remember, he is our commander-in-chief!