NEW YORK, NY - Duffel Blog contributor and Fordham University researcher James Higgenbothem has discovered that the mandatory cuts to the military in the event of sequestration include a rider that calls for the immediate closure of the United States' service academies and termination of ROTC programs.
The controversial findings are all revealed in his new book Why Obama Hates America, which will be published in late February.
A Pentagon official, who requested anonymity due to the controversial nature of the cuts, admitted to Higgenbothem that the military's solution to the removal of the military academies was simple and cost effective.
"We will replace the four year course load with an online Officer Candidate School that could be completed in as little as 16 weeks. I mean, a four-year Ensign from Annapolis or Lieutenant from West Point will cost the government over $500,000," the anonymous official told Duffel Blog. "But let's be honest, an O-1 is useless either way, and there's no added benefit from that half-million investment."
"Even an ROTC scholarship will run about $100,000 over the course of a cadet's schooling. Everyone knows these things are wastes, but since 90% of the military leadership comes from one of those pampered schools for boys, the places have never faced a serious threat. Until now, that is."
The recent drowning death of a midshipmen swimmer at Annapolis, as well as the bloody riots that claimed the lives of over 16 cadets at the Air Force Academy and West Point provided additional justification for the shut-downs. Coupled with the new Pentagon study that found the current crop of Majors were actually less effective than new 2nd Lieutenants, the choice was almost a forgone conclusion when faced with the threat of massive budget cuts.
The new plan would call for a complete ban on commission of officers from college programs. All applicants to the online course must have at least six years active duty service and hold a minimum rank of E-5.
Higgenbothem's source also notes that with online courses, the number of cadets who are hazed, sexually assaulted, or killed by negligent discharge should approach zero, saving the government additional millions that would have otherwise been spent on creating new PowerPoint classes to teach cadets why all those things are bad, as well as damages from civil lawsuits.
The Pentagon's decision isn't much of a leap from current operations today. "Things like anti-terrorism, road safety, OPSEC, and range operations are all taught via a click-through online presentation, so why not the basic skills needed to be a commissioned officer in the United States military? It's not that much of an increase in the learning curve," Higgenbothem notes.
At press time, a Pentagon spokesman reported that the new online courses will be hosted by the University of Phoenix or University of Maryland University College of Maryland University.