Let’s abolish West Point: Military academies serve no one, squander millions of tax dollars

I have nothing but respect for the men and women that serve our great country, but our military academies (like much of the higher education industry in this land) are a wasteful pet project for the politically connected.

The service academies once had a purpose: when they were founded in the 19th century (the Air Force split off from Army after World War II), college was classics and religion for gentlemen, so it made sense to have technical training institutes for people who would be in charge of increasingly technical warfare.  All the service academies have now to justify their cost and their pretensions, it seems, is their once-illustrious history, and the club of “tradition,” which they wield mercilessly against students who dare question why things are as they are.

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