Our armed forces are not near as over-rated as you think. In fact, they're pretty damn good. I should know. I spent 13 years in the Army and was medically discharged as a Warrant Officer. Then I spent 4 years as a defense contractor. We're good; real good. The problem isn't now. The worry you need to possess is the continuing emasculation of our men; the future catalyst of our destruction. We need to keep our kids competitive (whether it be in band or boxing), well informed, and well taught. I hate to say it, but everyone here needs to start stepping up and doing what we can to nip this in the bud. If not, if we sit on our asses and expect politicians in Washington to save us...we're f***ed.