In a move that has the entire military community scratching their heads and asking WTF, the National Guard has now been given a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Those who have served are probably doubled over in laughter right now or at least blinking hard to re-read that statement but welcome to Liberaland.
The National Guard Bureau’s top officer is now a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law Dec. 31 by President Obama, adds the Guard leader to the nation’s highest military advisory group.
Of course, people are going to wonder why the hell the opinion of some guy pounding on a computer in his jammies, well actually sweatpants, should matter. How about the opinion of the other members of the Joint Chiefs along with the Secretary of Defense?
During the Nov. 10 hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the six four-star generals voiced opposition to the proposal, saying it would create needless confusion and reduce their authority.
“There is no compelling military need for this change,” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said at the time.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also opposed the measure, telling reporters in October that membership on the Joint Chiefs should “be reserved for those who have direct command and direct budgets that deal with the military.”
I am not demeaning the role the National Guard has played in our current conflicts, I have had to discard my memories of dealing with them during my time in service since the Guard has changed immensely since then, but at the end of the day the National Guard remain an armed force based at the state level and for the most part under the control of the governor of those respective states and not a national force.
This move makes absolutely no sense, has no rhyme or reason to it and other then making some lucky general a happy guy is about as useful as batteries for chemlights.