Military deserves our thanks

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 01:41 PM.

They enter military service not knowing much except how to slouch, mumble and text. They come out competent and confident citizens of substance.

There’s no telling how much money parents squander sending ill-prepared and un-motivated children to colleges to wander between classes looking for subjects with which they can "relate." Some soar but many plop into "fluff" majors no thicker than a video game DVD.

I doubt there’s anything better for today’s typical high school graduates than military service. Besides saving our nation, the Armed Forces saves young people. "Thank you" seems so inadequate.

Otis Gardner’s column appears here weekly. He can be reached at 

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