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    Is DOD Putting America in Danger? Veterans Group Testifies Before SCOTUS to Expose Truth

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    In direct opposition to the Department of Defense position put out in Monday’s Supreme Court hearings, a veterans group claimed that affirmative action in army service academies poses a national security concern.

    According to the Army Times, one of the cases being argued on Monday could overturn a core principle that governs how the U.S. military selects candidates for officer corps ranks by declaring it unconstitutional to take race into account when evaluating applicants for university admissions. DOD officials claim that this would compromise racial diversity in the force and harm national security.

    However, a group of hundreds of veterans asserted in an advisory opinion that the admissions process for military schools could compromise national security by elevating race above qualifications and encouraging discontent among the ranks.

    According to Scott McQuarrie, head of Veterans for Fairness and Merit, “In the military, even slight differences in leader quality can make the difference between mission success or failure and life or death on the battlefield.”

    “It is a national security imperative that DOD stop using racial preferences, by whatever name, and return to a race-neutral, equal opportunity, merit-based system of selecting who will be our future military leaders.”

    “The military’s use of racial preferences today is unquestionably harmful to our national security. Such preferences are antithetical to the ‘selfless servant,’ colorblind culture necessary for our military to prevail on the battlefield.” according to VFM’s brief.

    According to the Times, the military service academies specifically take a prospective student’s race into account when evaluating their application.

    The organization claimed that using racial considerations in the selection process for military schools has been “costly” and “inefficient” and has decreased the caliber of officers produced.

    A seasoned general officer, according to a credible source cited by VFM, said that selection committees purposefully gave black personnel a preference over white officers with higher qualifications for command positions.

    In 2021, Students for Fair Admissions filed a lawsuit against the University of North Carolina, alleging that the admissions committee had neglected Asian-American and white applicants in favor of some minorities, infringing on their constitutional rights.

    The university’s selection criteria is to equalize socioeconomic circumstances that can make it more challenging for minority students to submit a strong college application.

    More on this story via The Western Journal:

    The case challenges the 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger ruling, which found that affirmative action does not violate the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. The UNC case could determine whether public universities — including military service academies — can consider race when making admissions decisions.

    “Our armed forces know from hard experience that when we do not have a diverse officer corps that is broadly reflective of the diverse fighting force, our strength and cohesion and military readiness suffer,” Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said at the Supreme Court hearing Monday.

    “Unfortunately, despite the [Solicitor General’s] claims, DOD’s race-based practices far exceed what was admitted to and what the Grutter standard envisioned,” McQuarrie told the DCNF. CONTINUE READING…

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