I was over at the VMI web site tonight, as always I looked at the employment opportunities. Imagine my surprise when I saw this, an advertisement for Military Science Training Non-Commissioned Officers. WTF–the Army can’t find NCOs. Of the ROTC instructors I had at VMI, SFC Okie Sims, and MSG Bigger left a lasting impression. They were professionals. The knew the Army, they had served in Vietnam. MSG Bigger talked to us about the M16 protection stick. SFC Sims was the type of NCO who had a Silver Star and an Article 15 for the same act in Vietnam. So why can’t the Army find the right NCO. I have sadly concluded that the Army is not really interested in ROTC–I go out on limb–if you look at our General Officers in key positions (division, corps, army or higher) the majority are West Point graduates. The WPPA is alive and well, and ROTC and their products are expendable.