We shall attempt to provide additional information as we are able to squeeze it out of our sources.
Regards, respectfully, sincerely,
2LT. Joe "watcher and listener" Doaks
One thing being involved with your or any REUNION proves, is that you CARE about our roots, and our heritage. What we knew becomes more than a myth. You have become a true Alumnus of North Georgia College
August 12nd 2007
Subject: An update on the impending changes to North George College (and State University)
Dear Fellow Alumni…
recall there was initiative on the part of the administration (in response to fears of Title IX violations and non-compliance with
the Equal Protection Clause of the 14 th Amendment) to change the male student residency requirement - allowing resident males to
live on campus without affiliation to the military program. This met with some consternation by many alumni and subsequently led to
involvement by the Georgia's Attorney General for a legal position.
As yet, there is still no official word from the Attorney General's
office regarding the ongoing assessment of the residency policy at our North Georgia College (now officially referred to as NGC&SU)
As background, NGC has been in compliance with US Code Title X, which requires resident males at Senior Military Colleges to participate
in the military program (…unless foreign nationals, prior service or special exclusions authorized by the PMS.) Most other senior
military schools have long ago allowed civilian male residents: i.e.: Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Norwich. (VMI and the Citadel are
military only). Further, NGC allowed female, non-military residents (as spelled out in the US Code Title X: females have the choice).
Now the corps has female participation, and female participation in senior cadet leadership positions.
An opinion was requested of
the Attorney General regarding the current male residency policy.
In general, a decision was to be rendered on the residency policy
at NGC: Could / must the administration allow resident males without regard to the military program (thus allowing resident males
to choose military or civilian paths).
While there is, as yet, no official decision from the Attorney General's office, indications
from several reputable sources would lead one to believe that the impending decision would cause NGC to open up residency to male
students and not require participation in the Cadet Corps. This could potentially further dilute the size of the Cadet Corps which
has been the case in other military schools.
The process of official notification would probably have the Attorney General officially
notify the Chancellor of the University System of their findings. The Chancellor would then meet with President Potter and decide
what to do. The "how-to-do-it" would more than likely be decided upon by the current administration.
When last we heard from the administration,
the probable direction would be to maintain the cadet corps on the main campus as we knew it. However, there are proponents of moving
the corps to Radar Ridge. It remains to be seen what the ultimate direction will be, assuming the Attorney General rules in favor
of revised residency rules for males.
In general, most graduates of the North Georgia College military program we knew would prefer
to retain the programs from which they benefited. This is also true for non-Corps members (such as commuters) that were connected
to the school in other ways (Student Government Association, College Union Board, fraternities, etc.)
- There was recently an Alumni Council meeting and Dr Potter was in attendance for the entire meeting. As yet there has been limited
information from members of the NGC&SU Advisory Council.
- NGC commissioned 15 officers in the spring and 15 more in august for a total of 30 so far this year. There is one more commissioning
scheduled for December 2007.
- NGC's current mission is 50/year and it is to grow over the next few years incrementally to 100/yr. Cadet Command has authorized this
increase in mission. (note: NGC&SU was only able to deliver 30 commisioned officers so far this year.)
NGC: THE NATURAL STATE
What follows reads like a transcribed speech was written by Col. Dandridge M. Malone, Assistant to the Commanding General
for Organizational Effectiveness, Headquarters TRA-DOCS, Ft. Monroe, VA, following a visit he made to NGC in 1980.
Last summer our Army had three study groups working at West Point doing some appeasement research in the wake of "the Great West Point Cheating and Lawyer Harassment Affair." Buried among the annexes of that
research were bits and pieces of evidence which, when assembled, have a message that is very disturbing to me.
Further, the message, I'm sure, is now gradually disappearaing, somewhere back among those endless rows of barely warm "back burners" that stretch to infinity out across the top of the Great Army Store.
The message that I saw, simply put, was this: When you measure military skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values of young officers, there are no statistically significant differences which can be attributed to source of commission. When you measure comparative costs, however, there are enormous differences, and these differences can be summed up, rather crudely, like this: "Pay $100,000 bucks a copy at the USMA, or, go down to Ft Benning and buy the $10,000 K-Mart Special. Ain't no measurable difference, except for the label."
Then the haggling begins. The main argument used to justify the $90,000 differential is that you can't really qualify what West Point does to a man, but in the final analysis, West Point produces dedicated career officers, deeply endowed with the firtues of "Duty. Honor. Country."
Nope. At least one datum buried in last summer's research shows conclusively that the $100,000 model, with ofur year's construction time, is no more dedicated to an Army career than the $10,000 K-Mart Special that rolls off the line in 14 weeks.
West Point survives today, even in the face of the cost analysis so crudely put, above. That's because over on the Hill, the tribal elders still remember Blanchard and Davis; and Eisenhower and Bradley; and Patton; and a stirring movie of the "Long Gray Line;" and the annual highlight of the nation's football season, the Army/Navy game.
But about 10 years out from the Hill, there's a unique kind of Congressional cohort coming. Included in this cohort are those intelligent, dedicated, leaders of the generation whose members mutinied against their chain of command on a thousand college campuses; whose long-term memory associates soldiers with babies burned or baynoted; and whose value system not only condoned but conferred status upon, those who spray-canned their four letter slogans on national monuments and wiped their butts with the nation's flag.
We don't like these guys and, quite naturally, we'll attempt to disavow the threatening and undesirable: "Oh, they'll mellow when they have to get a job and raise a family." or, "... the good 'ole hard-core American people will never vote those guys in."
This kind of rationalization won't hold.
The expressions and beliefs of the now-approaching "natural" leaders may appear to be mellowed. In reality, their behavior may only be more subtle, emanating nevertheless from a value system already programmed in. And "the good 'ole American people" of today will be gone tomorrow -- relplaced by another American aggregate who will laugh at our cars and clothes, and put clips of our Apollo program on Saturday morning TV comedies for the kids. (It happened to Orville and Wilbur.)
Now this coming congressional cohort, whose point men are beginning to appear (Fonda will replace Reagan), will not be impressed when we start using our name dropping number to justify West Point. They'll courter with "Lincoln, Washington, Kennedy, Einstein, Jesus Christ," and probably a few heroes of their war, "Baez, Hayden, Rubin and a Beetle or two. ... Ain't none of them dudes ever went to West Point, man! Now, give me another reason, General, why I shouldn't buy the K-Mart special."
"This will never happen," you say, "West Point's been there 150 years. All kinds of attempts have been made to get rid of it in the past and thay all failed. There will always be a West Point."
Careful, now. I suspect that , within 100 yards of where I am right now, some wise and respected Army elder made just about the same kind of statement when Fortress Monroe was the most powerful, impregnable for in the world. But... it got "pregged." Can you describe the Coast Artillery?
In the event that West Point goes the rout of the disappearing 12-inch rifle, we need to leave our AQrmy (ours today, theirs tomorrow) prepared to meet the reverberations that will occur in the officer accessions system. I'd like to offer a place to look, a condidate option, an officer accession program which might fill significant gaps when West Point becomes a VA Hospital.
I was deeply impressed by an institution I visited not long ago. Before I describe this impression - which I'll term "the natural state." - let me take two points.
First point. For three years, I was an instructor at West Point, taught psychology, leadership, karate, and MOI (Methods of Instruction.) As a non-grad, I didn't take much for granted. I studied that institution, and all of its interwoven, inextricable, time-honored, super-coordinated systems and procedures. And I studied those fine young men. In many ways, I'm a greater "gray-hog" than a grad.
Most of what tahose young studs did, they did because they had to. Some tendril of some system or some regulation was always present, leading back somehow to privilege and punishment. Some folks call this "discipline," others, loosely, "duty," and still others, academically, "socialization." BUt when those cadets did the Army number, in any of its manifestations, they did it mostly because they had to.
Second point. I was a ROTC student in college. Navy and Marines ... and took Army ROTC courses on the side. But I had little context then. For the last two years, however, I've watched closely and Army ROTC detachment at the University of FLorida. Drank with them, ran with them, fished with them, talked leadership with them- for 2-3 days at a time. They're a different sort of dude. Most of what they do, they do because they want to. Challenge. Fun. Interest. But they ain't much account on things Army. They try, but they fumble. Eager, but awkward. Fuzzies all.
And, on a continuum difficult to describe, they on the other end from those gray young men at West Point. Neither end is "natural."
Last month, I saw "the natural state" at a place called North Georgia College. Only there two days, but I gave one big lecture on OE [Officer Evaluation] and one on Leadership; talked with students; lived witht he PMS; spoke wiht the Lion's Club; and joked with "Hair Bag" (?), a freshman guitar-picker first class. Against the contextual backdrop of the West Pointer and the UF ROTC student, those young men tood out in a striking way. When they did things Army, it wsa just, by God, "natural": Not forced. Not awkward ... natural.
At first, as I watched and listened, I didn't know what it was. Something [was] strangely, markedly diifferent about these guys. Whatever it was, it was good, from an Army perspective. Then I started thinking about the way they talked wiht me; about how they wore their uniforms; about how they saluted officers and official sedans; bout how they cleaned weapons in the supply room; about how they addressed each other by rank (Colonel ____, Captain____ , Sergeant____); about how they worked with TEC tapes; about how they asked questions; and what they asked about. All this was ... natural. Not forced and compelled and obedient. Not awkward and fumbling and superficial. Natural. Smooth. Assimilated. O V M. They just looked, acted, and talked like soldiers. As differenct from the Point man as from the ROTC cadet.
If this is, why is it? Damned if I know. Maybe it's because they wear issue Army uniforms all the time; or because they salute the flag at Retreat every day; or becaue the 400 man Corps marches to breakfast every morning and joins some of the other 1500 students at the cafeteria; or because the college pays company commanders $100 a month for maintaining good order in the dormitories; or because every student has a four drawer dresser, with two drawers Army (rolled underwear) and two drawers civilian (jumbled indescription); or because when them damned crackers up in the hills of Lumpkin County put that place together a hundred years ago, they didn't know of (and wouldn't have heeded) the West Point model, or its VMI and Citadel surrogates. Ever what they got going there at North Georgia College, it is, in my view, "Natural Army."
So what? So, let's get some heads together and go study that phenomenon and that place. Possibly, we might find there the beginnings of an evolutionary institutional adaptation to those stresses our 'ole Army will face when we are gone and the cohort comes.
Dr. David Potter
President, N. G. C. & S. U.
Tel: 706 864-1993