Department of Defense

Close the Military Service Academies and expand ROTC and other commissioning sources

The academies are the highest cost providers of officers for the military services. Each member receives an education, room, board, pay, allowances, health care, and other perks while in school at a cost of several hundred throusand dollars per person. The fixed infrastructure costs are high, and maintaining the faculty and associated staff is very expensive. Yet the academies only provide only 13% (Army)-23% (Air Force) of the services' new officers, and in fact 12% of the officers enter the military without receiving any tuition scholarship, much less any pay, benefits, housing, or food. Another 28% come from promoted service members, again without scholarship support. Expanding the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) would provide about the same number of officers at a fraction of the cost. Historically, the "best" officers come about equally from academy and non-academy sources. The only reason to retain the academies is tradition and sports and, although tradition is important, it's not a reason to save an inefficient provider of military officers



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Idea No. 11658