I don't think there are any illusions among us that the military is actually meant to be a battle winning force. Too many politicians and too much money pulled from tax payers is not a recipe for a military.
The US military is an awesome machine with the best tech. But under all this, under the bravado and valor of its finest men, is the under current of waste and make work programs. Make no mistake, women and manlets want a piece of the military dollar, and in this environment they are going get it.