Friends we went to the Supreme Court yesterday again to fight against racism and support national security. The case was Students for Fair Admissions versus Harvard and the University of North Carolina to end their use of racial preferences, which is clear racism in my opinion. In cases like this previously a group representing high ranking national security officials has filed Amici briefs supporting these racial preferences and the Court has agreed with them. How do they do it? Without rigorous supporting evidence they have convinced the court these racist policies are necessary are “critical to the Armed Forces’ ability to defend our Nation’s security.” Surprisingly, no other veterans have challenged these assertions until now. I am proud to say I am a member of Veterans for Fairness and Merit (VFM), the group challenging to correct this assertion and tell the court the truth. VFM is a veterans’ organization that advocates for equal opportunity in the U.S. armed forces—that is, race-neutral, exclusively merit-based military officer accession, assignment, and promotion policies. VFM’s membership (currently 627) consists of former members of all branches of the United States military, including a wide range of enlisted men and women as well as members of all officer ranks, including 119 general/flag officers. VFM’s membership is a representative cross-section of the U.S. military, with heavy emphasis on combat deployments (934), combat leadership (476), and other high- stress operational experience. The President of Veterans for Fairness and Merit Scott McQuarrie, a West Point graduate, former infantry officer, and attorney joined the show earlier this month to go in-depth on the case.

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This piece was written by Col. Rob Maness on November 1, 2022. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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