On Wednesday, 16 December 2009, military blogs went silent in support of C.J. Grisham and to underscore that, milblogs are coming under extreme scrutiny from within. Troy Steward, writer of the Bouhammer blog and co-host of You Served Military Broadcast wrote:
While senior leadership has embraced blogging and social media, many field grade officers and senior NCOs do not embrace the concept. From general apathy in not wanting to deal with the issue to outright hostility to it, many commands are not only failing to support such activities, but are aggressively acting against active duty milbloggers, milspouses, and others. The number of such incidents appears to be growing, with milbloggers receiving reprimands, verbal and written, not only for their activities but those of spouses and supporters.
C.J. Grisham wrote a top-rated military blog called A Soldier's Perspective for many years. He was an Army Master Sargent decorated with a Bronze Star with a "V" device to denote valor, and his blog was known for his incisive writing style and unflinching opinions. He wrote about his battle with PTSD to encourage others to seek help. C.J. was always very careful to assure readers that his opinions were solely his, and not those of the U.S. Army. However, in recent months he was compelled to give up his blog when a personal issue spilled over onto his military blog. The story behind this protest is one that Hugh Hewitt says should be covered by both old and new media.
The unraveling of C.J. as a top blogger came when the J.E. Williams School in Huntsville, Alabama decided to introduce the idea of uniforms. The Grishams were concerned that the investment parents would have to make would be cost-prohibitive. So C.J. studied the issue and ended up reading a lot of dry, academic studies on the effectiveness of school uniforms.
I read through EXTREMELY boring academia studies that talked about "stratified samplings," variables, and controls. I read countless news articles and some published university debates. I read laws, laws, and more laws.
What he found was there was no difference in terms of performance and success. These two factors were mostly influenced by parental involvement. He and his wife went to the P.T.A. meeting to discuss their findings. However, both the principal and the president of the P.T.A. decided to ignore Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure and skip the public debate.