If you replace the stock with a McMillan or equivalent you get a better stock. If you replace it with a low cost drop-in, not so much.
History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.
If you think a strong military is expensive, think about what a weak one would cost