We Must Rescue the U.S. Military

Having retired after 24 years of proudly serving the greatest military in history, I am sad to say I could not serve under today’s top defense leadership. The Commander-in-chief of America’s armed forces, President Joe Biden, and his commanding generals have corrupted and weakened what was the world’s most formidable fighting force making it historically inadequate in just two-and-a-half years. Washington has forced the woke culture of government into the military, and our warriors must be rescued. Let’s look at some specifics.

A recent Army classroom video sets up a scenario of a biological female soldier who has declared herself to be a male and has officially re-registered her gender as “male.” She has not undergone a surgical sex change. The Army moves her into a male barracks. The video instructs the male barracks residents that, “Soldiers must accept living and working conditions that are often austere, primitive, and characterized by little or no privacy. Understand anyone may encounter individuals in barracks, bathrooms, or shower facilities with physical characteristics of the opposite sex despite their having the same gender registration.” The instructions go on to say, “Transgender soldiers are not required or expected to modify or adjust their behavior based on the fact that they do not ‘match’ other soldiers.” The video closes by stating that the instructions “apply to working, living, and recreational environments on- and off-post during duty and non-duty hours.”

In 2001, the Pentagon budget began containing gender transition treatment including genitalia modification surgeries for service members. DoD policy now states, “Transgender soldiers can openly serve with the government providing hormone therapy, mental health care, and surgeries they might require.” As of this month, the Pentagon has spent $15 million in the past five years to treat 1,892 transgender troops including $11.5 million for psychotherapy and $3.1 million for surgeries.

The Navy’s required professional reading program has added books that openly promote leftist creeds. One such book is How to Be Antiracist by leftist scholar Ibram X. Kendi which argues that “capitalism is essentially racist.” In a congressional hearing, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) asked Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, whether he agreed with Kendi. Milley said that he wants to “understand white rage.”

Last year, the Navy began forcing new recruits to watch training videos on “proper pronoun usage.” One video emphasizes the need to create “a safe space for everybody” through the use of “inclusive language including gender neutral pronouns when uncertain of someone’s “gender identity.” Similarly, the Marine Corps announced that they were considering banning usage of “sir” and “ma’am” by recruits in order to avoid “misgendering” someone.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has indicated plans for implementing “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” hiring standards, which would place factors like race, gender, and sexual orientation ahead of merit for determining promotions and commendations.

Last month, Biden’s National Security spokesman, John Kirby, declared that abortion is a “sacred obligation” of the U.S. military, implying that abortion access is vital to military readiness. Kirby said, “Our policies, whether they are diversity, inclusion, and equity, whether they’re about transgender individuals who qualify physically and mentally to serve, to be able to do it with dignity, or whether it is about female service members or female family members being able to count on the kinds of health care, reproductive care specifically, that they need to serve, that is a foundational sacred obligation of military leaders.” The U.S. military has openly funded out-of-state travel funds for individuals who serve in the Armed Forces and want an abortion.

The U.S. Air Force this year authorized travel costs for service members to attend “pride” events. The Air Force also encourages commanders to “plan and conduct” activities related to “rainbow month” including drag shows. This was shortly after the Navy employed a “drag queen” in a recruiting video.

These are just a few of dozens of examples of your taxpayer dollars financing the Democratic liberal agenda to advance wokeism in the military. As America is facing heightened tensions with China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran that could lead to nuclear war, this is no time for social experimentation being forced on our brave military men and women from the top down. Day after day of training in acceptance of deviant behavior robs critical time our service men and women desperately need for training in the defense of our nation. Military commanders’ primary focus on fighting and winning must return for the survival of America. It apparently won’t happen until sanity returns to the White House and the Pentagon in the form of patriotic conservative leadership.

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