For starters, the military is shrinking. The U.S. Army fell short of its 2022 recruitment goal by 25% —or 15,000 soldiers. U.S. Army Secretary Christine Wormuth told CNBC last month that the military is competing in a tough job market —and potential recruits aren’t healthy.
“Only about 23% of kids between 16 and 21 are able to meet our standards, and some of that, frankly, is reflective of the problem that we have in our country with obesity,” she said, adding that behavioral health and misconduct are also factors.
But Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have a different theory as to why America’s military is failing to find recruits: wokeness.
The House Reps released a bombshell report this week: Woke Warfighters: How Political Ideology is Weakening America’s Military.
“The United States and the world are better off because of these brave men and women,” the reports introduction says. “Unfortunately, President Joe Biden and his administration are weakening America’s warfighters through a sustained assault fueled by woke virtue signaling.”
“Our military’s singular purpose is to ‘provide for the common defense’ of our nation,” the report continues. “It cannot be turned into a left-wing social experiment. It cannot be used as a cudgel against America itself. And it cannot be paralyzed by fear of offending the sensibilities of Ivy League faculty lounges or progressive pundits.”
“The Department of Defense’s priority should be training the men and women of our Armed Forces to be a united, lethal and battle-ready force primed to defend the United States and her interests at a moment’s notice,” Roy told Fox News Digital. “Instead, Biden’s woke Pentagon is using taxpayer dollars to promote blatant anti-American ideology.”
And he’s right. Joe Biden’s military is all in on equity. How do we know? Look no further than Kelisa Wing, the chief diversity equity and inclusivity officer at the Department of Defense.
According to Fox News, Wing has tweeted, “she is ‘exhausted with these White folx’ and suggested Black people are incapable of racism, comments that sparked an ongoing probe at the agency. Bishop Garrison, another diversity official at the agency, has promoted elements of critical race theory through his praise of the 1619 Project, a controversial education project that describes slavery at the core of American history.”
“The report also notes that the military covers the costs of transgender procedures for its members and allows them to serve as transgender and use the bathroom of their preferred gender. Military recruitment videos in recent years have touted the military’s inclusivity to LGBT members with the use of the rainbow pride flag.”
The military should be an institution where Americans set aside differences, not magnify them. Inclusivity isn’t likely to win any wars —but stringent combat training will.
It may be time to refocus on what matters.