Thursday, July 21, 2022

This is No Time for Our Military to Go Woke — So Vets Like Me are Fighting Back; Military recruitment suffers from ‘wokeness,’ weakness and sickness, and related stories

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This is no time for our military to go woke — so vets like me are fighting back:
When I joined the US Army in 2011, the training I received — beginning with ROTC, then infantry officer school, followed by Airborne and Ranger schools — focused on preparing me and my fellow soldiers to prevail in battle. Only five months after Ranger school, I deployed to Afghanistan, where everything I learned would be tested.
Woven into this training was something even more important than tactics and weapons: We were inculcated in an old and honorable military culture defined by ideas like duty, courage, discipline and selflessness.
This is rarely the case today, more than a decade into a quiet revolution in the culture of the military initiated by the Obama administration and being pushed with new fervor by Team Biden. This revolution treats the military as yet another American institution whose traditions must be targeted in the name of “diversity, equity and inclusion.” And it is happening at a moment of growing peril from overseas.
Consider the score. Despite Ukrainians’ valiant resistance, Russia may emerge from the war with more territory and closer ties to Beijing. China’s arms build-up is relentless; last year, the Communist Chinese Navy surpassed our own as the world’s largest, and China is methodically wresting military, diplomatic and economic dominance in the Pacific away from the United States.
Iran is on the cusp of obtaining nuclear weapons; North Korea, already a nuclear power, performed an unprecedented 18 ballistic-missile tests over the last year. Our disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan laid bare the incompetence of our intelligence community and the limits of our resolve. --->READ MORE HERE
Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times
Military recruitment suffers from ‘wokeness,’ weakness and sickness:
We live in the land of the free because of the brave. So many Americans seem to take that for granted. We must do more to ensure a fully functioning volunteer U.S. military.
So far this year, the U.S. Army has only hit about 40% of its recruiting goals according to published reports last week. Recruitment goals were met by each branch of the military during the pandemic, but reserve numbers were down. The slow down in recruitment for active duty has now hit the Army and the Navy, while the other branches just hit their goals.
Retention levels were high during the early stages of COVID-19 as there were significant levels of uncertainty. At the same time, recruitment efforts were hurt during the pandemic as schools and colleges were shut down. Now, many service members are leaving for jobs in a very competitive environment for employees. High departures and declining recruitment spells trouble on the horizon — unless changes are made going forward.
Much to my surprise, about 75% of America’s 17- to 24-year-olds were ineligible for military service due to lack of education, obesity, other physical problems or criminal history, according to a report issued by the Mission: Readiness group. That is a huge problem as a vast percentage of the young people in Generation Z are not prepared to serve in the military.
“Woke” policies, union bosses and education bureaucrats are largely to blame for this lack of preparation. Two years of shutdowns have been devastating to so many students. We are just starting to see the negative impact on educational attainment, as well as physical and mental health issues. Young people were the least likely to face serious harm from COVID-19, yet they faced some of the longest periods of isolation from closures.
As if the shutdowns were not enough, schools seem to be more focused on bogus theories like critical race theory and the 1619 Project than teaching students the fundamentals like reading, writing, math, science and objective American and world history. Too many students are trapped in failing schools. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Glazov Gang: The Military Went Woke – and Began to Crumble

Thanks To Leftist Corruption, U.S. Military Recruiting Is In Total Freefall

The Military Went Woke. Now It Can’t Find Recruits

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