A United States Navy training video that instructs Sailors on how to create ‘safe spaces’ and advertise that they are an ‘ally’ to the LGBT community has received widespread coverage and ridicule this week.
Feel free to take a moment to watch this cinematic masterpiece, courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon, before reading on:
I think the last time I saw this many rainbows in a video was when my daughter, for a short time, was a Rainbow Rangers fanatic. I could argue that the cartoon was better produced than this training video.
With simulated war games showing unclear outcomes at best and total defeat at worst between us and China, it’s questionable if this is the best use of military training dollars.
English has become almost impossible to navigate in this new world of inclusivity and diversity. Thank goodness we have the Navy to create this video to help navigate the choppy waters of allyship and acceptance.
“Instead of saying something like ‘Hey guys,’ you can say, ‘Hey everybody,’ or ‘Hey Team.'”
Taking a page from my former service, the United States Air Force, the video recommends a great way to show allyship to others by including pronouns in email correspondence. In December, the Air Force authorized gender pronouns in email signature blocks.
I remember when I couldn’t have a motivational quote in my email signature block because it was against regulations. Oh, how the world has changed.
Perhaps my favorite part of the video, which I’ve had to watch a ridiculous amount of times, is when the worry of what is called ‘misgendering’ comes up. Conchy tells Jony in the event of a misgender scenario:
“The most important thing I can tell you is, do not put the burden of making you feel good about your mistake on the person you just misgendered.”
To which Jony replied:
“Oh, thank you for telling me that.”
Wow, that is some hard-hitting dialogue. Now I’ve had my fun ragging on my Navy brothers and sisters and… teammates, but the sad truth is, the Navy isn’t the only one embracing woke training.
Generally, your military academy cadets tend to be viewed as the best of the best. They go on to be military pilots, doctors, and lawyers. Those who stay in for some time will likely ascend to Commanders, and a select few will become the nation’s top military brass.
You’d hope these young cadets are trained to be the most lethal, inspiring, and gritty military tacticians and leaders the country has to offer. But, now, you get them with a bit of wokeness on the side.
West Point cadets were taught “whiteness” and how “race privilege” tends to translate into “structural advantages.” For example, slides from the training include statements such as:
“In order to understand racial inequality and slavery, it is first necessary to address whiteness.”
But wait, the Air Force, always hoping to Aim Higher than the rest, also requires similar training at their esteemed Academy in Colorado Springs. Cadets are required to watch a Diversity and Inclusion video and are taught the basics of Critical Race Theory.
Associate political science professor Lynne Chandler Garcia of the Academy defended the course in a Washington Post op-ed, stating the importance of teaching cadets the “duality” of the Constitution:
“The United States was founded on a duality: liberalism and equal rights on the one hand; inequality, inegalitarianism and second-class citizenship on the other.”
In response to a letter from Senator James Inhofe and other Republicans, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reported that 5.3 million hours and $535,000 has been spent on extremism “stand-downs.” Those numbers include 530,000 hours and $477,000 dedicated to Diversity Equity and Inclusion training.
The military has been struggling across the board to recruit new members; hard to imagine why right? Yet, five months into this fiscal year, the Army only reached 23% of its active-duty goal.
The Air Force recruited 2,300 fewer Airmen in the first quarter than in the previous fiscal year. Likewise, the Navy anticipates fewer recruits, and the Marine Corps, which historically has never had a problem with recruitment, told the Senate in April that 2022 has been “…arguably the most challenging recruiting year since the inception of the all-volunteer force.”
In January, the Army was so desperate that they started offering $50,000 bonuses for those willing to enlist for six years. That’s insane. There were plenty of years that $50,000 was what I made for the entire year of service.
So is it a lack of inclusivity and pronoun awareness that has kept Americans from raising their right hand and signing on the dotted line? I think it has more to do with a lack of legitimate ‘safe spaces.’
This year the Navy has fired about a dozen officers in leadership positions in under three months, with the vague explanation of “loss of confidence.” Five were fired in one week.
Some believe it is related to increased suicide rates. For example, the USS George Washington had five suicides, three of which occurred within one week.
Other services aren’t immune to an increase in deaths. In 18 months, Fort Bragg lost over 80 soldiers to “sudden” and “unexplained” causes. Thirty-three of which are still “undetermined.”
For women in the military, it hasn’t gotten any safer either. According to a Government Accountability Office study this year, “reports of sexual harassment and assault in the Army continue to rise.”
But suicide and physical violence aren’t the only things military members have to worry about. The very houses they live in on-base cause them harm.
Balfour Beatty Community, one of the main private housing contractors for the military, was found guilty of defrauding the government. Essentially they were knowingly not taking care of maintenance issues on military housing facilities.
I lived in a Balfour Beatty house, and I can tell you my experience wasn’t bad, apart from the mice that were regular guests in my home. We were lucky; other families who testified to Congress dealt with black mold, skin conditions, and illnesses that were made worse.
So, in response to the Navy pronoun video’s question, “How do we go about creating a safe space for everybody?”
First, I would argue that focusing on the force’s physical well-being would be best. Then I’d focus on creating unsafe spaces for the bad guys and worry about pronouns later.
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