The emphasis on diversity and other elements of the leftist woke agenda have supplanted training for war as the primary focus for the U.S. Navy. That is the painful conclusion of a report commissioned by four members of Congress that was just released.navy_report
Operating the most technologically advanced navy in the world requires constant training and exercises. There are never enough hours in the day to do all that is needed. That means every administrative or social engineering task detracts from that. This is not to say that Diversity and Inclusion and other programs are unimportant, but the balance has been shifted way too far toward them.
This has damaged not just the Navy’s warfighting capabilities, but the morale and esprit de corps these programs are ostensibly supposed to help with. They have become divisive and counter-productive. The actual training programs are based on Critical Race Theory and other leftist academic frameworks that claim America is a White Supremacist country infected with Systemic Racism and other forms of discrimination based on sex and sexual identity.
This pits our military members against each other by telling Black sailors they have been held back and White sailors they have been unfairly advanced as well as being responsible for the damage done to the Black troops. The same happens in the other identity groups as well. The solution is what they call equity which is simply equality of outcome.
All fields of endeavor must have an equal percentage of each identity group or they are deemed racist or sexist or homophobic. It creates the feeling of a return to a segregated service where our troops are treated differently based on the color of their skin or sex or sexual identity. That is crushing to morale as all of them now look at each other as oppressors and victims not brothers and sisters in arms.
The other huge problem is the amount of time spent on training and events and other ways to emphasize this woke agenda. It pushes the vital training needed to run a fighting Navy right out of the way. The report details first hand accounts of how many of the issues with ship-handling that led to multiple collisions recently and other readiness issues are a result of this.
If you spend more time on Pride marches than ship-driving it will show and this report illuminates that in detail. We must return the focus in the Navy to preparing for war not social engineering.