We join our friend Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), in her recent challenge to the new House Republican majority to confront and end "woke-ism" in the military.
“National security depends on the All-Volunteer Force. Congress, which has the constitutional responsibility for oversight, must not allow Defense Department leaders to continue and extend woke policies that are alienating the military’s core constituency: traditional, patriotic families,” said Ms. Donnelly in a recent email to us announcing CMR’s latest report on “woke-sim” in the military.
“The armed forces’ Recruiting Crisis of 2022 will continue and worsen in 2023 unless Congress acts to restore sound priorities that are being weakened by woke ideology,” Donnelly charged.
The Center for Military Readiness calls on the new 118th Congress to oppose, change, or repeal “woke” policies in the military that are weakening morale and readiness, and to support sound priorities that would make our military stronger.
“Woke policies impose progressive ideologies and take them to extremes with enforced compliance, even if they hurt the institution,” concluded Ms. Donnelly.
We urge conservatives and CHQ readers to join the Center for Military Readiness in challenging the new Congress to end “woke-ism” in the military by addressing ten issues, linked here. In summary, Congress should…
Pentagon Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) metrics and percentage-based quotas
Divisive critical race theory (CRT) instructions in military schools and academies
Anti-extremist programs skewed by leftist ideology
Registration of Women with Selective Service for a possible future draft
Attempts to re-define Selective Service with steps toward National Service
Sex-normed (different) training standards for men and women in (infantry) combat
Unreasonable COVID vaccine mandates that exclude or discharge willing personnel
Relaxed eligibility rules for persons with a history of disqualifying behavioral problems
Sexualized military base entertainment that alienates families and disrespects women
Re-Evaluate and Revise to Promote Readiness:
Consequences of imposing “gender diversity” on direct ground combat (infantry) units
The consequences of “sex-neutral” (identical) standards” that cause disproportionate injuries, higher attrition rates, and non-deployability among women
Impact of transgender policies that accommodate gender dysphoria in the military, including violations of personal privacy in female-only living facilities and athletics
Impact of gender dysphoria policies on medical ethics and rights of religious liberty
Reality-based health care programs that protect children from woke activists who promote transgender treatments and sometimes surgeries without parental involvement
Non-discrimination and recognition of merit in enlistment and promotion polices
Command accountability for due process and justice in matters of sexual assault
Military parents’ rights to seek information about the curriculum, teaching practices, and books used in Department of Defense Education (DoDEA) schools
Peace Through Strength and American military superiority
If there are conflicts between woke social causes or career interests and the needs of the military, the needs of the military must come first. We urge pro-defense lawmakers to aggressively defend sound policies that strengthen our military, not weaken it.
The Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121 we urge CHQ readers and friends to call Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3) Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-41) Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee tell them conservatives expect the new Congress to defund “woke-ism” and the Leftwing social engineering projects that hobble our military readiness and retention.
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