Green Berets have been crying foul about lower standards at SWCC since the Obama Administration, and now the Navy has added two additional weeks to its boot camp, but not for basic seamanship or anything useful. The Navy wants the extra time to warn future sailors about the dangers of extremism and bullying, while extolling the benefits of diversity, inclusion and all the different genders.
To be clear, Russia, China, North Korea and Iran – which all pose real, not make-believe threats – would prefer our forces were wasting time in a classroom studying critical race theory, rather than at the range improving their marksmanship or in a shoot house perfecting their CQB.
The sad part is that none of this is even necessary. Our armed forces have been diverse since 1948, when President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981, which desegregated the military and paved the way for the civil rights movement. But since neither Joe nor Kamala ever served a day in uniform, they don’t understand what a diverse, inclusive melting pot the military has been for decades. It certainly was for this Midwestern boy. I’d never met many Latinos, African-Americans, Asians or Native Americans until I enlisted. The Army’s method of bonding trainees of all colors is simple – shared misery. I quickly learned that everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, hated pushing Ft. Benning closer to the center of the earth one pushup at a time, fire ants and 95% humidity. Shared hardships breed inclusivity far better than any inclusivity training ever will.
My current job affords me the honor of meeting and talking to a lot of veterans, from Medal of Honor recipients, to really special operators and, unfortunately, to a few brave kids who left chunks of their bodies in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have never heard one of them complain they were mistreated or bullied because of their ethnicity, gender or religion – not once.