US Military: Social Justice Warriors

US Military: Social Justice Warriors. By Rod Dreher.

The military has become consumed with Wokeism and the Left has fully conquered it. … Once the Left subverted the military, then it’s subverted the last institution in America that was truly national and something of a refuge for conservatives. The battle, if not the war, has been lost. …

‘Pregnant women are going to fight our wars’ — Tucker Carlson

Back in 2015, the US Marine Corps’ own study found that when it comes to infantry combat, diversity was our weakness:

All-male ground combat teams outperformed their mixed-gender counterparts in nearly every capacity during a recent infantry integration test, Marine Corps officials revealed Thursday.

Data collected during a monthslong experiment showed Marine teams with female members performed at lower overall levels, completed tasks more slowly and fired weapons with less accuracy than their all-male counterparts. In addition, female Marines sustained significantly higher injury rates and demonstrated lower levels of physical performance capacity overall, officials said. …

Which was precisely Tucker Carlson’s point! He was only stating pretty much what the USMC itself found in 2015. But all that has been memory-holed. If the US military is so confident in its woke policies, why it is so damn touchy when criticized? …

That woke culture has overtaken the military at the highest levels should not surprise us. The military does not stand separate from the rest of Western culture. The Tucker Carlson incident highlights what rubes and dupes cultural conservatives have been for quite some time. We on the cultural right have been living under the illusion that the US military is a conservative institution, and that only culturally conservative Americans are drawn to serve in it. …

Political fantasies prevail:

What we call “wokeness” has now been folded into the American mainstream — and now wokeness is armed. Twenty years ago, these same people took America to war to turn Afghanistan and Iraq into liberal democracies. Having learned nothing, now the newest iteration of the regnant American ideology infuses US warmaking.

Never mind that in reality, units that have women in combat roles perform less well than all-male ones, for reasons that are perfectly obvious to anyone not blinded by ideology. But the ideology of the ruling class will not allow reality to intrude. …

How it works:

The officer corps has become woke because there is every incentive to do so. Almost nobody on the Right will ever oppose whatever the military wants — this is why Tucker Carlson’s objections caused such alarm: he’s a prominent right-wing voice who questions the military … It’s the same thing with Big Business: corporate leaders know that the right-wing masses are patsies so sold out to free-market fundamentalism that they cannot bring themselves to question anything Big Business does.

Ambitious officers understand this, and understand that to oppose wokeness, in all its manifestations, is to jeopardize your career, but to embrace and advocate it is smart. The US might not be able to prevail on battlefields, but our leadership can prevail in the fight for career advancement. …

Would you want your son to join today’s military?

The US has been losing war games, and losing them badly, for some time. We are a lot weaker than we think. The military’s obsession with wokeness — did you know that the US Navy’s leadership has its sailors reading Ibram X. Kendi, and other radicals? — is doing nothing for helping us win wars. …

My younger son is 17, and wants to join the military. I have been writing here about how normally I would have supported that, but my conscience really bothers me about it, most of all because I do not trust the US Government not to waste the lives of our soldiers in stupid, pointless wars, but also, as of late, because I do not want my son to put his life on the line serving an organization that values ideology more than it does the lives of its soldiers. …

If my son were to become a Marine, I would be appalled that the USMC would send him out into combat in a half-female platoon, knowing that these platoons, based on the USMC’s own research, do not perform as well as all-male ones. They would be putting the life of my son on the line for woke political ideology, and I cannot stand that thought.

Nor do I want my son to have to affirm garbage trans ideology and Kendi Thought as a condition of defending his country. He should not be taught to think by the US military that he is a lesser man because he is white. His mother and I have raised him to deplore racism, and not to judge people on the basis of their skin color, but rather by the content of their character. And I should want him to go into the US military to unlearn that?

hat-tip Stephen Neil