mightily to meet their recruitment goals. In August, reports came in that the Army had only "recruited about 52% of its goal for fiscal year 2022 and is likely to wind up short by as many as 15,000 recruits." Significant shortages in personnel are also being reported by the Air Force and Navy.
Meanwhile, this presidential administration's
military leaders continue to flounder in
woke ideologies that are being pushed on service-members.
What cannot be ignored are the woke policies being forced onto our servicemembers by the current administration
which damage morale,
increase the number of troops voluntarily leaving,
and scare away potential recruits.
"Young Americans are observing what's happening
in our military services and
they don't like what they see,"
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin
"They see a military that spends
far more time on being woke than on national security.
Furthermore, they see how the chain of command
treats people who have religious objections
to taking a vaccine that they do not want
and therefore should not be required to take."
This administration indeed continues to
refuse to back off of
their onerous requirements for all servicemembers
to receive the COVID-19 shot,
despite declaring on Sunday that
"the pandemic is over,"
and despite multiple court losses
after the mandate was challenged by troops.
Still, even with massive recruiting shortfalls and a military that is being increasingly stretched thin across the U.S. and the globe,
this administration is on the verge of dismissing upwards of 60,000 troops (the actual number of unvaccinated troops
could be as high as 500,000, or a quarter of the military)
and seemingly not caring.
To make matters worse,
This administration's military leaders are also
at taking care of
their service-members' most basic needs.
The Post Millennial reported on September 10 that the Army
is now advising military families to apply for food stamps
in the midst of rising inflation.
As the report pointed out, "Somehow, the $175 billion that the Army received in funding from taxpayers in the 2022 fiscal year
does not cover the costs of even feeding soldiers' families."
Yet- what about that student debt we are all paying for? The only reason why so many soldiers don't have student debt- is for this very reason, they sacrifice their own lives for all of us
With unprecedented shortfalls in recruiting numbers,
with servicemembers' families struggling to put food on the table,
with Russia mobilizing an additional 300,000 troops to Ukraine,
and with China breathing down the neck of Taiwan,
what is the Left's
biggest military concern?
Apparently, it's that 128 military bases around the country
are not sufficiently
"close enough to abortion facilities,"
as Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) helpfully pointed out on the
House floor Tuesday.
Other top military concerns on the Left include
"diversity and inclusion" training,
which, as reported Thursday, includes the U.S. Air Force Academy
"instructing cadets to use words that 'include all genders' and
to refrain from saying things like 'mom' and 'dad.'"
This was a bridge too far for Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Ranking Member of the House Armed Service's Strategic Forces Subcommittee, who sent a letter to the superintendent of the Air Force Academy on Tuesday,
echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans greatly troubled by the downward trajectory of the world's
most powerful and important security force.
"The purpose of your institution is to make our future
Airmen and Guardians more lethal,
not more politically correct,"
"This is exactly the kind of woke virtue signaling that has undermined public confidence by
millions of Americans in our Armed Forces.
Military effectiveness depends on cohesion --
I ask that you seriously reconsider the military education
you are conferring onto our future service-members and vigilantly protect those under your watch from being
subjected to exaggerated diversity indoctrination
and woke political agendas."
As if to drive home Lamborn's point, the Pentagon issued a 200-page report Thursday celebrating the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which is yet another example of the kinds of activities that the military
is spending its time and tax dollars on instead of
training for, fighting, and winning wars for the greater good.
The United States Air Force Academy also recently circulated promotional information among its cadets for the Brooke Owens Fellowship,
which specifically bans 'cisgender men' from applying.
The email sent on September 14, encourages cadets to apply to the program, which states: 'If you are a cisgender woman, a transgender woman, non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, or another form of gender minority, this program is for you.
'If you are a cisgender man, this program isn't for you...
A concerned Air Force cadet shared the email because, 'It's a little worrying that we have more briefs about D&I than
briefs about foreign adversaries,
emerging technologies or
current events across the world.'
We must pray for the conversion of the This administration,
for our military leaders, and for fortitude for our fighting men and women
who must endure such
misguided and reckless