The Biden administration’s reaction to being criticized for playing identity politics with the military has been to play identity politics with the military. Are you concerned about our military readiness now that its purpose has been redefined to focus on the national security threats emerging from climate change, white privilege, and abortion bans? Please allow the man claiming to be a woman to explain why you’re undermining military readiness.
As assistant secretary of defense for readiness, Shawn Skelly oversees military preparedness for warfighting, including training programs, equipment safety and munitions supplies.
And Skelly has a message for Republicans accusing the Department of Defense of promoting diversity and inclusion in the armed forces at the expense of military readiness: their campaign is what’s hurting the military’s warfighting capabilities.
“If you want to be ready, then you have to ensure that everybody that is in your force can be their best selves and contribute as a member of a team and be seen as valuable,” said Skelly, speaking at the Pentagon in his first in-depth interview since taking the job in 2021.
He is the DoD’s highest-ranking openly transgender official, and the second to hold an office that requires Senate confirmation. The first was Rachel Levine, who serves as assistant secretary of health.
Skelly’s appointment was welcomed as a powerful signal of support by transgender troops now serving openly since President Joe Biden overturned a Trump-era ban on trans service members.
But Republicans in Congress are looking to roll back those changes through proposed legislation to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
It’s part of a larger push by some Republican lawmakers who argue that personnel policies like diversity trainings, racial justice education and events like a recent drag show on a military base alienate some potential recruits and distract from the forces’ main mission: fighting wars and protecting the homefront.
Republican lawmakers who say DoD’s diversity push is hurting readiness have got it backward, Skelly said. When a team is in crisis, the trust between team members is what makes or breaks the mission.
“It’s all about small unit cohesion,” he said, arguing that “ostracizing anybody” makes that more difficult.
The military can’t afford to alienate anyone… except the straight white religious men and anyone who won’t get vaccinated. The military must be turned upside down to accommodate the tiny percent of the population that suffers from a mental illness that causes it to believe that it’s actually a member of the opposite gender.
Failing to let men shower with women would undermine “military readiness” and “unit cohesion”, but forcing thousands of unvaccinated personnel out doesn’t undermine anything.
Ibram X Kendi fanboys must be catered to with daily doses of racism, but if you refuse to confess your white privilege, you must be punished.
It’s all about unit cohesion. The units being those of the Left.
Skelly said he regularly speaks with members of “Gen Z” who express reservations about serving in the military because they fear they or their friends won’t be treated with respect.
“I don’t know what ‘wokeism’ is, it’s not a defined term,” he said. But “If people understand that they’re not going to get a fair shake, because they come from a specific ethnic origin, or based on their identity, or based on who they love, we are going to be worse off because not enough Americans are going to want to be a part of the U.S. military.”
But the traditional religious people who don’t want to be part of the military because it is all about leftist values and virtue signaling, that’s just fine. It’s not like there’s a catastrophic recruiting crisis on, is there?
The military can’t afford to alienate anyone except its core demographic: traditional white men.
But hey, if you doubt the military’s commitment to readiness, just talk to the dude in the skirt.