A Literal Military Stand Down

Woke indoctrination hits the U.S. military.

Readership: All; Military servicemen;
Author’s Note: This post was inspired by a discussion with Oscar and RedPillBoomer.
Length: 1,000 words
Reading Time: 3.5 minutes

Any time the entire U.S. military–all over the globe–hits pause to indoctrinate the force, I think the American people should know what’s being taught, and who gave the green light.

Within three months of the current administration coming to power, the entire DOD went through an “extremism stand down.”

If you don’t know what a Stand Down is, it’s simple. The pentagon decides that a particular topic is so important that an entire day will be devoted to a total halt of non-essential operations and guidance will be put out from the top through the service chiefs on down. They are usually in response to an overwhelming trend that they feel must be addressed and cannot wait for the usual dissemination of policy channels.

During my time on active duty, I went through the PTSD stand downs, several safety stand downs, and the “rescinding DADT policy stand down.” I didn’t have to do the stand-down nonsense because I’m a contractor. I went there because they paid me to attend that day.

We spent a whole day, starting with a briefing from the SECDEF about recognizing these extremists. We broke into smaller focus/discussion groups. Each group had to watch videos with case studies, stop the video, and answer questions as a group. The thinly veiled impetus of “recent events at the capitol” lent itself to (of course) helping us all keep an eye out for “extremists”, right of center.

So what is an “extremist”? According to DoD regulations, service members cannot actively advocate for ideologies or causes that encourage discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or ethnicity, and those that advocate for the use of force or violence to “deprive individuals of their civil rights.”

But as far as I can tell, the current definition of “extremist” is “someone who took their oath seriously.” “Extremism” is when someone actually takes extensive efforts to fulfil an oath.

An entire year of 2020 BLM/ANTIFA lawlessness, where businesses were burned to the ground and entire sections of cities destroyed was completely ignored. It’s not extremism, I guess, because BLM/ANTIFA didn’t take any oaths. They have a right to have a peaceful oath-less protest.

If you are going to MAKE ME take an oath as terms of employment (everyone is required–DOD civilians, officers, enlisted) you cannot then tell me I am being extreme when I read those words onto the very fabric of my heart.

The clear contradiction in messaging was never acknowledged.

Oscar said his Reserve unit also had to attend the stand-down back in March. He said,

“The SSG said that it seems as though the DoD is specifically targeting right wing people.”

“I was planning to keep my mouth shut, but a SSG spoke up, and I didn’t want him to stand alone.”

“Before the instructor could respond, I said, “That’s exactly what they’re doing. We had a whole year of left wing rioting, burning, looting and murdering, and trying to burn down federal buildings, and the DoD didn’t say or do jack s**t about it. Then, there’s one right wing riot, and all of a sudden the DoD freaks out, and we all need a stand down.”

It’s funny, I have raised objections like that in EO, SHARP trainings, and so on, and nothing ever happens. They just look at you like you have three heads and drive on with the lie.

Oscar said he experienced the same thing.

“I used to do that. I always approached it from the perspective of the presumption of innocence. If you refer to the accuser as the “victim”, then you’re automatically assuming that the accused is guilty. You’re committing a very real injustice in the name of righting an alleged injustice, and violating the Constitution you swore to support and defend.

Before my last deployment, a superior officer ordered me to keep my mouth shut from then on.

I used to think I could do some good. Not anymore.”

RedPillBoomer is a retired service member. He’s had similar experiences that suggest the rot runs back quite a few years.

“I’ve been retired six years now, and it amazes me each time I hear another devolution of the military into the latest social engineering mandate.

When I retired it was sexual assault this, sexual assault that, where you’d think everyone in the military (read: every MALE member) was capable of sexually assaulting another military member (read: every FEMALE military member). I was dumbfounded by the teaching. Did sexual assault happen here and there? Yes, it most certainly did. Did it happen anywhere near the scale they were implying? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

The real kicker for me came when they said the majority (read: all) female military members were going to experience sexual assault at some point during their careers. Even in my blue pill mindset at the time, I remember thinking, “Whoa, where the h*ll do you come off making a statement like that?” I’d known a lot of female military members, the majority of which were solid performers of the military mission. A few “problem children,” among them, just like the males; however, the majority were good troops and performed the mission well.

The real problem we had was all the fornicating (unlawful according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice) going on between military members who shouldn’t have been doing IT for one reason or another: Officer-Enlisted, Boss-Subordinate, promotion couches, adultery, love triangles, etc, etc. Now that potentially could really affect unit member morale because of the perceived favoritism it could lead to, e.g. opening doors to advancement or something like it. Now there was a subject worthy of a “stand down” day!

Think it would ever happen? No way. Acceptable as long as you, cue the proverbial, “Didn’t get caught.” I guess later on it became “Didn’t get caught, or didn’t get accused of it by the MeToo brigade.”

Well said.

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11 Responses to A Literal Military Stand Down

  1. Ed Hurst says:

    I was in a position to read policy chatter while in uniform back around 1990. The Military Police were being herded down the government-sponsored terrorism path even then. What I saw was a significant departure in law enforcement philosophy. Everything cited above is farther down the same path.

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  2. Lastmod says:

    As a man who never served, and didn’t have to (thank you Mr. Nixon) I do understand it is kind-of a self-enclosed / self-contained world in the USA of terms, alphabet soup….. departments, ranks, and of course people!

    My father served in the 1950’s. Being born in Poland, arriving in the USA when he was 10……. a few months after he turned 18. U.S. Agents knocked on his battered farmhouse door: “Become a citizen! Join the US military, and serve for four years to fast track your citizenship….. or you will be sent back to Poland within a year!”

    He served. He hated all of it, but he did do his job, and he did become a citizen, and he was honorably discharged. He told me that the military is a necessity, it is not a democracy and strongly advocated against me enlisting or joining when I was finishing up high school.

    One of my first roommates in California was a US Army vet. He was a little older than me, served eight years… was in Desert Shield / Desert Storm……… He basically told me, “The second we were put on alert for Desert Shield in 1990 and had to get ready for deployment, every. single. woman in my squad suddenly became “pregnant” and got all these special rights. All a woman in the military has to do is spread her legs. Men do all the work there. It’s just like civilian sector, but with more benefits for them.” He continued, “Yet, they would all talk about how women can do anything men can do, non-stop bullsh!t. I guess they viewed it as a career instead of actually defending and fighting for the country.”

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  3. Maniac says:

    “So what is an ‘extremist’?”

    A cis White male who loves America. Duh!

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  4. Lexet Blog says:

    Under Clinton there was a survey of officers done by commands, and it asked about enforcing laws related to gun confiscation.

    It was done on Ft Hood, not sure where else.

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  5. feeriker says:

    I can’t believe how blessed I was to have retired from active duty 22 years ago at the tail end of Blowjob Bill Clinton’s regime (I truly didn’t think I would make it to 20 years. I almost bailed at 17 years). To think that I can look back on those years with absolute nostalgia compared to the horror stories I’m hearing now is a testament all by itself to how far advanced the decay has become. I truly do not understand how anyone, especially a white heterosexual male of Christian background, can continue to be a part of the U.S. armed forces. Although it would bring joy to my heart to hear of a general mutiny in the services, I know better than to believe such a thing will ever come to pass. The only real hope for resistance is in us veterans who know how to fight back and who can lead others in doing so. Our hope and potential strength lies in the inability of the current woke military to fight.

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  6. feeriker says:

    “The second we were put on alert for Desert Shield in 1990 and had to get ready for deployment, every. single. woman in my squad suddenly became “pregnant” and got all these special rights. All a woman in the military has to do is spread her legs. Men do all the work there. It’s just like civilian sector, but with more benefits for them.”

    Yup. That’s exactly what happens, especially with military women of color. They know damned well that there will be no repercussions for their dereliction of duty and malingering because they are members of a protected class. Commanders are absolutely terrified at the prospect of disciplining them because of the political fallout for doing so, so not only do they not discipline such women, but crack down hard on any Senior NCOs who dare try.

    Women were only just beginning to be deployed in combat/at sea during the last half of my career (a move that every one of my male shipmates considered to be a capitally STUPID idea, for all sorts of obvious reasons), but they already were making it known that they considered “equality” to be a better abstract idea than a reality. I can’t even imagine how out of control the situation is now.

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  7. Joe2 says:

    “The real kicker for me came when they said the majority (read: all) female military members were going to experience sexual assault at some point during their careers. Even in my blue pill mindset at the time, I remember thinking, “Whoa, where the h*ll do you come off making a statement like that?”

    I’m not surprised at all. I recall when I took my mandatory “sexual harassment” awareness training the instructor never provided a specific definition, but rather something vague like it’s a not wanted incident of a sexual nature which is subjective. It’s all in her perception at the time.

    So if a woman doesn’t like the way you look at her, she can claim he had “elevator eyes.” Or even if she should say something about her apparel, never respond because later she can claim he was staring at a particular body part which was covered by her apparel.

    Unless there is a specific definition of “sexual assault”, it may be open ended and actually encourage women to claim “sexual assault.”

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    • feeriker says:

      “Unless there is a specific definition of “sexual assault”, it may be open ended and actually encourage women to claim “sexual assault.”

      That’s the whole point, to create an environment where men’s behavior –or even lack thereof– can be criminalized on a whim. Men aren’t being criminalized for what we do, but for who we are as a sex.

      As I’ve stated endlessly in the past, here and elsewhere, the good news with this is that it’s going to completely destroy the U.S. military as a fighting force, which, given what the military has become and the complete moral and spiritual corruption of the nation it is ostensibly tasked with “defending,” is a VERY GOOD THING.

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  8. redpillboomer says:

    I remember when the DoD ‘Extremism training’ was announced. Shortly after that, I was out for a ride with my Military Motorcycle Club. We’d completed the ride and were having lunch together. Besides myself, there was a Lt Col, married, two teenage daughters; a CMSgt, married, two teenagers; a MSgt, married, an infant daughter; and a 1st Lt, single, and a graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado. All of them white males. They brought up the Extremism training during the conversation. I jokingly said to them, “You know I’m having lunch with four very dangerous people according to the DoD!” We all had a good laugh, but inside it was really bothering me. The optics of the situation was way off here. I’m sitting with four patriots, ready to deploy, and give their lives for their country if they have to, and to even THINK that they were being looked at stereotypically as ‘The Problem’ in the ranks–the Extremists, the threat to what exactly (???), made my blood boil. They were me a few years back! And I know for a fact, that during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, they/we were the DOMINANT power behind the US military’s overwhelming route of Saddam Hussein’s forces, including the annihilation of the previously vaunted Republican Guard. And yes, we had some excellent black members and female members as well, but EVERYWHERE you looked on the operational side of things, it was THESE guys that were making it happen. No offense to the other members, they were good too; but it was a veritable SEA of THESE DUDES that got the mission done. To think THEY are a problem of any sort, it’s blasphemy as far as I’m concerned.

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  9. redpillboomer says:

    “The second we were put on alert for Desert Shield in 1990 and had to get ready for deployment, every. single. woman in my squad suddenly became “pregnant” and got all these special rights.”

    Yes, I saw some of this too. We also had some claiming they couldn’t deploy for other reasons. For example, single mothers wanting to be exempt because they had no one to really watch their kids, e.g. no relatives near by even though their locator forms kept in the Orderly Room (squadron admin) said they did. Surprise! Also, we had some claim they only came into the military for the educational benefits and they were told by their recruiter they would not have to deploy if they were taking so many classes (some number they were given). That had a bit of the ring of truth to it because I could hear in my mind some recruiters telling them crap like that when they Enlisted. I know for certain one female told me she didn’t have to deploy because even though she was flight line personnel, in event of real world contingencies, the women wouldn’t have to go because they’d stay behind to keep the unit running, only the men would go.

    “Yup. That’s exactly what happens, especially with military women of color. They know damned well that there will be no repercussions for their dereliction of duty and malingering because they are members of a protected class.”

    Saw this too, especially in the PT area, the Air Force called it the ‘Fit to Fight’ program. Military members, male and female, had to meet certain standards involving waistline measurement, pushups, sit ups and 1 1/2 mile run. We had a several large, and a few of what I considered obese women of color, failing F2F over and over again. I never saw any repercussions for it, other than the ladies having to go to the mandatory diet and health classes during the week. White males in this category, i.e. failing F2F multiple times, were in some kind of serious trouble; their career being ended was a definite possibility. It was a blatant double standard, but NO ONE, and I mean no one that I knew of, dared to even think of questioning, let alone challenging it. Even if they had, I bet it wouldn’t have done any good whatsoever. It was just accepted quietly as, “The way it is, and don’t even mention it.”

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