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.”
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- Task and Purpose: What it’s really like inside one of the military’s ‘extremism stand-downs’ (2021-03-31)
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