US Navy releases gender pronoun training video in bid to create ‘safe spaces’

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A US Navy training video that teaches sailors how to create “safe spaces” and announce that they are an “ally” to the LGBT community has been widely covered and ridiculed this week.

Please take a moment to watch this cinematic masterpiece, courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon, before reading:

I think the last time I saw that many rainbows in a video was when my daughter, for a short time, was a Rainbow Rangers fanatic. I could say the cartoon was better produced than this training video.

With simulated war games showing unclear outcomes at best and outright defeat at worst between us and China, one wonders if this is the best use of military training dollars.

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Anchors Aweigh, my… team?

English has become almost impossible to navigate in this new world of inclusiveness and diversity. Thank goodness we have the Navy to create this video to help navigate the choppy waters of covenant and acceptance.

For example, the video suggests that:

“Instead of saying something like ‘Hi guys’, you can say ‘Hi everyone’ or ‘Hi team’.”

Taking a page from my old service, the US Air Force, the video recommends a great way to show the alliance to others by including pronouns in email correspondence. In December, the Air Force allowed gender pronouns in email signature blocks.

I remember when I couldn’t have a motivational quote in my email signature block because it was against regulations. Oh, how the world has changed.

Perhaps my favorite part of the video, which I had to watch a ridiculous number of times, is when the concern of so-called “misgender” arises. Conchy tells Jony in case of a sexual abuse scenario:

“The most important thing I can tell you is not to put the burden of feeling good about your mistake on the person you just mistreated.”

To which Jony replied:

“Oh, thanks for telling me.”

Wow, that’s a punchy dialogue. Now, I’ve had fun harassing my Navy siblings and… my crewmates, but the sad truth is that the Navy isn’t alone in embracing wake-up training.

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Wake up training begins with future Top Brass

Generally, the cadets at your military academy tend to be considered the best of the best. They become military pilots, doctors and lawyers. Those who stick around for a while will likely become commanders, and a few will become the best military in the land.

You hope these young cadets are trained to be the most lethal, inspiring and courageous tacticians and military leaders the country has to offer. But, now you get them with a bit of a wake-up call on the side.

West Point cadets learned about “whiteness” and how “racial privilege” tends to translate into “structural advantages.” For example, the training slides include statements such as:

“In order to understand racial inequality and slavery, you must first address whiteness.”

But wait, the Air Force, which always hopes to aim higher than the rest, also needs similar training at its prestigious Colorado Springs Academy. Cadets are to watch a video on diversity and inclusion and learn the basics of critical race theory.

The Academy’s Associate Professor of Political Science Lynne Chandler Garcia defended the course in a Washington Post op-ed, stressing the importance of teaching cadets about the “duality” of the Constitution:

“The United States was founded on a duality: liberalism and equal rights on the one hand; inequality, inegalitarianism and second-class citizenship on the other hand.

In response to a letter from Sen. James Inhofe and other Republicans, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said 5.3 million hours and $535,000 had been spent on ” dismantling” of extremism. These figures include 530,000 hours and $477,000 spent on diversity equity and inclusion training.

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Report: Navy boot camp training expanded by two weeks to include focus on racism, sexual assault and extremism

There may be other bigger issues

The army struggles to recruit new members; hard to imagine why not? Yet five months into this exercise, the Army has only reached 23% of its active duty goal.

The Air Force recruited 2,300 fewer Airmen in the first quarter than in the previous fiscal year. Likewise, the Navy is anticipating fewer recruits, and the Marine Corps, which has never had a recruiting problem historically, told the Senate in April that 2022 had been “…arguably the toughest recruiting year since the all-volunteer force was established.”

In January, the Army was so desperate it began offering $50,000 bonuses to those who wanted to enlist for six years. That’s crazy. There were many years where $50,000 was what I earned for the full year of service.

So is it a lack of inclusivity and awareness of pronouns that has kept Americans from raising their right hands and signing on the dotted line? I think it has more to do with a lack of legitimate “safe spaces”.

Safer in a war zone than at home

This year, the Navy fired a dozen officers in leadership positions in less than three months, with the vague explanation of “loss of confidence.” Five were fired within a week.

Some believe this is linked to rising suicide rates. For example, the USS George Washington had five suicides, three of which occurred in one week.

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Other services are not immune to an increase in deaths. In 18 months, Fort Bragg lost more than 80 soldiers to “sudden” and “unexplained” causes. Thirty-three of them are still “undetermined”.

For women in the military, it hasn’t become any safer either. According to a study by the Government Accountability Office this year, “reports of sexual harassment and assault in the military continue to rise”.

But suicide and physical violence aren’t the only things the military has to worry about. The very houses they live in on base are causing them harm.

Balfour Beatty Community, a leading private housing contractor for the military, was found guilty of defrauding the government. Essentially, they were not knowingly dealing with the maintenance issues of the military housing facilities.

I lived in a Balfour Beatty house, and I can tell you that my experience was not bad, apart from the mice who were regular guests in my home. We were lucky; other families who have testified before Congress have dealt with black mold, skin conditions and worsening illnesses.

So, in response to the video’s question about Navy pronouns, “How are we going to create a safe space for everyone?”

First, I would say it would be best to focus on the physical well-being of the force. Then I would focus on creating dangerous spaces for villains and worry about pronouns later.

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