The Defense Department’s mission has always been to ensure that service members are ready to win any wars in which America’s armed forces are involved. However, along with all other departments of Biden’s administration, the DOD has issued an equity report that aims to equalize outcomes for employees and their partners based on racial, sexual, and gender criteria.
Fox News reports that the DOD document offers a series of plans moving forward that “will identify potential barriers that underserved communities and individuals face regarding Federal programs.”
During a recent appearance on American Family Radio, Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families said the United States military has led the way over the years in molding people of various ethnic backgrounds into a cohesive fighting force that has been built on the idea of accomplishment.
“That’s how you move up the ranks,” he submits. “You distinguish yourself; you do better than anybody else. And in a time of war, you distinguish yourself in war through your bravery and your courage. When that happens, people in our military get moved up regardless of the color of their skin.”
Bauer’s criticism does not stand alone. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), for example, recently blasted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for being too concerned with “wokeism” and not focusing enough on military strategy. Gaetz pointed out that the U.S. military is behind China and Russia in developing hypersonic weapon systems and added that “while everyone else in the world seems to be developing capabilities and being more strategic, we got time to embrace critical race theory at West Point, to embrace socialism at the National Defense University, to do mandatory pronoun training.”
During a House Armed Services Committee hearing earlier this month, Gaetz stated that he saw that the Obama administration “tried to destroy our military by starving it of resources. And it seems the Biden administration is trying to destroy our military by force-feeding it wokeism.”
Bauer likens this new policy to nothing more than a quota system.
“If 12% of the population is one particular ethnic group, then 12% of the leaders have to be of that ethnic group, even if you can’t reach that number by just basing your decisions on accomplishments or performance,” he explains.
Bauer also points out that is being pushed at a time when the country is facing greater military challenges than ever faced in modern times.
“This is a dangerous brew that they are mixing up here,” he concludes.
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