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Robert Namer
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July 17, 2021

     The US needs to have the courage to meet present and future challenges.   America’s military leaders are creating a national security crisis by “prioritizing woke training over actual war fighting,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw tweeted Thursday. Crenshaw (R-Texas), a former Navy SEAL and one of four Republican lawmakers who commissioned a report examining the Navy’s culture and leadership, responded Thursday to a tweet from Sinclair Broadcast Group reporter James Rosen, who said the armed forces were at “a blinking red moment.”

     “Unfortunately, the findings of our report aren’t surprising,” Crenshaw said. “We’ve known military leaders are prioritizing woke training over actual war fighting. It’s what we constantly hear from service members. It doesn’t make this any less concerning. It’s a threat to national security.” The 22-page document, prepared by retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle and retired Navy Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery and made public Tuesday, found “numerous cultural and structural issues that impact the morale and readiness of the Navy’s surface force.” Those issues included “an insufficient focus on warfighting skills, the perception of a zero-defect mentality accompanied by a culture of micromanagement, and over-sensitivity and responsiveness to modern media culture.”

     As one recently retired “senior enlisted leader” told the report’s authors: “I guarantee you every unit in the Navy is up to speed on their diversity training. I’m sorry that I can’t say the same of their ship handling training.” “Sometimes I think we care more about whether we have enough diversity officers than if we’ll survive a fight with the Chinese navy,” said one active-duty lieutenant. “It’s criminal. They think my only value is as a black woman. But you cut our ship open with a missile and we’ll all bleed the same color.”

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