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(Forrest L. Marion, Real Clear Defense) The U.S. Army’s recruiting woes are “front and center” these days. Ink flows freely on both the causes and viable solutions for fiscal year 2022’s shortfall of 15,000 new Soldiers (of 60,000 sought). Just as seriously, the Army is expanding its pre-boot camp course for overweight and low-scoring so-called “Nintendo Generation” applicants, expending more of its already stretched resources to achieve what formerly constituted the starting point for most basic trainees. (Earlier this year, a Pentagon report assessed that only 23 percent of Generation Z were eligible for military service based mostly on academic and fitness scores. “Un-good,” as Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has it.)
But the proverbial “elephant in the room” – the Army’s “wokeness,” in lockstep with the rest of the Pentagon – often goes unmentioned in official or inside-the-Beltway circles as a factor for the Army’s recruiting challenges. It isn’t politically acceptable to do so. Unlike some senior administration officials, I’ll provide a definition of wokeness: “Any ideology, policy, program, or practice that tends to divide individuals based on superficial characteristics within an oppressor-oppressed paradigm.”
Take one issue, the redesignating of Army posts named for Confederate generals. At present, nine such Army installations are to be redesignated… Read the rest