Robert Spencer : While the Army brass complains that it can’t find recruits, even with
gay wedding ads, transgender housing and HIV positive deployment, it’s
been kicking out unvaccinated soldiers.
In February, it reported that commanders had
“relieved a total of six Regular Army leaders, including two battalion
commanders, and issued 3,073 general officer written reprimands to
Soldiers for refusing the vaccination order.” As of June, 60,000 Army
Reserve and National Guard soldiers are unvaccinated. That’s 12% of the
Army Guard and 10% of the Army Reserve.
“Army readiness depends on soldiers who are prepared to train,
deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars,” Army Secretary Christine
Wormuth claimed. “Unvaccinated soldiers present risk to the force and
HIV positive soldiers don’t present a risk or jeopardize readiness, but unvaccinated soldiers do.
Instead of spending $684 million on recruitment, and a $4 billion 10
year contract with Omnicom, one of whose subsidiaries worked on the
Biden campaign, the Army could try to stop actively alienating and
firing the young men actually willing to fight and die on the
And maybe then the Army might be able to stop lowering standards and
issuing moral waivers for criminal records. Or forcibly extending the
assignments of recruiters and making them work on federal holidays in
the hopes of recruiting 60,000 active duty soldiers.
A Quinnipiac poll earlier this year found that only 40% of Democrats would
stay and fight if America were invaded, while 52% would run away. 68%
of Republicans would stay and fight. 70% of men would stay and fight in
contrast to, understandably, 40% of women, and 61% and 57% of Hispanic
and white people would stay and fight, in contrast to only 38% of black
Polls like these provide obvious common sense guidelines as to whom
to recruit. Instead the woke army, like the rest of the woke military,
keeps trying to recruit the wokes who don’t want to fight for their
country and don’t even think their country is worth fighting for.
While the Army is the most troubled of the military branches, the Air Force is 4,000 personnel underwater.
“We have warning lights flashing,” Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas warned. “Our ‘qualified and waiting’ list is about half of what it has been historically.”
Good thing the Air Force, like other branches, is screening recruits
for “extremism” and the unvaccinated, and focused above all else on
increasing its diversity quotas. The Air Force is less interested in
recruiting in the South and bemoans the fact that 86% of Air Force
aviators are white men. And those are exactly the people whom the Air
Force brass no longer want.
“As Airmen in the U.S. Air Force, it’s our duty to acknowledge our
biases whether we realize they exist or not,” airmen who are accused of
being racist because they’re white are being told.
No wonder there are warning lights flashing in recruitment.
Navy recruiters are focused on the popularity of Top Gun Maverick to
bring in new recruits. But the hit Tom Cruise movie has little
relationship to the reality of a woke Air Force whose racialist brass
are obsessed with critical race theory and whose planes don’t actually fly.
In the movie, the pilots fly F/A-18s and no one screams at them about
their pronouns and their unconscious racial biases. Or their
vaccination status. In real life, F/A-18E/F’s have a 51% mission capable rate. And the Navy’s woke leadership is focused on fighting “systemic racism:”
The Navy is offering a $25,000 “quick ship” bonus to recruits. “The
Navy is the only U.S. military branch currently offering this high of an
enlistment bonus for any new enlistee,” it brags, and suggests that the “the enlistment bonus could be as high as $50,000.”
But the Navy, like the Army and other services, can’t buy its way out of a morale crisis.
The United States military is never going to win a bidding war
against corporations. Amazon warehouse team members make more than
starting recruits. And they’re generally less likely to die. The only
real military recruiting edge is a patriotic commitment to defending
Military recruiters blame a national manpower shortage and their
advertising strategy follows the familiar one of corporations going
woke, appealing to the perceived wokeness and narcissism of Gen Z. Major
corporations are being roiled by the radical activists they have
recruited this way who are demanding that corporate leaders adopt not
only their values but their agenda. Or else.
The brass trying to dress up the military in woke colors to make it
appear that it shares their values are writing a big blank check that no
one, not even Gen. Milley, wants to cash.
The Obama and Biden administrations appointed brass who gutted the
services and replaced patriotic and nationalistic values with woke
virtue signaling and radical politics. Now they’re discovering that when
jobs are going begging, no one wants to join a woke military.
Patriots don’t and wokes won’t either.
Wokes willing to die for a cause are a lot more likely to join riots
than the military. Those who see the military as serving their cause
are, like actual white supremacists, exactly the kinds of “dangerous
extremists” who are just joining up to gain experience for domestic
There is a solution to the recruiting crisis. It doesn’t involve
spending hundreds of millions on ad campaigns or anime lesbian weddings.
The place to start is with the reasons for serving.
In the aftermath of the disgraceful Afghanistan retreat and of a War
on Terror that has been effaced by political correctness, military
service appears more senseless to many than it did after Vietnam. And in
a nation riven with division, the military has come to reflect those
divisions, with its brass firmly putting their thumbs on the partisan
scale and adopting the leftist ideas and woke cultural values that are
hostile to the majority of the men under their command.
The military, like so many institutions, went woke, now it’s finding out that woke leads to broke.
Rebuilding morale begins with a renewed commitment to national values
and patriotism, to serious warfighting and meritocratic striving, and
to a culture built on teams, not racial divisions.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center’s pamphlets, “Disloyal: How the Military Brass is Betraying Our Country” and “How Obama and Biden Destroyed the Greatest Military the World Has Ever Seen”
charted the shape of the crisis. Our military can be rebuilt, but it
will take cleaning out the brass who were put in charge to dismantle it
and transform it into another failed leftist operation.
And while the woke brass stay, the recruits stay away.