A Woke Marine Corps Is Not A Ready Marine Corps
Just like schools in today’s world are preoccupied with grooming children instead of teaching them, the government is choosing to waste money and weaken our military in a similar fashion.
Money is no object to the government because it’s yours. They recently spent two million dollars on a 738-page study which examined gender integrated training for recruits. The study claims that certain changes would make both genders feel more comfortable when they were addressed by their peers.
Personally, I wasn’t aware that the comfort level of recruits in boot camp was an issue. In fact, I was under the impression that recruits were deliberately made to feel uncomfortable. After all, they may very well find themselves in harms way and their civilian thought process needs to be replaced with a more systematic and logic-based approach.
So what are these changes that are deemed so crucial that spending two million tax dollars seemed appropriate? Well, according to the University of Pittsburgh, where the study was conducted, it has recommended that the U.S. Marine Corps drop the words “Sir” and “Ma’am” in order to avoid “misgendering” the drill instructors.
The report also stated that gender neutral salutations are necessary and highlighted that Marine Corps training represented male recruits more frequently than female trainees.
Really? Maybe that’s because there are approximately 14,000 females in the Marines, a figure that represents only around 7 percent of the corp.
So why is it so shocking that the training is geared toward 93 percent of those involved? It is fundamentally ignorant and irresponsible to stigmatize a branch of the military by suggesting that such a small percentage isn’t being represented.
The report stated:
“Gender-neutral identifiers are an unambiguous, impartial way to circumvent these issues. Employing gender-neutral identifiers eliminates the possibility of misgendering drill instructors, which can unintentionally offend or cause discord. By teaching recruits to use gender-neutral identifiers for their drill instructors, services underscore the importance of respecting authoritative figures regardless of gender.”
Fortunately, Colonel Howard Hall, the Chief of Staff for Marine Corps Training and Education isn’t buying what the report is attempting to sell.
“That’s going to take some effort. Honestly, that’s not a quick fix. What is inculcating in our young recruits that will or will not be reinforced when they graduate and enter the fleet Marine force? So again, we want to avoid any quick-fix solutions that introduce perturbations down the line.”
“All of a sudden, we change something at recruit training, and recruits start coming in and using a different identifier. It’s not something we would change overnight. Again, we’ve got a history of ‘sir, ma’am, sir, ma’am.’ If we change something at the root level, how do we make the corresponding change at the Fleet Marine Force? So it’s not ours to implement alone.”
Hall is correct. Forcing these inane changes on recruits and then sending them out into the real world to join fellow Marines that still respectfully use “Sir” and “Ma’am” will only cause division.
The real question is why these changes are even being discussed and why was 2 million dollars spent on such a trivial matter.