The Pentagon says the US military’s ‘awakened’ diversity programs are essential to ‘defending the nation’ and recruiting the right people after GOP lawmakers urge whistleblowers to report them
- Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that the military’s diversity and inclusion programs are essential to “the defense of the nation.”
- He made the comments after being asked about recent criticisms of the military’s “wake up” programs
- It also came after Republican lawmakers are now urging whistleblowers to file complaints about such programs
- Kirby said the military had to recruit the right people and that there were “no excuses” because they wanted to create a friendly work environment for them.
The Pentagon has argued that the military’s diversity and inclusion programs are essential to “the defense of the nation” because it means they can recruit the right people.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby was asked Tuesday about recent criticisms of the military’s “wake up” programs and how Republican lawmakers are urging whistleblowers to file complaints about them now.
“What I can talk to is what we’re really focused on here at the ministry and that’s defending the nation,” Kirby said at a briefing. “And that means deploying the right resources, the right strategies, the right operational concepts to do that, all over the world.”
He pointed to a recent budget announcement in which the Pentagon outlined how it was trying to buy warships, aircraft and systems that help modernize and improve the way the US defends the country.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that the military’s diversity and inclusion programs are essential to “the defense of the nation” because it means they can recruit the right people.
Kirby said that to do that, the military needed “good people” to help them operate and maintain them.
He added that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had been “clear and fairly impudent” about wanting to recruit the best talent for the US military.
“If you need the standards and you’re qualified to join the military and you’re willing to raise your hand and serve this country, we want you to be able to do it and we want you to be able to do it without hate.” and fear and discrimination,” he said.
“We owe it to you if you raise your right hand and volunteer to serve your country.
‘There are no excuses for that, no excuses for wanting to create such a working environment. And it is a work in progress.
“It’s not the kind of thing you can say one day and walk away. You have to keep focusing on it. It’s about leadership and it’s about how you treat people and how people should be treated if they – when they wear this country’s uniform.
“We are focused on defending this nation. That means the possibilities, the systems, the programs… but also the people.’
Kirby was asked on Tuesday about recent criticisms of the military’s “wake up” programs and how Republican lawmakers are urging whistleblowers to file complaints about them now.
It comes after Deputy Dan Crenshaw and Senator Tom Cotton launched a new initiative last week to prevent “awake ideology” from gaining a foothold in the US military.
They shared a “whistleblower” form for military members to fill out if they encountered far-left training materials.
‘Enough is enough. We are not dropping our military to shake up the ideology. We have just launched a whistleblower webpage where you can submit your story. Your complaint is protected by law and go to my office and @SenTomCotton,” Crenshaw tweeted.
“For too long, progressive Pentagon staffers have been calling the shots to our fighters, and spineless military commanders have let it happen. Now we’re going to expose you.’
The campaign comes just two weeks after ex-Space Commander Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Lohmeier claimed the Pentagon sent military personnel a video saying that “whites are inherently evil.”
Lohmeier was recently removed from office after labeling diversity and inclusion training in the military as “critical race theory rooted in Marxism.”
Crenshaw – a former Navy Seal who lost an eye in combat in Afghanistan – condemned Lohmeier’s removal, declaring at the time: ‘We must prepare our warriors to fight and win battles, not how we should be (social justice fighters) ‘.
It comes after Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Sen. Tom Cotton launched a new initiative last week to prevent ‘wakeful ideology’ from gaining a foothold in the US military