US Navy ‘extremism’ training says personnel can advocate for BLM, but not ‘politically partisan issues’
The US Navy’s training on “ extremism ” says personnel can advocate for Black Lives Matter (BLM) while on the job, but service employees should not discuss “ politically partisan issues, ” training slides show.
The Navy described BLM as a “public policy issue” in the slides and advocating the organization was allowed as long as the conduct is lawful.
But they argued that advocacy would be prohibited if it were “politically biased in nature.”
In the ‘scenarios for discussion’ slides, obtained by Fox news, Navy personnel were asked if they think BLM is “political stuff” that the commanders “shouldn’t talk about at work.”
In response, the Navy stated that BLM is a “matter of public policy” and that advocacy for the global organization was allowed “as long as the conduct is otherwise lawful and the advocacy is not politically biased in nature.”
The US Navy’s training on “ extremism ” says personnel can advocate for Black Lives Matter (BLM) while on the job, but service employees should not discuss “ politically partisan issues, ” training slides show. Pictured: US sailors aboard the USS Winston S. Churchill with guided missile destroyer as it anchors in Port Sudan on March 1 [File photo]
It comes after Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered a military withdrawal last month after meeting with leaders of the US military arm, who are under pressure to show progress in the fight against extremism after it was determined that current and former servicemen have participated. during the siege of the Capitol on January 6.
The slides, obtained from a US military official who participated in the training at the Pentagon, stated: “ Arguing for or against a matter of public policy (as here) is allowed as long as the conduct is otherwise lawful and the advocacy is not politically biased (for example, it does not specifically target a political party.
“If the discussions make you uncomfortable, discuss it with your boss or another supervisor.”
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby speaks at the briefing on Monday
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby was asked on Monday if talking about BLM at work is “ considered biased ” – to which he said he “ couldn’t answer that question. ”
He added that to answer why that’s the case, ‘down a rabbit hole in a million could do different things’.
“What we’re trying to achieve here is the kind of ideology that inspires behavior and behavior – and it’s not about one side of the aisle or the other,” Kirby continued.
It’s not about what you worship God or choose not to worship. It is about ideology that inspires you or that can inspire others to cause damage within the force.
“And that’s what we’re trying to achieve.”
Kirby said the Pentagon took the importance of fighting extremism “seriously” while admitting that “getting our arms around is a difficult problem.”
‘But we can’t just stick our heads in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist. We can’t just say, “Well, it’s not a problem.” It’s a problem, ‘he added.
The other problem is we don’t know how big it is. And so that’s what we’re trying to learn. And I think you’ll see this unfold over time. ‘
“I won’t be able to come to the podium this week, next week, or the week after with a plan and say,” This is it. This is how it’s so defined, “Kirby said.
And this is exactly how deep the problem is. This is going to be something and Secretary Austin has made it very clear that he goes to work every day that he is the Secretary of Defense.
“It’s not something you can take your foot off the pedal.”
It comes after the U.S. military acknowledged last month that it was uncertain about how to tackle white nationalism and other extremism in its ranks, and announced plans for military-wide abandonment of regular operations sometime in the next 60 days to address the issue. to grab. .
President Biden’s Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin orders troops to resign for 60 days to tackle “ white nationalism and extremism in the ranks ”
The decision to retire was made by Lloyd Austin, who made history by becoming the Army’s first black defense secretary after a long career in the ranks of the Army.
In his confirmation hearing, Austin underscored the need to rid the military of “racists and extremists.”
A stand-down order means that the army will be removed from an offensive base, but it does not mean that all military operations would stop at once.
The Pentagon has not defined whether cessation of regular operations in the US military would take minutes or hours, or what commanders would do during that time to voice their opposition to extremism.