In the debate surrounding the most recent National Defense Authorization Act, Republicans on Capitol Hill fought to ban "woke" ideologies in the U.S. military such as critical race theory and DEI. At least one of the military academies, however, didn't get the message.
The U.S. Naval Academy – which should be teaching midshipmen about how to confront a growing and dangerous Chinese Communist Navy – instead is actively seeking a taxpayer-funded specialist to bring midshipmen "up to date" with LGBTQ issues. According to a report by The Washington Stand, the "Gender and Sexuality Studies" course – to be housed in the Academy's English Department – will indoctrinate midshipmen using instructors who hold leftist, feminist, and sexually activist views.
According to that report, those taking the course will focus on "theories, histories, perspectives, and/or major figures in LGBTQ, [and] women's and/or gender studies."
AFN talked with Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, about the direction the Navy is headed.
"The Navy really has a lot of problems with readiness and maintenance of ships and training," she begins. "… Major accidents … have occurred because of insufficient training, and there is the appearance that certain diversity goals have aggravated this problem; it certainly has not helped it.
"There have been collisions at sea or near collisions, groundings, things like that," she continues. "It's a sign that training in the Navy needs more attention."
Donnelly says this expenditure of funds to teach "gender and sexuality studies" cannot be justified. "But this is the Biden administration. This is the priority that's being set," she laments.
"DEI reigns over meritocracy, over sound policy; and it's up to Congress to set things right. They have an opportunity to do that right in front of them right now – and I hope they will do that."
That opportunity, she says, will come during debate over the next National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).