A concerning new report has been released about the U.S. Navy.
According to Breitbart, that report suggests that the focus by the Navy on diversity training and other forms of woke training has left many members of the Navy concerned about the Navy’s preparedness to win wars.
The report was commissioned by the Republican members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee, specifically Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), all of whom are veterans. They commissioned the report after the occurrence of several naval accidents.
The report itself was written by Marine Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert E. Schmidle and Navy Rear Adm. (Ret.) Mark Montgomery. The two men conducted interviews with 77 members of the Navy for their report.
The key finding of Schmidle and Montgomery is that the woke training being conducted by the Navy could be undermining the training needed to actually win wars.
“While programs to encourage diversity, human sex trafficking prevention, suicide prevention, sexual assault prevention, and others are appropriate, they come with a cost,” the report reads. “The non-combat curricula consume Navy resources, clog inboxes, create administrative quagmires, and monopolize precious training time.”
Accordingly, Schmidle and Montgomery write, “by weighing down sailors with non-combat related training and administrative burdens, both Congress and Navy leaders risk sending them into battle less prepared and less focused than their opponents.”
In their report, Schmidle and Montgomery supported their findings with quotes from members of the Navy whom they interviewed.
One “active duty lieutenant,” for example, is reported as saying, “Sometimes I think we care more about whether we have enough diversity officers than if we’ll survive a fight with the Chinese navy.”
A “recently recited senior enlisted leader” is similarly reported as saying, “I guarantee you every unit in the Navy is up to speed on their diversity training. I’m sorry that I can’t say the same of their ship handling training.”
What to do about it?
In their report, Schmidle and Montgomery provide a number of recommendations to fix the problem. Those recommendations include things such as prioritizing warfighting training, eliminating politics and the media from the war room, limiting the social media accounts of Navy officials, removing political and sociological topics from military education, and so on. Schmidle and Montgomery also provided a warning that, based on what they found, “the Navy risks losing the next major conflict.”
The question now is will anything be done about this. We’ll see.