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PENTAGON WATCH – Tied to a contentious hearing with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin that I reported on last week, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark) released a list of 28 written complaints from troops about woke indoctrination sessions that service members say paint the military as fundamentally racist. The complaints were included in a June 10 Memo from Senator Cotton to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subject: SECDEF/CJCS Posture Hearing.

These 28 examples are reportedly only a small number of hundreds received from the public whistleblower site launched by Cotton and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) two weeks ago inviting service members to complain about “woke ideology” in the military. Cotton, a Ranger qualified Army officer, served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan. Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL officer, lost an eye to an IED in Afghanistan in 2012.


The ‘training’ sessions described by the troops in the complaints often openly supported leftist groups while labeling conservative movements as ‘extremist.’

Defense One reported on some of these complaints:

…one service member balked at the training’s focus on far-right extremist groups, not other organizations like Black Lives Matter or Antifa.

“Anyone who has been face to face with them during the riots will tell you they are in fact well organized militant hate groups,” the service member wrote. “However, we are encouraged to stand with them, but not groups that stand for the Constitution.”

“Many struggle to connect on why we heavily condemned Jan 6 but refused to talk about the violent riots during the summer of 2020. Many had questions about groups like Antifa not being discussed during out [sic] extremism presentation,” another service member wrote. 

One member of the military wrote that a Black Lives Matter flag hung on a naval installation in Africa “was offensive and distracting to me, especially in a combat zone.” When he asked about it, a commander told him the movement was “not political and non-partisan.” 

Another allegedly wrote the senator to complain that a “forced” discussion session on racism occurred only after “the baseline assumption that systemic racism is real and an existing problem we have to face was locked in as fact.” 

Another complained, “The training was about extremists. The only example of extremist groups that was given was white Supremist [sic] groups.” Yet another complained after hearing an senior leader advocate for Black Lives Matter, saying she “told us that we all need to support this cause because it is morally right.” 

But, the service member complained, “This group is particularly hostile, and doesn’t align with my morals in any fashion. When Senior Non-Commissioned Officers inject their politics into the workplace, we lose our apolitical nature and ability to complete tasks with everyone around in a more effective nature.”

Senator Cotton’s memo noted many more complaints. Read here the entire June 10 Memo.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
1 year ago

Us citizens had better be prepared to defend our country. The military is going to hell in a hand basket

Bill R
Bill R
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

I prefer to believe, like in the civilian sector, there is a quiet majority in the military that finds this just as disturbing and anti-American as the rest of us. I’m fed us with the Administration in Washington insulting my intelligence and Patriotism. Trying to groom the whole Nation to accept Marxist Ideology, racial bias and sexual perversion, just don’t get it with me. EVER!!

Bill R
Bill R
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill R

TYPO alert: meant to say fed up, rather than “fed us”

Cindy
Cindy
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill R

Knew what you meant.

Granny
Granny
1 year ago

The military isn’t going to hell in a hand basket, but it’s leaders are. A friend of my grandson who is a new enlistee told him not to write him about their church, the election, or anything conservative or he will get reprimanded. This is cruel and unusual punishment for a kid away from home!!!!!! It’s time, to clean house at the upper levels of this government!!!

Pawn
Pawn
1 year ago
Reply to  Granny

First of all the kid can write anything (except not things about security or material that can not be made public) he wants too. The armewd forces can not open his mail unless thy have some kind of probable cause that secerts are in this mail, as I understand it. The miltary upper officers that support any of this “woke” cra[ need to be hung as do all of the alphabet soup upper management (you knowFBI, IRS, CIA, CDC (including all the lies about cover), FDA (See CDC ), you get it. The media and any schools that teach these lies also need to have appropriate punishment as do the judges that support these acts of terrorism.

Michael Bluemke
Michael Bluemke
1 year ago

EVERYTHING HAPPENING NOW IS ALL’S the biden/harris communist regime fault! Our country is experiencing the VERY WORST white house ever, ALL of bidens appointees are INSANE AS WELL!!! wray, mayorkas, s. abrams, their just like biden, harris is also a MAJOR DISASTER. I hope we can make it till 2022, and eventually 2024!!! That would be the END OF ALL OF bidens & co. DISASTROUS MOVES!!! I HOPE WE MAKE IT, I PRAY DAILY THAT WE WILL!!

Bill R
Bill R
1 year ago

Amen