Pentagon defends diversity training

The Pentagon defended the army’s diversity and inclusion training packages amid a torrent of criticism, saying they’re important for recruiting the “right people” in its responsibility to defend the nation.​

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby was requested throughout Tuesday’s briefing about GOP lawmakers creating websites urging whistleblowers within the armed providers to show progressive diversity training packages, a few of which have reportedly deemed white people “inherently evil.”

“We certainly respect the oversight that Congress provides. I’m not going to comment on any specific one initiative that members of Congress might be doing​,” Kirby stated. “What I can speak to is what we’re really focused on here at the Department and that’s defending the nation. And that means putting in place the right resources, the right strategies, the right operational concepts to do that, around the world.​”

Members of the National Guard outside the Capitol Building.
The Pentagon says army diversity and inclusion training packages are important for recruiting the “right people.”
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Kirby stated the army wants “good people” to maintain warships, plane and different army programs working effectively.

“And the ​secretary has been very clear and fairly unapologetic about the fact that we want to get all the best talent that we can available from the American people. If you ​meet the standards and you’re qualified to be in the military – and you’re willing to raise your hand and serve this country​ – we want you to be able to do and we want you to be able to do it free of hate and fear and discrimination​,” he stated.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) began a campaign final week that seeks to have army members report the “woke ideology.” 

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
John Kirby argued the diversity packages guarantee Americans are capable of serve their nation “free of hate and fear and discrimination.”

“Enough is enough. We won’t let our military fall to woke ideology. We have just launched a whistleblower webpage where you can submit your story. Your complaint will be legally protected, and go to my office and @SenTomCotton,” Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, wrote on Twitter.

T​he two GOP lawmakers stated they had been prompted to behave after Cotton’s assembly with Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, the previous Space Force commander who was relieved of his duties when he stated Marxism is being instilled within the army by means of diversity and fairness training ordered by Pentagon brass.​

“I was concerned by what I heard and will be pressing senior military leaders for answers,” Cotton posted on Twitter. 

Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw launched a whistleblower marketing campaign to report inclusion and diversity packages within the army.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin addressed concerns concerning the army’s training packages and responded on to Sen. Ted Cruz’s criticism concerning the high quality of the nation’s combating forces throughout an interview with CNN on Memorial Day. 

Cruz (R-Texas) accused the Army of portraying troopers as “pansies” in a recruiting advert that contains a feminine soldier with “two moms” and in contrast the spot to a Russian advert that confirmed buff troopers doing pushups and leaping out of airplanes.

Austin stated America’s foes “would like to capitalize on talking points like that,” and added that the US army won’t ever be “soft.”

Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton.
Sen. Tom Cotton stated he was “concerned” by what he heard concerning the training packages.

“I will not lose one minute of sleep about what the Chinese leadership is saying or what Vladimir Putin is saying. What I will focus on, and what I am focused on is the defense of this nation, and making sure that we have what’s needed to be successful,” the protection secretary stated.

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