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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 06:46 PM

As Military Addresses Diversity, Republicans See Culture War Target

WASHINGTON — At Fort Bragg, one of the nation’s largest military installations, plans are afoot for its first commemoration of Juneteenth, highlighting the role of the Union Army in emancipation.

The Defense Department recently added a deputy inspector general for diversity and inclusion and supremacist, extremism and criminal gang activity. In February, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the military to examine extremist activity in its midst and to ask troops for their views. Earlier, Austin had revoked a ban on diversity training for the military, and on Wednesday, he spoke at a Pride Month celebration at the Pentagon.

Its active wars ending, its ranks both smaller and more diverse and its talent needs shifting, the Pentagon is embracing ideas like inclusion and adopting many of the efforts long used in the private sector to recruit and retain women and people of color.

Yet while many inside and outside the military have embraced the effort as overdue, some Republican lawmakers and influential conservatives are mounting an inchoate but increasingly loud protest and promoting the idea that the armed forces are becoming the latest pawn in America’s culture wars.


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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 06:52 PM

1. What is fightening is since the ending of the draft the military has focused on recruiting and

promoting conservative gung-ho types. The Airforce Acadamy with similar problems in the past was also favoring Christian, gung-ho types. https://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/23/politics/air-force-academy-staff-found-promoting-religion.html

We should return to a draft lottery even as the need for a standing army is diminishing as not really useful with modern weapons.

The military needs to return to when it reflected the men and women of the nation.

It is sad that the Supreme Court turned down a recent challenge to the all male draft.

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