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(RepublicanWire.org) – Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican, grilled the Air Force over the diversity training that replaced “mom” and “dad” with gender-neutral terms, calling it “un-American.”

Cotton’s letter to Air Force Academy  Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, is demanding answers from him regarding the “diversity and inclusion” training exercises the academy put cadets through.

“Cadets were reportedly instructed to refrain from using terms such as ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend’ or ‘mom’ and ‘dad,’ and instead use terms that ‘include all gender,’” Cotton noted.

“The training also condemns the use of the term ‘colorblind’ or the claim that someone does not ‘see color,’” the Cotton continued. “Even the term ‘terrorist’ was deemed inappropriate.”

“These divisive and un-American training exercises have no place in our military and demonstrate an alarming lack of focus at the Air Force Academy,” Cotton wrote. “The Air Force Academy ought to teach future airmen to revere our nation’s traditions and values, not to have contempt for them.”

Cotton warned that the Air Force Academy’s “increasing politicization is damaging the institution’s reputation” as well as the branch as a whole, and he asked the Air Force Academy to confirm the training happened and answer several questions regarding it.

“The Air Force Academy does not prohibit the use of ‘mom and dad’ or other gender-specific terms,” the spokesperson said. “The recent briefing on diversity and inclusion is being taken out of context and misrepresented; the slide in question was not intended to stand alone.”

“First and foremost, the briefing centered on respect for others and the warfighting imperative of leveraging diverse perspectives to solve our nation’s most difficult national security problems,” the spokesperson continued. “Our strategic competitors are doing the opposite. Our American diversity is a strategic advantage and opens the door to creative solutions, providing a competitive edge in air, space and cyberspace.”

The spokesperson said the “slide on ‘inclusive language’ was intended to demonstrate how respect for others should be used to build inclusive teams, producing more effective warfighting units.”

“Understanding a person’s context shows respect,” they added. “Until you know a person’s situation, we should not make assumptions about them.”

The slide presentation titled, “Diversity & Inclusion: What it is, why we care, & what we can do,” advises cadets to use “person-centered” and gender-neutral language when describing individuals.

“Some families are headed by single parents, grandparents, foster parents, two moms, two dads, etc.: consider ‘parent or caregiver’ instead of ‘mom and dad,'” the presentation states. “Use words that include all genders​: ‘Folks’ or ‘Y’all’ instead of ‘guys’; ‘partner’ vs. ‘boyfriend or girlfriend.’”

“Not ‘Colorblind’ or ‘I don’t see color,’ but Color Conscious,” it adds. “We see Color/Patterns AND VALUE people for their uniqueness.”

Cotton said in a tweet, “The Biden Pentagon needs to stop focusing on getting rid of gender-specific language like “mom” and “dad” at America’s service academies and instead focus on the recruiting crisis our military faces.”

In Colorado, The  Air Force Academy is encouraging cadets to apply for a fellowship program for “gender minorities” that specifies “cisgender” men need not apply.

The academy sent an email on Sept. 14 informing cadets that the 2023 application for the Brooke Owens Fellowship for “undergraduate women and gender minorities interested in aerospace” is due by Oct. 10.

The application on the fellowship’s website says, “If you are a cisgender man, this program isn’t for you.”

“If you are a cisgender woman, a transgender woman, non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, or another form of gender minority, this program is for you,” the application states. “If you are a cisgender man, this program isn’t for you… but we encourage you to check out our spinoff programs, the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship and the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program.”

The USAFA’s email said the Brooke Owens Fellowship is a “nine-week paid internship at a leading aerospace company” and that any undergraduate who is a “woman or gender minority” is welcome to apply.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Up to 40,000 Army National Guard soldiers are being punished for refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. 

The U.S. Pentagon gave these Army National Guard soldiers until last week to submit their vaccination forms. 40,000 of these soldiers had chosen not to get vaccinated, and at least 14,000 of these soldiers made it clear that they will not get vaccinated.

Now, the Army is taking action against these soldiers.

The big question leading up to the deadline was how the Army would deal with those Army National Guard soldiers who refuse to get vaccinated. Would they be expelled or reprimanded? We now have the answer.

The Army has announced that those members who violated the COVID-19 vaccination mandate have, at the very least, been barred from federally-funded drills and training.

“Beginning July 1, 2022, members of the Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve who have refused the lawful DOD COVID-19 vaccination order without an approved or pending exemption may not participate in federally funded drills and training and will not receive pay or retirement credit,” the Army said.

The Army added, “Soldiers who refuse the vaccination order without an approved or pending exemption request are subject to adverse administrative actions, including flags, bars to service, and official reprimands. In the future, Soldiers who continue to refuse the vaccination order without an exemption may be subject to additional adverse administrative action, including separation.”

To put this all into perspective, 40,000 represents roughly 13% of the Army National Guard. That’s a lot of personnel.

We don’t know how many of these 40,000 soldiers have requested exemptions. We know that 14,000 have indicated that they will not take the vaccine no matter what. Either way, that is still a lot of soldiers to lose.

Let’s also not forget that this is all because these soldiers refuse to take an experimental vaccine that neither stops one from getting the coronavirus nor from spreading it. Instead, the vaccine is just said to reduce symptoms, a claim that we do not even know is true because, for example, there is no way for us to know how a person would have handled the coronavirus if he or she had not been vaccinated.

(RepublicanWire.org) – An LBGTQ-themed video from the U.S. Navy that champions the usage of “correct pronouns,” the importance of gender identity, and the goal of making a “safe space for everyone” has been shared with the public.

The nearly four-minute video posted in late May on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service website, features Conchy Vasquez and Jony Rozon, “both engineers at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport” who “discuss the importance of using correct pronouns as well as polite etiquette when you may not be sure of someone’s pronouns.”

The video is the latest bid by the military to foster a more sensitive environment for its members and staff. The Army mandates similar gender identity training and trains officers on when to offer subordinates gender-transition surgery, the Washington Free Beacon reported in March. These programs are part of a larger push by the Biden administration to make the military more welcoming to transgender individuals.

A Navy SEAL from the team that killed terrorist Osama bin Laden railed against an instructional video the U.S. Navy recently released on gender pronouns.

“Let me make it simple for the entire @USNavy: Your pronouns are shipmate/shipmates,” Robert J. O’Neill, who served on the team that killed bin Laden, tweeted. “There. I just saved the taxpayers millions by avoiding ridiculously useless training. Anchors aweigh.”

This isn’t the first time O’Neill has blasted political “wokeness.” Last June, he criticized President Joe Biden for claiming that white supremacists were a greater threat than the Islamic State terrorist group or al-Qaeda.

“As I said in my address to the joint session of Congress, according to the Intelligence Community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today, not ISIS, not Al-Qaeda — white supremacists,” Biden said during a press conference. “That’s not me. That’s the intelligence community under both Trump and under my administration.”

“This is the most dangerously inaccurate statement I have ever heard from a president,” O’Neill said. “More to follow, I’m sure.”

This isn’t the headline coming out of the Navy. It has been reported that the Navy has fired nearly a dozen officers in leadership positions in less than three months, including five in one week, due to a “loss of confidence” in their ability to command — an unusual string of terminations across land, air and sea teams, experts said.

At least nine commanding officers and two senior advisers have been relieved of their duties since April, when a cluster of suicides on the USS George Washington warship sparked widespread concerns of a mental health crisis.

A total of 13 commanding officers have been fired so far this year, including 12 in the Navy and one in the Marine Corps, the Navy said. Most recently, four Naval commanding officers and a top leader were ousted from June 8 to June 14.

It’s unclear what prompted the personnel changes, which the Navy said were unrelated to each other. The Navy did not elaborate further on specific conditions that led to the firings, but stressed the importance of “trust and confidence” across all levels of the chain of command.

“The U.S. Navy has long maintained high standards for all its personnel. Those who fall short of these standards are held accountable,” said Lt. Cmdr. Devin Arneson, a Navy spokesperson, who added that such an action is “neither punitive nor disciplinary.” 

(RepublicanWire.org) – Joe Biden has been reluctant to support the military and fund it the way it needs to be done. He has taken the position of passiveness to avoid dealing with people and their ideas of funding the military. But of all the groups he has to deal with. They would like to see the president defund the military so America is weakened so invaders can attack and take what they want.

But their hopes and dreams are crashing down around them because the new spending budget for the military has come out, and it’s a somewhat more prominent figure. Senators on both sides of the political fence support the military budget except those that would identify themselves as progressive.

Joe Biden had initially proposed a $715 billion budget. But the war pressed by Russia has increased by nearly $10 billion. Some of that increase would be marked as aid sent to Ukraine to help them fight against the invading terrorists.

Politico reported that “The deal to supercharge the Pentagon budget is partly thanks to a $25 billion boost to the administration’s defense proposal that Democrats and Republicans endorsed in military policy legislation Biden signed in December. But congressional leaders must still pass legislation to fund the Pentagon, and their negotiations could produce Pentagon spending even higher than the $740 billion they agreed to months ago.”

The progressives that exist under the Democrat flag all hate America. They would love to see the nation become a failed socialist state ruled by a liberal dictator. They need a weakened defense budget, so when the time comes to challenge the status quo of America, there is not enough money to fund defense measures.

Donald Trump was big on funding the military. He knew the threats that existed outside of the nation’s border. But Joe Biden is so clueless that for him, even to propose a defense budget is beyond expectation. But he is not the final say as to the budget amount. Congress will have the final say as they work out all the details.

John Yarmouth is the House Budget Committee Chair. He was opposed to the amount of increase when Donald Trump was in office. But he is supportive of this budget since it is coming from a Democrat. He stated, “It’s going to be tough. I don’t like it. I think we’re spending far too much anyways. But I think it’s a harder political vote now to vote against significant increases in defense.”

The Russian war can still present problems for western nations should the war expand to other regions. The United States will need to be ready to engage in war should the need come up.

The Democrats may be in control of the political landscape, but they are far from being able to work the system. The progressives wanted to keep the budget the same and, if they could justify the thought, even shrink it and make cuts.

The nation is sick and tired of inflated budgets. For the time being, it looks as if the Democrats have seen their doom should they keep pressing for unwarranted spending. But a world in war is cause for an increased military budget. The progressives may not like the idea, but they enjoy the freedoms that define America. Under socialist rule, many of the progressives would have been arrested for being so vocal about things.

The Republicans already know and realize that a strong America is what the world needs. The United States is the sole force to keep more considerable powers under control. But there must be a president willing to yield that power and use it to defend the oppressed. Joe Biden is not that person. He is a weak man that cannot stand up to a few world leaders wanting to terrorize their neighbors. The progressives may not like the spending bill for the military. But they certainly love the freedoms the soldiers give their lives to defend.

(RepublicanWire.org) – For the past four years, the Air Force has made a concerted effort to fill every stall in its corral with war-ready aircraft. The goal is to be able to react in record time and at full strength should the signal be sounded. But things haven’t been going so well.

In the fiscal year 2021, out of every 10 planes needed to complete missions, only seven were available. This caused the delay of combat missions, routine operations, and pilot training. The planes were sitting in hangers with their engine parts strewn everywhere.

Mission-capable rates are used to determine the readiness of nearly 40 of the Air Force’s essential aircraft. In 2020 the rate was bad at 72.7%, but 2021 saw it drop even further to 71.5%. The lowest it’s ever been was in 2018 when it toppled to a historical low of 70% but that record might soon be broken if action isn’t taken much sooner than later. 

Financially, it’s U.S. taxpayers who are getting the unlubricated end of the shaft. Some of these planes are over 50 years old and the required maintenance to keep them mission-worthy is staggering if they can be fixed at all. As long as this status quo is allowed to continue the reliability of the Air Force to successfully complete its mission, both in war and in peacetime, remains in serious question. 

The Air Force blames lawmakers for getting in the way. They don’t want to foot the bill for replacing outdated aircraft. It’s a lot of money and they have voters to consider. Maintenance costs and such aren’t as widely publicized as spending billions on new planes would be.  

The flyboys keep submitting plans year after year like they’re told to do, but year after year they keep being rejected. As it stands now those plans are caught up in a quagmire until at least the fiscal year 2023 so keep your fingers crossed over this Russia/Ukraine thing. The Air Force isn’t ready for that sort of thing just yet. 

Mission-ready rates in the 70 percentile are not going to be enough against a major adversary such as China or Russia. Heritage Foundation defense expert John Venable, also a former fighter pilot, put it this way. 

“Think about running a war against Russia or China, where you’ve got to generate all of your aircraft in order to make that happen. The math does not bode well.”

Seven fighter-type aircraft which include B-1B Lancer bombers, CV-22B Osprey air-lifters, and F-22A Raptor fighter jets, are at less than 60% operable and they’re not being fixed any time soon. They’ve had to take a backseat to planes needed for daily operations.

In 2020, had they been called upon, only 41% of B-1s would have made it out of the starting gate. Those that were down had extensive engine problems and had been down for quite some time. 

Searching for the bright side of this conundrum, 90% of remote-controlled Reaper attack drones are waiting to fly off the shelves at a moment’s notice. But don’t get too excited. First, you have to get the drones to where they need to be and this requires, you guessed it, the good old USAF and its broken-legged horses. 

Reaper drones have a range of 1,150 miles. China is 6,903 miles from its closest U.S. border. Get the picture? In the long run, it would be less expensive to replace the antique aircraft than what we’re currently spending to attempt patching them up. Then there’s the capability of winning a war to consider…