(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.”