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The US Navy is Now a Woke Institution

  • The US Navy is Now a Woke Institution

By Capt Joseph R. John, March 3, 2021, Op Ed #545

Through the centuries, “Combat Readiness” was the way experienced Naval Flag Officers predicted a unit’s success in combat at sea and evaluated what individuals would perform well under stress.  Today, “Diversity” and “Political Correctness” have become the measure of the US Navy, instead of “Combat Readiness” in Biden, Harris, and Obama’s Woke new Navy.  In June 2020, Obama era screened and promoted US Navy Flag Officers created and is developing the “Task Force One Navy” (TF1N).  It included the attached disgraceful pledge that all sailors, Petty Officers, and Naval Officers, will not even fully understand the need for, however Navy members of the “Task Force One Navy” Task Force were required to swear to the pledge. 

The TF1N radical socio-cultural-sexual indoctrination program is for all its enlisted and officer service members.  Under the guise of an effort to “address the issues of white racism, sexism, extremism, and other destructive biases, the leaders of the new Woke Navy are in the process of indoctrinating members of the US Navy about the “White Racism” and “Extremism” that exists in its ranks, and effectively destroying “Unit Cohesion”, “Retention”, and “Combat Readiness”.  The Obama-era Admirals developed “Task Force One Navy” (TF1N) with blinders on, while the violent riots being led by Black Lives Matter Domestic Terrorists were destroying $2 billion in US infrastructure and putting 2000 Police Officers in the hospitals.

Now TF1N is requiring white sailors to acknowledge their intersectional identities.  This bizarre, subjective, open-ended, neo-Marxist mandate opens the door for ideological and political indoctrination of service members in almost every area of life.  The press release that the US Navy released about the TF1N indoctrination sounded like it came from a liberal university diversity officer’s “woke” racist dream: “The Task Force will seek to promptly address the full spectrum of systemic racism, advocate for the needs of underserved communities, work to dismantle barriers and equalize professional development frameworks and opportunities within the Navy.” Among many recommendations, TF1N leaders had recommendations related to matters surrounding gender minorities, and updating naming ships, buildings, and streets, and countering hate speech.

Thank the False Narrative that Biden, Harris, and Obama keep pushing, that the US is a “Systemically Racist” nation, which is right out of the Marxist propaganda being promoted by Black Lives Matter (BLM), and ANTIFA Marxist Domestic Terrorists who led the violent riots in over 200+ Democrat Controlled Sanctuary Cities for over a year.  They were responsible for hundreds of American deaths, for looting thousands of businesses, and torching thousands of police cruisers.  Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA are both controlled and being funded by Nazi Collaborator George Soros.

Obama-screened Navy Flag Officers have allowed the lie that the US is a “Systemically Racist” nation to be discussed in the “Critical Race Theory” training classes at the US Naval Academy.  Midshipmen are indoctrinated in “Critical Race Theory” while at the same time, the Superintendent has eliminated the Honor Code.  “Critical Race Theory” degrades a person’s immutable individual unique characteristics, regardless of race or gender, while it does not encourage Midshipmen to focus, most importantly, as they were once taught, on individual non-racial characteristics."

It is not what the Father of the Navy, John Paul Jones, meant for Midshipmen to be indoctrinated in at the US Naval Academy when he stated, "An officer of the Navy must be the soul of tact, patience, justice, firmness, kindness, and charity.  No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention…”, nor what the Rev Martin Luther King said, “People should not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."  “Critical Race Theory” is abhorrent, bigoted, racist, and is too divisive to be taught to Midshipmen in the Brigade, to millions of students in thousands of colleges nationally, and to all young naval personnel.  Forcing this political rot into leadership classes, exposes the true character of the leadership of the Navy and the Naval Academy. 

The Obama-screened Navy Admirals have accepted the Black Lives Matter Marxist doctrine and the lie that there is “Systemic Racism” in the US Navy and the Fleet.  According to a news release of February 3rd, the Admirals created a bizarre, Marxist-inspired ‘socio-cultural-sexual’ ideological’ indoctrination program outlined in the “Task Force One Navy” (TF1N), to “identify”, then “eliminate’ certain individuals who are considered not Obama’s definition of “politically correct” under the guise of eliminating “Systemic Racism” from the Naval Force” ---eliminating white Sailors, white Petty Officers, white Chiefs, and white Officers”.  Class action lawsuits may be filed against the woke inept leaders of the Navy, to expose them and prevent them from evicting personnel with too many years of Honorable service to be replaced by politically correct personnel.

The TF1N report includes a 5-point “Pledge” that makes Sailors and Marines promise to fight “ableism”, whose definition is unknown.  The Pledge uses “woke” vocabulary words like “intersectionality” and “disparate impact.”  Those concepts and mandates inevitably lead to percentage-based “diversity metrics,” another name for “quotas.”  Still to be announced is what the punishments will be for violating the new pledge and whether it will be required to be read aloud in unit formations.  It is difficult to ascertain whether this is more like George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984,’ or Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution in Communist China. 

Referring to the Pentagon-wide, 60-day “extremism” stand-down, Navy Times notes that: “Among other things, the stand-down must also include listening sessions focused on the Navy’s core values and Culture of Excellence campaign, along with the findings of Task Force One Navy.” Based on that dangerously subversive Task Force One Navy report, almost anything that is considered offensive by the most “Woke” observer can also be considered “extremism,” and subject to sanction by the Navy.

The Orwellian hunt for the yet to be defined “Extremists” in the US Navy has just gotten much more concerning.  According to Vice Admiral John Nowell, Jr., Chief of Naval Personnel, simply liking or sharing a social media post found to be “offensive” could brand a sailor as an “Extremist”.  Vice Admiral John Nowell, Jr. used threatening language in a video (that video is the perfect definition of poor leadership); it was shared on Facebook.  As quoted in a Navy Times article, VADM Nowell said: “You may not personally know any shipmates with “Extremist” beliefs, but I assure you that those forces of darkness are among us.  Just by posting, retweeting, or liking an offensive post on social media — you could be participating in “Extremism”.

Sailors, Petty Officers, Chiefs and Naval Officers are entering a bizarre and unknown arena with mine fields, where a biased acquisition of being an “Extremist” for liking or sharing a social media post, arbitrarily termed “Offensive”.  While the terms “Extremist” and “Offensive” have still not been clearly defined and will be highly subjective to different accusers, different Commanding Officers, different retention boards in different commands---it is approaching insanity---only white members of the Navy must be careful---black members have nothing to worry about.

This destructive “Task Force One Navy” policy is dividing a once unified “Combat Ready” US Navy and it will further erode the US Navy’s “Combat Effectiveness”, and “Unit Cohesiveness”.  Communist China, Marxist Russia, and the Islamic Terrorist State of Iran have a fully “unified” fighting force in their Navies; at the same time, they are building and modernizing their Navy’s to outstrip and overtake the US Navy, with the goal of destroying the US Navy. 

The US Navy is responding by indoctrinating their personnel in the divisive Marxist “Critical Race Theory” rot, that will divide personnel in the fleet by race, gender, and ultimately drive “conservative” sailor and officers “of all races” out of the US Navy in disgust.  That is exactly what Biden, Harris, and Obama want, so they can recruit more woke, transgender, and personnel of color into the Navy who will be more supportive of Democrat Socialists policies and President Kamala Harris when she comes up for re-election.

The Navy’s and the Republic’s collective future with “Freedom of Religion”, “Freedom of Speech”, “Freedom of Association” and with a Navy free 0f political indoctrination and brainwashing, depends on Congress and the American people having the courage to stand up to the dangerous and divisive ideology of “Critical Race Theory” and the “Task Force One Navy” being pushed by the Marxist ideology of Black Lives Matter, and by those Admirals in the Navy who support the Black Lives Matter Domestic Terrorist Racist Organization, formed by two females who brag that they are proud Marxists, while accusing American society and “all white Americans” of being racists.  


Black Live Matter are the true bigoted racists.  No white organization rioted daily for a year in over 200 cities, created $2 billion in destruction, and put over 2000 Police Officers in hospitals.  Those Obama-era screened Navy Admirals including the Superintendent of the Naval Academy are in support of Black Lives Matter’s “Critical Race Theory” indoctrination of Navy personnel.  Navy Admirals should keep politics out of the training of Naval personnel; they are creating racial division within the Navy, while developing a racial hostile and politically charged training environment within the Brigade of Midshipmen and in the US Navy that is dividing personnel on racial grounds.  


It appears that regarding “Extremism” issues in the US Navy, it was not a issue that affected Sailors, Petty Officers, Junior Officers, or Senior Officers in the fleet.  “Extremism” really manifested itself and was created at the highest level of the Biden Administration, with Biden’s appointees to DOD, and the Obama-era screened “Politically Correct” Flag Officers who created the aggressive and dangerous woke “Task Force One Navy” to root out an undefined “Extremist” really purging the Navy, in disguise, of conservative tough white career Navy men.  It is truly disgraceful and dishonest to label hundreds of thousands of Naval personnel who have been taught to eliminate “all” forms of discriminations for the last 50 years and have for the most part done so very successfully.  This new Biden “Woke” Navy must be challenged publicly, legally, and repeatedly---or they will destroy the most professional Navy in the world.  The below listed excellent article discusses the new woke US Navy.  Someone should inform the leaders of the Navy that United States is defined by values, not by race, or ethnicity! 

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 Our United States Navy is now a woke institution

By Andrea Widburg

One of Obama’s most consequential acts was to purge the Pentagon of leaders who did not subscribe to a woke, leftist philosophy. For more than a decade, the military has been at least as dedicated to implementing social justice principles as it has been to achieving military readiness. The latest manifestation of this trend is the Final Report from Task Force One Navy (TF1N), the goal of which is to “Embrace Inclusion and Diversity.”

The Navy created TF1N on July 1, 2020, at the height of the George Floyd riots. The purpose was to “dismantle barriers to equality while creating sustainable opportunities, ultimately achieving our desired end-state of warfighting excellence.” The resulting 141-page final report is filled to the brim with this same perky, leftist, verbose corporate jargon, interspersed with military acronyms and cant. There are also 338 iterations of some variation of the word “diverse.”

To serve on TF1N (undoubtedly a resume enhancer), members were required to take a pledge. It’s not about country or service; it’s about touchy-feely social justice (emphasis mine):

As a key member of Task Force One Navy I will invest the time, attention and empathy required to analyze and evaluate Navywide issues related to racism, sexism, ableism and other structural and interpersonal biases.

I pledge to be actively inclusive in the public and private spheres where I live and work, and proactively encourage others to do the same.

I pledge to advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every Sailor in the Navy.

I pledge to engage in ongoing self-reflection, education and knowledge sharing to better myself and my communities.

I pledge to be an example in establishing healthy, inclusive and team-oriented environments.

I pledge to constructively share all experiences and information gained from activities above to inform the development of Navywide reforms.

The implication of the report’s jargon and cant is that the Navy is a bastion of White supremacist domination. (That explains the Defense Secretary’s military-wide stand-down to purge “White supremacists.”) However, it’s noteworthy that 76% of the Navy’s personnel are White and 75% of its officers are White. In other words, perfect representation.

The “problem” is that non-whites and women aren’t in the officer ranks in proportion to their population. The report says Blacks are 13% of the demographics, but only 7% of the officers; Hispanics have an 18%-11% breakdown; and women are at 51%-22%. Meanwhile, Asians overachieve by having a 6% presence and a 7% officer representation.

There are lots of recommendations. As always in matters of race, the leftists in charge want to do away with academic standards. Recommendation 1.2 for Recruiting states, “Establish a ‘whole person’ evaluation framework that deemphasizes the use of standardized academic tests.” The military might do better to work with America’s public schools to help minority performance.

This approach applies to increasing officer diversity too. The TF1N recommends that the Navy “Explore the elimination of OAR [Officer Aptitude Rating] test requirement.” (Rec. 1.8) This, we are assured, will improve minority advancement so their presence in the officer ranks mirrors perfectly their national demographic percentages.

The report seeks to make quotas easier by recommending that the Navy “Expand post-board statistics to include gender and ethnicity/race information in post board reports….” (Rec. 2.6) In the same vein, it says “Formally track statistics regarding diverse board membership….” (Rec. 2.7)

Then there’s the carefully phrased recommendation to address the unconscious bias of systemic racism that surely plagues all white people: “Develop a subjectivity mitigation tool or suite of tools to assist leaders at all levels with considering various fallacies and forms of subjectivity that can influence decisions.” (Rec. 3.1) You can just feel the Critical Race Theory oozing out of that one.

Hair matters: “Update functions and incentivize retention of [Retail Specialists] tasked to style the hair of Sailors afloat.” (Rec. 3.5) In the old days, hair meant using clippers for men, buzzing it down until the scalp showed. For women, it was a short, neat ponytail. Now, though, women need “diverse styling preferences.” No, they really don’t. It’s the military, not a college campus.

Another cosmetic reform, if you will, is to “Add ‘and Respect’ to Navy Core Values,” which currently speak only of “Honor, Courage, Commitment.” (Rec. 5.1).

The Navy is also preparing quotas for Non-Judicial Punishments. “Ensure capability to monitor race, ethnicity and gender of service members subject to NJP actions.” (Rec. 5.10) When these punishment quotas have been enacted in public schools, the results have been disastrous.

For decades, the American military has been a splendidly operating merit-based institution that revolved around a shared commitment to the mission – defending America. With a woke Pentagon in charge and an anti-American, leftist administration calling the shots, the Navy’s TF1N Final Report indicates that the new Navy will emphasize racial and sex divisions, implement quotas, and elevate “lived truths,” “feelings,” and subjective claims of systemic racism over military readiness.