The infiltration of DEI in the military has raised concerns due to its perceived alignment with racist ideologies and Marxist principles.
Many question how this was able to happen within a few years, capturing the Department of Defense, military media outlets, and support agencies.
The response is straightforward: DEI activists have utilized the illustrations of military history and system to develop instructive chokepoints, permitting a couple of ideologues to control the insights and perspectives of masses who might somehow dismiss DEI as negative to the US military.
DEI advocates using psychological impediments and propaganda to accomplish the same goals by confusing and misinforming detractors, just as the winners of the battles of Thermopylae, Agincourt, and Morgarten used physical impediments that allowed small numbers to overwhelm overly confident and numerically superior forces.
Those who are skeptical of DEI are led to believe that their views are racist and held by a small group of people who are on the fringes of society, thanks to the persistent dissemination of false information. The media, including military journalists tasked with being the community’s spokespersons, are the primary propagators of these lies.
Military.com has registered ten million users. Zachary Fryer-Biggs, its managing editor, previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a group associated with the Huffington Post.
The Open Society Foundation of George Soros, the Ford, MacArthur, Knight, and Barbra Streisand foundations, and the Pew Charitable Trust are among the donors to CPI. The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, and the Washington Post have all published Fryer-Biggs’s work.
Since the 1990s, the Military Times newspaper syndicate has been owned by Gannett News and its subsidiaries, which also own USA Today. The Army and Air Force Exchange Services shops and defense commissaries sell these magazines most frequently. Marjorie Censer is the editor of Defense News. She previously worked as a staff writer at the Washington Post and as the Defense Editor at Politico.
Briggs, Censer, and numerous others promote DEI without reservation in these publications.
The service academies, tasked with instructing and training our future military leaders, are another culprit.
Instead, during four years of intellectual and acculturation development, the cadets and midshipmen at the United Military Academies are exposed to a diluted form of DEI. Put another way, the officers trained in the academies are more ideological than patriotic. The DEI agenda is supported, defended, and advanced by every newly appointed superintendent at every service academy.
Similarly, the current group of generals and admirals in charge of the US military are equally responsible for the ideological spiral of the military.
The public’s confidence in the institution and willingness to serve under their leadership has plummeted under their direction. Those who assert that DEI significantly contributes to the demise of the military have been rebuffed by the highest levels of the Department of Defense, who attribute the problem to COVID, a lack of healthy recruits, and the general ignorance of the American public.
The possibility to reorient the military’s prioritization of DEI policy presents itself with the retirement of General Mark Milley. General Charles Brown, a well-known officer known for his unwavering support for DEI, quotas, and statements that are racially provocative, has been chosen instead by the Biden administration. The Heritage Foundation ranked the Air Force’s readiness from “weak” to the lowest possible score of “very weak” following General Brown’s appointment as chief of staff in 2020.
I and a large number of other veterans who are members of Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services (STARRS) have pledged the following as our motto: “The foreign threats this nation faces and the values our military has pledged to defend call for leaders to decry racial animus and abide by the motto.” Ability over appearance, unity over division, and self-service over self-interest
Scott Sturman, MD, is a United States Air Force Academy graduate and a former helicopter pilot who majored in aeronautical engineering. He earned his medical degree from the University of Arizona School of Health Sciences Center, where he worked for 35 years before taking retirement.