by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Former President Barack Obama left a legacy of radical social change in the military, but aside from major shifts like allowing women in all combat roles and repealing the ban on open transgender service, many cases of rampant political correctness have been memory-holed. …
… 1. Handbook tells soldiers not to criticize pedophilia
A proposed U.S. Army handbook from 2012 ordered soldiers not to make any nasty comments about the Taliban or criticize the common practice of pedophilia in Afghanistan. The handbook also suggested that the West’s failure to grasp culture in Afghanistan was partially responsible for the spate of insider attacks. In 2012 alone, insider attacks accounted for 63 deaths of members of the U.S. coalition. …
… 2. The Bible disrespects diversity
In December 2014, the Army punished Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn for listing Bible verses as an optional resource in a suicide prevention training class. While his training was very well-received, one soldier complained and contacted an outside organization to put pressure on the military. Army Col. David Fivecoat, Lawhorn’s superior, condemned him for supposedly violating Army policy. Fivecoat told him he was to stop mentioning the Bible because it disrespects diversity.
3. An Air Force base banned the greeting, “Have a blessed day.”
The Robins Air Force Base in Georgia banned the greeting “Have a blessed day” in March 2015 after a non-religious, anonymous airman bitterly complained that the greeting made him feel as though he was supposed to believe that a higher power affected the course of his day. Just over 10 other airmen joined in his objection to the greeting. …
… 4. Army ROTC cadets pressured to walk around in bright red heels for social justice
In April 2015, Army ROTC cadets at Arizona State University said they were pressured by leadership to walk around in bright red high heels as part of the university’s “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event. The event was intended to raise awareness about sexual violence faced by women. While event participation was officially listed as voluntary, cadets said if they dodged attendance, they’d face repercussions. The Army’s own website about the event in 2014 confirmed that there was a push to get as many participants as possible.