The United States Military, like the country it serves, is pretty diverse. Also like the nation, when prejudices and bigotries arise that pit member against member, citizen against citizen, it can create an unwelcoming place. Department of Defense officials say that preventing these rifts helps them ensure that all the best-qualified individuals are available to recruit and train.
The New York Post reported Wednesday on the Pentagon’s diversity training, and specifically on a response to criticism.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby was asked about certain GOP members’ attacks on these diversity training efforts, and their claims that anti-racism training is inherently anti-white. Kirby said that while he wouldn’t address specific initiatives by members of Congress, he could affirm that diversity training is a positive benefit for the military.
“…we want to get all the best talent that we can available from the American people. If you meet the standards and you’re qualified to be in the military — and you’re willing to raise your hand and serve this country — we want you to be able to do and we want you to be able to do it free of hate and fear and discrimination.”
To all of this, Matt Gaetz has a two-word rebuttal: “It isn’t.”
It isn’t. https://t.co/DkOUfkPg5T
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) June 4, 2021
He offered no information on why he would be better suited than the Department of Defense to determine whether the military benefits from such training, or any support for his opinion.
During the previous administration, a ban on transgender enlistees briefly threatened the diversity and inclusion of the U.S. Military. Repealing this was one of Biden’s first acts in office.
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