Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, said Thursday that U.S. military leaders are “prioritizing woke training over actual war fighting” following lawmakers’ investigation into the Navy‘s culture.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. – along with Crenshaw, a retired Navy SEAL, and fellow Republican Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin – directed an investigation into Navy culture, following three major incidents between 2016 and 2017 that resulted in the death of 17 sailors. They found that 94% of the sailors interviewed thought the military branch is facing a leadership and culture crisis.
“Unfortunately, the findings of our report aren’t surprising,” Crenshaw tweeted. “We’ve known military leaders are prioritizing woke training over actual war fighting. It’s what we constantly hear from service members. It doesn’t make this any less concerning. It’s a threat to national security.”
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle and retired Navy Rear Amd. Mark Montgomery prepared the report titled, “A Report on the Fighting Culture of the United States Navy’s Surface Fleet,” conducting long-form interviews with 77 active and retired sailors over the last year — more than half of which said the 2016 and 2017 incidents were directly correlated with culture and leadership problems.
The report noted that one anonymous lieutenant currently on active duty said, “Sometimes I think we care more about whether we have enough diversity officers than if we’ll survive a fight with the Chinese navy.”
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