Thursday, October 15, 2020

United States Navy SEALs, Army Going "Woke"

              The U.S. Navy SEALS have gone woke. Yes, (arguably) the toughest and fiercest group of warriors in the United States military have succumbed to political correctness and progressive dogma. The SEALs recently announced that they have changed their ethos and creed statements to make them gender neutral. Gone are such archaic and triggering terms as “brotherhood” and “man.” These vestiges of a non-inclusive yesteryear have been replaced by more welcoming if less specific terms. For example, their credo, “A common man with uncommon desire to succeed,” has been replaced by “Common citizens with uncommon desire to succeed.” Man Citizen, what an improvement! It’s always a good thing when you can say less with more words!  (I am surprised that progressives haven’t yet demanded the SEALs change their name. I mean, we can’t tolerate marine mammal nomenclature appropriation, can we?)

              If the SEALS are woke, the Army is napping. Literally. The Army recently released new guidelines for soldierly behavior. These include strategic and aggressive napping. The Army’s fitness and training field manual is now called the FM 7-22 Holistic Health and Fitness manual and has deemphasized tough physical challenges in favor of goal setting, visualization, spiritual readiness and getting plenty of rest.

              The freshly-minted FM 7-22 Holistic Health and Fitness manual advises, “Soldiers can use short, infrequent naps to restore wakefulness and promote performance. When routinely available sleep time is difficult to predict, soldiers might take the longest nap possible as frequently as time is available.” The new manual also has helpful tips on how to avoid injury while running, as well as entries on meditation, journaling and how “serving others” can help a soldier realize the “interconnectedness of all things and people.” Is there a section containing folk song lyrics?

              The section promoting quality sleep cautions soldiers to avoid video games, texting and other such activity before bed, and advises the troops to wind down by “listening to soothing music, reading, or taking a warm shower or bath” instead. What, no mention of warm milk and cookies? A furry little puppy? Piped in sounds of a babbling brook? Perhaps sergeants will now read bedtime stories to enlistees and gently caress them as they bid them to enter the land of nod.

              “Don’t Tread On Me” and “Be All You Can Be” just won’t cut it anymore. “Don’t Wake Me” and “Let It Be” are the new mottoes of a formerly formidable force.

 

 

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