Friday, February 19, 2021

New U.S. Navy Task Force To Combat Structural And Interpersonal Biases


            The United States will soon fully unleash a new naval task force, Task Force Navy One, or TF1N. What will this mighty force be charged with combatting? The rise of China? Russia? The Hermit Kingdom of North Korea? Iran? Global terrorism?

None of the above. The force was actually established “to combat discrimination in the Navy”-- by requiring its members to "advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every Sailor in the Navy." Every single one. No matter if he/she/they/xir/xie lived experience includes a proclivity for pedophilia, polyamory or a fondness for riding crops.

Task Force Navy One’s mission, one each and every sailor must accept, is to "address the issues of racism, sexism and other destructive biases and their impact on naval readiness." (I clearly see the Village People singing their 1979 hit In the Navy.)

A recent TF1N press release noted: "The task force will seek to promptly address the full spectrum of systemic racism, advocate for the needs of underserved communities, work to dismantle barriers and equalize professional development frameworks and opportunities within the Navy.”

It sure as hell won’t have any time left over to, say, protect the nation it’s supposed to serve. But that’s not important now. Though those in the force won’t be asked to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, they will be required to recite the TF1N Pledge, according to a report it recently released. Put your hand over your favorite body part and say it with me now:

As a key member of Task Force One Navy I will invest the time, attention and empathy required to analyze and evaluate Navy-wide issues related to racism, sexism, ableism and other structural and interpersonal biases.

I pledge to be actively inclusive in the public and private spheres where I live and work, and proactively encourage others to do the same.

I pledge to advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every Sailor in the Navy.

I pledge to engage in ongoing self-reflection, education and knowledge-sharing to better myself and my communities.

I pledge to be an example in establishing healthy, inclusive and team-oriented environments.

I pledge to constructively share all experiences and information gained from activities above to inform the development of Navy-wide reforms.

The report also conveyed instructions for how commanders are to interact with fellow Navy members:

At the command level, we need to: a. Start a dialogue with your superiors, peers and teams and listen to their personal stories and experiences. If we have not directly experienced racism, sexism, ageism, or other forms of discrimination, it is often difficult to realize they exist. However, they do exist in our Navy and country, and it is our responsibility to eliminate them. b. Keep the conversation going. Practice inclusion every day by integrating Sailor and civilian perspectives in early stages of problem-solving and idea generation. In each meeting you have and problem you tackle, include all perspectives to gather varied points of view that will help you make the best decision.

It is the Navy’s job to eliminate all forms of discrimination in the country? What about the massive surge in cancel culture and the overt attacks on conservatives? Will it be tasked with bombing Silicon Valley?

The Task Force Navy One leadership has even created recommendations related to the naming of buildings, streets and ships. I can’t wait for the commissioning of the USS Pangender, the USS Caitlyn Jenner, and the USS RuPaul. (“We’re coming at you big boys! Are those 50-caliber guns on your deck or are you just happy to see us?!”)

Go back and reread the first stanza of the TF1N Pledge. Please. Notice that it lists “ableism” as one of the “structural and interpersonal biases” that need to be dealt with. Ableism! In the military! Yes, the fact that someone is highly skilled at piloting a ship, landing an aircraft, analyzing radar and sonar returns or targeting weapons systems is no reason for them to be given the job over another who happens to be utterly incompetent. That would be ableist, unfair and non-inclusive!

Not to be left behind, the U.S. Army is also leaving behind traditional norms and will go woke or go broke. Starting later this month, women in the United States Army will be permitted to wear ponytails, earrings, lipstick, and nail polish while in their combat uniform. And so will the men, I’m sure. Or at least those that claim to be women. Push-up bras, crotchless panties, Ben-Wa balls and genital piercings will most likely also be allowed as long as they aren’t visible to other sailors during active duty drills or wartime combat missions.

Straights, gays, lesbians, transgenders, pan-genders, etc., all sharing the same ship or general quarters, wearing whatever they want? What could be less confusing and more conducive to focus and team building, right?

In the navy, in the navy, in the navy (in the navy)
They want you, they want you
They want you as a new recruit
Who me?
They want you, they want you
They want you as a new recruit
But, but, but, I'm afraid of water.
Hey, hey look
Man, I get seasick even watchin' it on the TV!
They want you, they want you in the navy
Oh my goodness.
What am I gonna do in a submarine?
They want you, they want you in the navy
In the navy

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