While speaking at an annual conference held by the Association of the Army, Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth discussed the Dept. of Defense’s new “woke” policies for soldiers.
Army Secretary Champions What's 'Important': Making 'Marginalized Communities' 'Feel Included'
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Wormuth professed not to understand exactly what “woke” meant, and she said the Army is devoted to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“In terms of, you know, soldiers coming from, um, marginalized communities or, you know, demographics that are not widely represented in the Army, that’s part of why we’ve got to emphasize positive command climates and inclusion,” she began. “You know, we get criticized, frankly, sometimes, for being ‘woke.’”
“I’m not sure what ‘woke’ means,” Wormuth continued. “I think ‘woke’ means a lot of different things to different people.”
Wormuth went on to say that the Army has to respect the different backgrounds of its soldiers.
“But I think, you know, we do have a wide range of soldiers in our Army, and we’ve got to make them all feel included,” she explained. “And that’s why a lot of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs are important.”
Critics of these programs point out that the military should be focusing on training their officers to fight and defend the nation, rather than indoctrinating them with liberal ideologies.
Wormuth said that U.S. military forces are maintaining focus on “war-fighting” and “readiness,” and what she has seen at military installations around the country and overseas affirmed that notion.
However, military enlistments continue to dwindle. In response, the military has amended its body fat requirement to allow more potential service members to qualify.
“The Army will ignore a soldier’s weight, a sharp swerve from the decades of history where troops were evaluated based on the dreaded ‘tape test’ that tracked body dimensions,” wrote Steve Beynon on Military.com. “But there’s a catch — troops can skirt the standards only if they score highly on the fitness test.”
“Soldiers who score at least a 540 on the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, will be exempt from having their body fat measured,” Beynon continued. “That high score effectively guarantees a soldier is very physically fit, excelling in exercises including deadlifting a lot of weight and running a fast two miles, among others.”
Beynon noted that the highest score on the fitness test is 600.