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Policies for ‘nonbinary service members,’ critical race theory essential for national security, senior Pentagon official claims

The Pentagon’s second-highest ranking official outlined efforts toward policies focused on “non-binary service members” and mandatory training in critical race theory, arguing these points are key to national security.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks discussed the need for cultural change in the military at multiple Pride events, including the one on June 5.

At a Pride event hosted by the Pentagon for the LGBTQI+ Service Members Association in June, Hicks spoke about the Pentagon’s LGBTQ priorities for military “readiness,” a term that refers to the ability to deter potential adversaries, protect national interests and ensure troops are able to accomplish their missions.

“We have heard concerns about policies that focus on the needs of non-binary service members. Please know that, just as we have for the past three and a half years, we remain committed to continuing to move forward with a focus on readiness and the well-being of the people on whom readiness is based,” she said.

The Pentagon told Fox News Digital that the department does not have a policy for “non-binary” service members.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks discussed the need for cultural change in the military at multiple Pride events. Reuters

“Deputy Secretary Hicks spoke about the need for citizens to become civil servants in order to maintain an all-volunteer military and the need to ensure health, safety and confidence within the military to ensure the highest standards,” a spokesperson for Hicks told Fox News Digital. “This includes listening to service members on a range of policies, not just the ones she highlighted. She did not discuss or imply the importance of any particular policy in the context of national security.”

Hicks explained how the Biden administration is addressing a “declining trust” in government agencies and suggested addressing recruiting challenges by further strengthening DEI.

“This should be a wake-up call for all freedom-loving Americans,” said Nicole Kiprilov of the Center for Military Excellence, who called Hicks’ comments “simply self-loathing and anti-Americanism disguised as ‘loyalty to freedom.'”

“We have heard concerns about policies that focus on the needs of non-binary service members. Please know that, just as we have for the past three and a half years, we remain committed to continuing to move forward with a focus on readiness and the well-being of the people upon whom readiness is based,” Hicks said. AP

“It’s no wonder our military is under-recruiting by 25 percent,” she said.

A second video seen by Fox News showed Hicks saying in 2022 that military-wide training on “unconscious bias,” a key term in critical race theory (CRT), was essential to “combat success.”

CRT believes that implicit bias is one of the mechanisms that actively fuels systemic racism in America.

“Recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse, talented, highly skilled military and civilian workforce is essential to our warfighting success,” she said in official remarks at a June 2022 Department of Defense Pride event.

One policy related to this mission was “developing diversity and inclusion training requirements and course curriculum, including training to detect and respond to unconscious bias.”

She added that the topic is a top priority for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

“We should all be proud of these real, tangible steps forward, but we also know there is much more to be done – and make no mistake, getting it done will be a top priority for the Secretary. [Lloyd] “Austin,” she said.

She further argued that an environment that supports “conversations” about DEI is key to national defense.

“Secretary Austin and I are committed to holding leaders at all levels accountable for fostering an inclusive environment that supports dialogue that includes the LGBTQ+ community. This is a core issue of preparedness,” she said.

Hicks added that the topic is a top priority for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Getty Images

“We will continue to advance policies and programs to develop and nurture a pipeline of diverse, talented leaders. We know organizational culture impacts warfighter readiness, which is why I am leading efforts to improve leader skill development and foster a more effective, inclusive team environment. We know we need to be agile yet cautious in our approach — thoughtful and thorough in considering how our actions today contribute to a better tomorrow.”

DEI advocates like Hicks argue it will strengthen the military, but critics on the right in Congress have criticized the Biden administration for zealously pursuing the policy at the expense of more pressing national security concerns.

“We have to return this country, and certainly the military, to a true meritocracy,” Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Missouri, told Fox News on Thursday. “Our military has been the ultimate meritocracy, where people from any background could achieve great things, become heroes and be celebrated by their country. But we’ve seen this woke effort to promote DEI in the military, and it’s counter to our American values.”

The Pentagon told Fox News Digital that the department does not have a policy for “non-binary” service members. AP

In another example, the Department of Defense He drew criticism from Republicans. In February 2023, “Diversity is a strategic imperative critical to mission readiness and accomplishment.”

“Embracing woke culture’s rhetoric only makes our military seem less serious about our adversaries, especially China,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Regarding the statement.

“The Biden administration [DEI] “This effort has no greater mission than protecting the American people,” added Republican Rep. Bob Good of Virginia.

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