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U.S. Air Force More Concerned About Pride Month than Recruitment

While our country fumbles through escalating foreign policy disasters like Ukraine, the U.S. Air Force appears oddly fixated on a different agenda—championing LGBT pride. In a move that starkly highlights a disturbing misalignment of priorities, Marianne Malizia, the Air Force’s chief diversity officer, has issued a memo officially marking June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2024 for the military branch. It’s perplexing why there’s a need to declare June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month—this has been well-established for over two decades. Yet, here we are, with such an announcement diverting crucial focus from pressing national security concerns to celebratory causes. At a time when our nation faces significant global threats, it’s clear that our military’s attention should be laser-focused on matters far more critical than organizing month-long festivities.

Malizia’s message goes beyond mere celebration. It embeds the contentious principles of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI)—concepts dripping with neo-Marxist undertones. Malizia’s rhetoric of progress versus ongoing challenges conjures a divisive “oppressed versus oppressor” narrative, marking an ideological pivot that seems more at home in a political rally than in a military memo.

The focus on organizing pride-related activities across military bases, despite GOP lawmakers’ previous criticisms and the Pentagon’s assertions of non-support for such events, raises questions about the appropriateness and timing of these initiatives. Last year, Republican pushback led to the cancellation of an all-ages drag show at Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base, underscoring the tension between military traditions and modern social movements.

It’s Time the U.S. Military Focuses on Its True Purpose

Malizia’s latest guidance is particularly concerning given the backdrop of a severe recruiting crisis within the military. Both the Air Force and its Reserve components have failed to meet their recruitment targets, with shortfalls that echo across other branches like the Navy and the Army. Analysts like Thomas Spoehr of the Center for Strategic and International Studies have labeled this as the most significant recruiting challenge since the inception of the all-volunteer force in 1973.

Yet, despite these glaring issues, many continue to dismiss the notion that the military’s overt embrace of DEI—what many on the right view as a form of racialism and radical gender ideology—might be exacerbating the crisis. Instead, they conveniently attribute the recruitment woes to superficial factors like obesity rates and labor market fluctuations, ignoring the potential correlation between the military’s socio-political direction and its shrinking appeal to traditional segments of American youth.

This situation paints a disturbing picture: While foreign policy missteps edge us closer to international disaster, our military leadership is embroiled in social experimentation. The American military, once a formidable force focused on national security, is now being maneuvered into the role of a social change agent, prioritizing ideological agendas over operational readiness. This not only undermines the core mission of our defense forces but also signals a dangerous departure from the principles of military cohesion and effectiveness, potentially compromising our national security at a time when global threats are escalating.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.