Lib Policies Torpedo Navy Morale
By Tony Perkins
The Navy has plenty of destroyers — but low morale may be the biggest one of all. Stressed and stretched thin, most sailors say they’re fighting another kind of enemy: distrust and dissatisfaction. For most service members, the last six years have been an emotional roller coaster — not only because of the external conflicts, but because of the internal ones that threaten to tear apart an already fragile fighting force.
In a survey of 5,536 Navy personnel, only 27% say morale is “good” or “excellent,” a freefall from past responses, where strained troops still managed to keep their spirits up. Now, a half-decade deep into the President’s social experiment with the military, the scars are starting to show. Almost half of enlisted troops said they “distrust senior leaders” — an opinion shared by 40% of officers. And the wave of pessimism threatens to affect more than just the Navy.
From uncertainty over their retirement to the frustration with “excessive political correctness,” most of our brave men and women barely recognize the military they gave up their lives to serve. Instead, sailors say they harbor widespread doubts about the men commanding them, “complaining of poor leadership and a disciplinary environment that tolerates absolutely no mistakes.”
What they mean is no politically incorrect mistakes. What the Obama military does tolerate, unfortunately, is a brave new world of sexual liberalism and religious censorship — both of which are tearing at the fabric of America’s fighting force. Sexual assaults and suicides are through the roof since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010 — and suddenly, the biggest cheerleaders for repeal are nowhere to be found. The Pentagon downplayed the effects of open homosexuality when it was implemented in 2011 — something it will have a tough time doing now, with the rate of male-on-male assaults at a record high. While the media highlights the female victims, the Pentagon’s 1,400-page report explains that service men are just as affected — if not more so.
Now, four years later, the administration is scratching its head at the sky-high suicides and sexual attacks. Defense officials are racing to reassure people that they’re doing everything they can to get to the bottom of these issues — only to inject more policies that accelerate both. They put political correctness ahead of national security and then seem surprised when both the nation and the people that protect us are at risk.
According to the Washington Times, the survey “was released amid complaints by some aviators about excessive political correctness as the military seeks to stamp out sexual harassment and misconduct in an increasingly gender-integrated Navy.” Obviously, these are complex and emotional issues — from personal safety to private beliefs. If we want to solve these crises, a key component to addressing them is the same vibrant faith this administration is trying to stamp out. Is this really the time we want to tell service members they can’t rely on God?
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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