[May 4, 2023] Last week, I received an email from MG John Rafferty, the U.S. Army Chief of Public Affairs, regarding his efforts to improve recruiting. Attached to the email were five attachments, one titled “Key Messages on Army Recruiting Challenge (abridged)” as of 14 February 2023. Essentially he said, We are not woke!
In the attachment, he lays out “How We Got Here,” meaning the low recruiting numbers the U.S. Army has seen for the past two years. The specific things he lists I’ve heard since I joined. He lists a strong U.S. job market, fierce competition from the private sector, military benefits are now more available in the private sector, and the fact that the pandemic has not helped. MG Rafferty sounds like woke college presidents who cannot figure out their declining enrollments.
MG Rafferty goes on to justify why the U.S. Army is failing to recruit to their goals and get quality Soldiers. At the end of the attachment is only one question. Here it is:
Q: Isn’t the Army struggling to recruit because it is too “woke,” too focused on climate change, and too focused on vaccines?
A: That is not what we see, and the data does not bear that out.
o Our research shows that the top barriers to service are concerns about death or injury, PTSD, emotional issues, and leaving friends and family – not political issues. Concerns about vaccines and “wokeness” are among the least likely (5% and 6%, respectively) to be raised as reasons not to join the military.
He is wrong.
When did we ever see the U.S. Army (and now the U.S. Navy) organizing Drag Queen Shows, encouraging transgender citizens to enlist, blaming all the world’s problems on whites who are racists, and such nonsense? Who would want to join? MG Rafferty has his head where it should not be.
The first thing you have to do as a woke advocate is lie. And MG Rafferty is a liar. What is sad is that he knows he is lying to us. Here is a message he might not know: Even 18-year-olds know he is lying, so they are not joining the U.S. Army.
Please read my books:
The U.S. Navy is QUEER …………
The US Army and US Navy are woke as hell. Avoid them at all costs. This is why the US military continues to fall in the eyes of all Americans.
The US Navy is using drag queens from their own ranks to attempt to recruit Gen Z. How ignorant can the Navy be? Well, pretty stupid.
… so sad …
Do NOT join the US Army and for sure do not join the queer US Navy.
Pen Q, you nearly made me puke up my morning coffee.
Queer US Navy
Biden’s generals all lie.
Gen. Satterfield, please keep these kind of articles coming our way. We need to know what is happening so we can shine some light on it. Wokesters like MG Rafferty will destroy us, unless we get our acts together and tell our representatives to do something about them.
Frankie Boy, yes, well said. We all want Gen. Satterfield out theree making sure that we are “over the target” when it comes to knowing what is going on in the world and having the right advice.
Much of the emphasis of wokeness today is on promoting the idea that America is fatally flawed by systemic racism and white privilege. Our fighting men and women are required to sit through indoctrination programs, often with roots in the Marxist tenets of critical race theory, either by Pentagon diktat or through carelessness by senior leaders who delegate their command responsibilities to private Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion instructors. Gen. Satterfield …. help us save the Army.
MG John Rafferty is the kind of liar that the US ARMY needs to boot out. Strip him of all his rank and medals, make him walk the walk of shame out of the Pentagon, and ensure his name is removed from all hallways that honor our heroes. He is a Chinese patriot and in cahoots with Lloyd Austin, Blinken, and the corrupt Biden family.
Psst, ow, what a take down. Patriot Wife, you go girl.
Most of the problem here is that we allow feminine Generals to get promoted who know nothing about America or our history and what they do know, are willing to lie about it. Generals like Rafferty are a stain on the honor of our fighting men and women. So Sad. So offensive. I’m taking names and will never let them have peace on social media. MG John Rafferty will always be known as a lying, woke, snowflake.
Weeze no woke folk here Weeze army soulders
How does anyone in the Congress let this MG Rafferty get away with these lies?
Business: Go Woke, Go Broke
US Army: Go Woke, Lose America
It is disgusting that an Army General would lie so blatantly. It truly saddens me.
Ouch. Thanks Army captain.
Woke ideology undermines military readiness in various ways. It undermines cohesiveness by emphasizing differences based on race, ethnicity, and sex. It undermines leadership authority by introducing questions about whether promotion is based on merit or quota requirements. It leads to military personnel serving in specialties and areas for which they are not qualified or ready. And it takes time and resources away from training activities and weapons development that contribute to readiness. Wokeness in the military also affects relations between the military and society at large. It acts as a disincentive for many young Americans in terms of enlistment. And it undermines wholehearted support for the military by a significant portion of the American public at a time when it is needed the most.
Well said, Pink Cloud. Let’s hope they dont mandate pink uniforms for Army Rangers.
This is all about getting promoted. If Generals have to lie to get promoted, they will lie to you and love doing it. Today’s Army has changed since I was in.
Yes, and I’m saddened by it too.
Good article, “The Rise of Wokeness in the Military”
Wokeness in the military is being imposed by elected and appointed leaders in the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon who have little understanding of the purpose, character, traditions, and requirements of the institution they are trying to change.
Great job Gen. Satterfield exposing the lies of the political generals.
Yes, and for exposing MG Rafferty for being a liar. I wonder if he gets a bonus for lying?
When did we ever see the U.S. Army (and now the U.S. Navy) organizing Drag Queen Shows, encouraging transgender citizens to enlist, blaming all the world’s problems on whites who are racists, and such nonsense? Who would want to join? MG Rafferty has his head where it should not be. – Gen. Satterfield. Reading this made me want to throw up. 😢
You got to be an idiot to think the US Army is not woke. Or a liar. MG Rafferty is smart. So he must be a liar.
We are all with you Americans to kick out the work, tv, political generals like MG John Rafferty. I thought that Generals weren’t suppose to lie. And now we have a bald-faced liar, MG Rafferty. Note to Americans; we have our own woke generals.
Good to hear this from Army Vet and any other US army soldier. Where are all the real soldiers? We need more Pattons, not rainbow generals like MG Rafferty. I agree with Gen. Satterfield. Do NOT join the US Army. If you do, they will try to get the “men” into dresses and lipstick. Don’t fall for their outright stupid, evil lies.
Damn good article and comments. Makes me proud to know there are real men out there and not diversity hires like Sec of Def Lloyd Austin.