House Armed Services Committee members Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) are seeking answers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point after learning cadets were forced to participate in sensitivity training on “understanding and respecting” others’ preferred pronouns.
According to the “facilitator guide” obtained by The Epoch Times, the required training involved a role-play exercise during which one character was instructed to “educate” the others about “respecting pronouns.” The stated purpose of the exercise was “for cadets to gain competence in their bystander intervention skills.”
Questioning the exercise in a March 21 letter to West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Steve Gilland, Waltz and Banks noted that the exercise was included as part of the academy’s sexual assault prevention programming.
“It is unclear to us as veterans how an exercise regarding preferred pronouns pertains to sexual assault prevention in the military or service academies,” the congressmen wrote.
Further stressing that the “politicized” training could distract from the academy’s primary mission and erode trust in the U.S. military, the lawmakers said they felt the exercise was “problematic, dismissive of mainstream viewpoints, and unnecessarily creates conflict between cadets with opposing cultural views, all of which negatively affects unit cohesion.
“Moreover, this exercise represents yet another instance of West Point leadership implementing policies and directives that encourage cadets to focus on their differences rather than subordinate them to collectively accomplish the overall mission and purpose. The first is the antithesis of a team, the latter is the essence of a team.”
Marching to the Left
West Point, in a March 7 statement, touted the bystander intervention training as part of an initiative to address “harmful behaviors” and decrease “unwanted sexual contact in any form.”
“West Point is fully committed to implementing programs focused on preventing harmful behaviors and building confidence in all personnel to intervene and stop negative behavior. Safe, positive environments promote healthy, cohesive, and disciplined teams that our nation expects from us,” Gilland said. “We take any allegation seriously and investigate appropriately using our dedicated resources.”
According to the congressmen, however, some West Point cadets expressed discomfort with the “politicized nature” of the sessions and other activities that have taken place at the school, which has faced increasing scrutiny over its incorporation of critical race theory and gender ideologies in its teachings and practices.
In a March 22 statement, Waltz, who chairs the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, noted: “Over the last two years, we’ve seen a disturbing trend taking place at our military academies that puts politics over service. We have an obligation to ensure military academies such as West Point are prioritizing the education and training of future military officers rather than implementing the political priorities of the Biden administration.
“Every minute our soldiers spend in sensitivity training is a minute they could be at the rifle range,” he added. “Chinese and Russian soldiers certainly won’t be focused on what pronoun a U.S. soldier uses.”
Meanwhile, Banks, who chairs the Military Personnel Subcommittee, said the training demonstrated the increasing influence of the political left on the U.S. military.
“Cadets were forced to participate in preferred pronoun play-acting during training time allotted to prevent sexual assault in the military,” he noted.
“This exemplifies how divisive and radical left-wing ideologies are creeping into our service academies and edging out consensus and reasonable goals. Chairman Waltz and I will continue to hold accountable partisan officials who are poisoning our military with wokeness.”
In their Tuesday letter, the lawmakers asked Gilland to confirm the authenticity of the training guide they’d received and explain how and why it was developed.
The Epoch Times has reached out to West Point for further comment.
These pointy pin headed Woke West point professors would Turn a great military institution like West point from being the point of the spear in battle into the point of a penile probe in submission, that creates more battles, that inserts itself into personal relationships they have no business injecting themselves into, which will just stir the pot and only succeed in turning the student cadets from Powerful Preppies of potential into political pusillanimous probies, turn potential nation enemy slayers into the enemy of the nation themselves, where the sensitivity of the point of their peckers is more important to the nation than the ability to sense real danger, point it out and dispatch it celeritously, where West Point becomes a just pointless political place east of Eden, where American conscience and integrity get “Cain’d” to the point of no longer being American “Abel”, and innocence again is what gets slain in the most unmilitary fashion. Death to our national enemies should be the only thing taught in this institution that is up close, personal and pronounced and pro-nouned. Anything else is just mental mischief to the West Point, point of treasonous treachery.
Like almost all of these academies, WOKNESS HAS ruined them, to where i would NEVER EVER THINK to send any kid i had, to any of them.
Training to send a bunch of sissies into battle.
YOU assume that they’d even SEND them to battle, rather than to merely protest ‘peacefully’, or throw hissy fits..
And while the military is worried about the proper way to address some one, Chinese spy balloons fly with impunity over our territory, our Southern border is an open sesame for any illegal alien who wants to cross it, and our Armed Forces are to the point now where it’s very questionable if they could whip anybody in a real shooting War. So if you voted for a Democrat under any circumstances for any reason, look in the mirror and blame your own stupid self.
They wouldn’t even be able to whip a kindergarten class in a snowball fight these days.. TOO concerned with offending folks, vice FIGHTING BATTLES..
Imagine the following scenario: A company of soldiers, led by a captain, is trapped in a battle and calls for support. A mortar company’s lieutenant says “That captain is a White Male, **** him let him help himself.” An attack helicopter squadron major says “that captain refers to me as Major, not Lollipop, which is offensive to me. Let him die.” I wonder if the lieutenant and major will have time to learn Chinese in their death camp as they mourn the dead captain and the soldiers he led?
And would they comm our enemies, to find their preferred pronouns, before going to battle??
This CRAZY B S needs to end and very soon!
No they/them is an island. A military with they/them personnel cannot be us or we/us.
The enemy is advancing rapidly; we have to do somethimg. Not to worry, we will stop them rather quickly with this: Hey there before you can advance you need to identify your gender, are you up to date on yourpronouns knowing if you use the wrong one we will protest im the outmost way to force you to stop right there. Invasion stopped
Love your sarcasm!
Unfortunately the way things are going, that might wind up being HOW our ‘military’ reacts in a battle…