Friday, February 25, 2011

US Combat Troops To Get Gay Sensitivity Training

An absolutely urgent and vital bit of information to help our combat warriors stay alive, I'm sure...or at least make sure they're politically correct.

The Pentagon has decreed that American combat troops will get gay sensitivity training directly on the battlefield, rather than waiting until they're deployed home to ease the integration of open homosexuals into the military, including battlefield fighting units at the front.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, the top ranked enlisted man in Afghanistan was quoted as saying that that the gay sensitivity training will include the forward operating bases in AfPak.

“I have heard about the training that will be forthcoming to the battlefield,” Sgt. Hill told Pentagon reporters via a teleconference from Kabul.

“We will take our directions from the Department of Defense, from the secretary of defense, the chairman, as well as the service chiefs of each service. Our plan is to take their direction, and we’re going to execute that training right here on the battlefield.”

“Our goal is to not allow a unit to return to home station and have the unit responsible for that,” he said. “While we own those soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, we’re going to execute that training on the ground. We hope that it will have little impact on their combat and security operations here.”

You hope? Wouldn't it have been better to proceed cautiously, perhaps using one unit as a control group to see whether it works out, or if further tweaking needs to be done?

That, after all, was what the American people were promised after President Obama repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell(DODT) in December of last year.

Apparently there's also no clear information on how the new policy is going to affect unit cohesion and issues like re-enlistment either. Here's Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill again, on the television show, “Washington Watch” back in December:

“If there are people who cannot deal with the change, then they’re going to have to do what’s best for their troops and best for the organization and best for the military service and exit the military service, so that we can move forward - if that’s the way that we have to go.”

If this is like most sensitivity training, it will amount to combat troops being taken away from fighting the war to receive puerile lectures, complete with slide shows and politically correct exercises by the usual sort of people who put on these kind of shows. Anyone who has ever had to attend a 'diversity' or 'unlearning racism' workshop' or sensitivity training as part of their employment knows exactly what I'm talking about.

Our military will likely muddle through, but the cost in morale,man hours and unit cohesion is something the Pentagon under Obama is apparently willing to gamble on.

Other country's militaries have integrated open homosexuals into the ranks before - but over time, and none of them was crazy enough to try it under combat conditions during a war.

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