US Navy Changes- More “Woke” Than Powerful

By Faye Higbee

The US Navy changes appear to be more “woke” than powerful in some areas. If my relatives who served in the Navy were alive today, they’d be throwing a few fits over the new sailor’s pledge and some of the ideas thrown around by the Task Force One Navy (TF1N). Would any of these ideas bring about a more powerful US Navy, or will they destroy the ethos of the most powerful Navy on earth?

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USS Theodor Roosevelt

TF1N was created in June of 2020 to address the problems of sexual assault, racial and gender discrimination, hate speech issues, and “health disparities.” Whether or not these US Navy changes will translate to the rank and file to keep our Navy in tip top shape is a question.

Will the US Navy Changes translate to readiness?

Here’s an example of the TF1N Sailor’s Pledge:

As a key member of Task Force One Navy I will invest the time, attention and empathy required to analyze and evaluate Navywide issues related to racism, sexism, ableism and other structural and interpersonal biases.

I pledge to be actively inclusive in the public and private spheres where I live and work, and proactively encourage others to do the same.

I pledge to advocate for and acknowledge all lived experiences and intersectional identities of every Sailor in the Navy.

I pledge to engage in ongoing self-reflection, education and knowledge sharing to better myself and my communities.

I pledge to be an example in establishing healthy, inclusive and team-oriented environments.

I pledge to constructively share all experiences and information gained from activities above to inform the development of Navywide reforms.

Sailor’s pledge from TF1N

There have been problems within our Armed Forces for some time, evidenced by some of the scandals over the last couple of decades. Commanders doing their level best to climb the ladder of rank and punish those they don’t like, service members committing crimes both of ethics and actual legal issues, etc. The command structure of our military seriously changed during the Obama administration and has yet to recover. Now we’re set for another round of “intersectional, introspective, reforms.” But would navel-watching (note the spelling) actually assist the services in terms of readiness?

Biden stated in his campaign that he was moving to de-emphasize the narrative that the Armed Forces were America’s power to a diplomatic platform.

Our Armed Forces need to be lethal and tough. As technology changes and threats like China, Russia, and North Korea grow, our troops must be ready and mentally fit. It’s one thing to be accepting of fellow service members no matter what color, gender, or creed, it’s quite another to be focused fixing society’s ills.


Featured photo: Sailors departing from the US Carl Vinson at San Diego in 2017. US Navy Photo via USNI.

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