Lawmakers, veterans say ‘woke diversity initiatives’ cost taxpayers, hurt military

(The Center Square) – A growing concern about progressive ideology on race and gender at all levels of the U.S. military has sparked outrage and became the center of a Congressional hearing.

Critics have launched a barrage of attacks on the progressive ideology they say is infiltrating the ranks, calling it a waste of taxpayer dollars and arguing it hurts morale, breeds division among troops, and hurts recruitment.

As The Center Square previously reported, DOD has funded drag shows, training for members on things like white privilege and pronoun usage, and more. The Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs hosted a hearing Thursday called, “The Risks of Progressive Ideologies in the U.S. Military,” where lawmakers and veterans pointed to examples like these of ideological influence in the military.

“Service members who wear the uniform of their country do not want to see these things
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