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    Navy Swats ‘Wokeness’ Claims in Bid to Reach Older Americans Who Could Influence Recruiting

    Navy Swats ‘Wokeness’ Claims in Bid to Reach Older Americans Who Could Influence Recruiting

    As Navy leaders left another conference behind, one thing that emerged from the Surface Navy Association panels and discussions this week was an emphasis on the strength and capability of sailors — a shift that seems part of an effort to boost recruiting and push back against a growing political narrative.

    The service and other branches have become “woke.” Or at least that is an increasingly common message from politicians and pundits on the right who claim the military has weakened itself by adopting policies that support or encourage diversity and inclusion. Now that a Republican-controlled House has been seated, lawmakers are likely to intensify the grilling of military leaders over these policies.

    The Navy's top officer, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday, told an auditorium full of people at the annual conference in Arlington, Virginia, that his sailors are the opposite of weak, that they are “doing some pretty amazing things.”

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    “We are strong, we are ready, we are capable, and we're ready to fight tonight,” Gilday boasted, adding that the “narrative about weakness is not true.”

    Meanwhile, Gilday's boss, Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, went even further.

    “I do not tolerate any political figure … politician, state, government, local, federal, to talk bad about the men and women who serve in…

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