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    Republicans Double Down on ‘Woke’ Criticism After Army Says Safety Top Recruiting Challenge

    Republicans Double Down on ‘Woke' Criticism After Army Says Safety Top Recruiting Challenge

    A pair of Republican lawmakers is demanding the release, in full, survey findings on why young people don't want to enlist after service officials said the data showed safety concerns were the top issue — not “wokeness,” as conservatives have been insisting.

    In a letter Thursday to Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, Reps. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., and Jim Banks, R-Ind., accused the service of “cherry-picking data to fit a narrative” and called on it to release its full findings “in the interest of transparency.” The Army summarized the findings to The Associated Press, but has not released the full results.

    “Wokeness at the has harmed recruitment, retention and morale, wasted service members' time and taxpayer's dollars, and undermined the apolitical character of the , which is a major threat to democracy and the American way of life,” Banks said in a statement accompanying the release of the letter.

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    Waltz, a retired Army Green Beret, leads the House Armed Services Committee's readiness subpanel. Banks leads the committee's personnel subpanel and is running for the Senate in 2024.

    While every branch of the military struggled to meet its recruiting goals last year, the Army fared the worst, falling 15,000 recruits short of its 60,000 goal.

    Despite missing its goal last year, the Army set an even more ambitious goal this year of…

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