The US Army, through its Army Recruitment Command, is now using a new set of criteria for identifying potential “extremists” among its wannabe recruits, which seem to be highly subjective and easy to politicize.
The Army’s new “anti-extremism” screening mechanism seemingly dwells on the personal views of those wishing to enlist, paving the way to reject those judged to profess a political ideology differing from that of the current US administration, warns a PJ Media report.
The information provided by the Army Recruitment Command in response to a clarification request demonstrates the new screening process, which is technically supposed to prevent enlisting followers of “extremist/groups”, does in reality define extremism by taking into account advocacy and personal beliefs.
Wokeism in US Army?
That is even more worrisome against the backdrop of recent developments clearly demonstrating that wokeism and “social justice” tenets have already started to poke their ugly heads in the military.
Ops Flash on June 22, 2021, instructed recruiters for the US Army that all applicants for commissioning must answer a question on any association with “extremist/hate” groups before testing, physical exam, and military entrance processing.
The new form actually updated the one featuring the question on gang participation question posed to wannabe Army service personnel since the 1990s.
The response to the PJ Media inquiry by the Army Recruiting Command appears to provide a wide-ranging definition of “extremism”.
It has thus been explained to include hatred on the basis of several characteristics such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, and gender identity; engaging in acts of discrimination on those counts; use of violence in order to deprive persons of their political, religious, or non-discrimination rights; support for criminal or terrorist groups or aims; seeking to overthrow the US government; engaging in subversion.
While this list of counts might seem fair at a first glance, the fact of the matter is that every single one of those criteria is open to wide-ranging interpretation and can make the decision on whether to let somebody join the US Army dependent on their personal political and ideological views.
Especially if those views don’t happen to coincide with the official leftist party line of the Biden administration.
A dangerous discrimination tool
That raises countless questions: for example, how would an applicant be treated or would an applicant be considered an “extremist” for ever having said that biological men can never become women?
Or if the potential recruit believes that transwomen shouldn’t have the right to compete in women’s sports?
What about not supporting the medical transition of underage children?
What happens to an applicant who is against illegal immigration – would that be considered participating in discrimination?
What about resenting Antifa riots or BLM marches?
Or if one believes there was fraud in the 2020 election?
What about a person who is critical of mask mandates, COVID-19 lockdowns or vaccines?
The application of “critical intersectional” criteria in the military makes it increasingly likely that, alongside potential actual “extremists”, the Army recruitment process will also screen out those who disagree with the leftist agenda, thus stomping on service members’ freedom of association and expression.