Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor and Republican presidential hopeful, expressed his concerns about what he sees as woke political ideologies infiltrating the US military in a Memorial Day interview.
Drawing from his own military experience, DeSantis highlighted the need to refocus on the core mission and the sense of purpose that attracts people to serve in the military.
He criticized the emphasis on gender pronouns and Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programs, suggesting that they have led to a decline in recruitment and low morale among service members.
DeSantis calls for change in military’s ideological shift
As a former Navy officer who served in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, DeSantis believes there is a need for significant changes to rejuvenate morale within the military.
In an interview, DeSantis said, “I see a lot of emphases now on political ideologies, things like gender pronouns.”
“I see a lot about things like DEI, which has caused recruiting to plummet. I think it’s driven off many warriors, and morale is low.”
DeSantis’s presidential pledge to make ‘big changes’ in the military
DeSantis promised to bring about “very big changes in the services” and redirect the focus to the military’s core mission if elected president.
He reminisced about the commitment and dedication he witnessed during his time in Iraq, where despite challenging circumstances, individuals were willing to join the Marines because they believed in the significance of their mission.
DeSantis aims to restore passion for the military
“I mean, I remember being in Iraq, and we were in Fallujah, and it was not going well — and yet, people were still willing to sign up knowing they’d get sent to Iraq because they believed that this was something special and I think we’ve lost that a little bit.”
DeSantis thinks this sense of purpose has been lost and aims to restore it.
DeSantis: from 9/11 Inspiration to memorial day reflection
DeSantis also reflected on the impact of the September 11 attacks, which inspired him to join the armed forces almost 20 years ago.
He acknowledged that although he did not have a personal connection to New York City, the event profoundly affected the country and motivated him to serve.
DeSantis attended a ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida, alongside hundreds of veterans to commemorate Memorial Day.
A mission to restore ‘purpose’ and ‘pride’ in the military
While DeSantis formally announced his presidential candidacy recently, he faces an uphill battle in the polls, currently trailing behind his former ally and Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump.
Despite the challenges, DeSantis remains committed to his campaign, positioning himself as a candidate who will address the concerns he perceives within the military and restore a sense of purpose and pride in serving.
DeSantis’s position on ‘woke ideologies’ closely scrutinized
DeSantis’s stance on woke ideologies and his plans for military reform will be closely scrutinized as the presidential race continues.
The conversation around the role of political ideologies in the military and the need for balance between diversity and mission focus is likely to persist.