On Monday, a new Gallup poll revealed that Americans’ confidence in the military has reached its lowest point since 1997.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the Gallup report shows that just 60 percent of Americans retain confidence in the military. The decline was more pronounced along political lines, with Republican confidence dropping by 20 percent over the last three years, while independents’ confidence fell by 13 points in the same time period; Democrats’ confidence fell by only 6 percent since 2020.
The survey comes as the Biden Administration increasingly forces more far-left “diversity” initiatives on the military, ranging from “woke” race-based preferences in promotions, to pro-LGBTQ propaganda and increasing the numbers of “trans” people in the military.
In recent testimony before Congress, several veterans warned that this push for more diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) measures would result in a “once-in-a-generation military recruitment crisis,” as recruitment numbers across multiple branches have already plunged below their required minimum amounts.
“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training” has resulted in the Army falling “a historic 15,000 soldiers short of its recruitment goal,” said retired Army captain Jeremy Hunt. Hunt also compared the ridiculous nature of such diversity training with the much more serious practices being employed by rival militaries; while the United States focuses on “11-week resident DEI training classes,” China is increasing its military and Russia is still waging war against Ukraine.
DEI and other diversity initiatives have “left our military unfocused, untrained, unmanned, and unprepared for combat,” Hunt added.