The campaign on the left to emasculate American men under the guise of political correctness isn’t going over too well for some old salts in the Navy.
After 28 years in the Navy, Command Master Chief Jonas Carter “decided to retire” after his direction to sailors ahead of a visit by Vice President Mike Pence to “clap like we’re at a strip club” — to the dismay of some veterans.
To all of the men & women who serve on the USS Truman – let me deliver this simple message: Thank you for your service. pic.twitter.com/KXFug61wf9
— Vice President Mike Pence Archived (@VP45) April 30, 2019
Pence went aboard the USS Harry S. Truman back on April 30 and as the ship’s most senior enlisted sailor, Carter was trying to ensure a rousing welcome.
It went over like a lead balloon in the world we live in today, with CNN among those reporting on the incident.
“We can confirm that this statement was made by USS Harry S. Truman’s Command Master Chief to Truman’s Sailors, prior to the arrival of the Vice President,” Lt. Cmdr. Laura Stegherr said in a statement to CNN.
“This statement was inappropriate,” she added, “And this issue is being addressed by Truman’s leadership.”
A statement from Carter on his decision to retire was shared on the ship’s Facebook page — this isn’t your grandfather’s Navy.
He took “full responsibility” for his “mistake.”
“I want one last chance to tell the extraordinary men and women of TRUMAN how blessed and thankful I am to have served as your Command Master Chief,” Carter said. “When you find yourself making a mistake, own it, accept responsibility and learn from it. Today, I want each of you to know that I have taken full responsibility of my mistake last week and together with my family, I have decided to retire.
“I thank you for being my ‘family’ where my family could not be … I thank you for looking each challenge in the eye and conquering it … I thank you for making my tour as your Command Master Chief the very best tour in my 28-year career!”
Capt. Nick Dienna, Commanding Officer of the USS Harry S. Truman, commended Carter for the decision.
“Onboard USS Harry S. Truman, we measure ourselves by the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity,” he said in the Facebook post. “I commend Master Chief Carter for having the forthrightness and the courage to uphold this ethos by taking responsibility and holding himself accountable for his comments. I sincerely thank him for his years of devoted service to our Navy and to the men and women of Truman, and I wish him the best.”
A Navy veteran told the Washington Examiner that ending a career over the off-color comment was a little too much.
“That’s just overly sensitive,” the veteran said. “But I guess we don’t need grandmas to know sailors go to strip clubs.”
Odds are very good that grandma already has a clue that they do — and yes, it applies to male and female sailors.
The paper cited a number of remarks on Reddit’s Navy message board, where people were not pleased with the outcome.
Some of those shared included:
“Perfect way to raise the plummeting morale, low retention, and meet the need for manpower.”.
“Force a career guy into retirement over a joke. I guarantee the message to the lower enlisted guys that the navy is so desperately trying to keep is heard loud and clear. ‘You, Sailor, mean nothing to us.”
“When it’s decided that corporate culture is more important than 500 years of traditional sailor behavior.”
But the most appropriate in post-Obama America may have been this: “I hate this PC Navy.”
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