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Elite levels of the U.S. military have now apparently given in to “wokeness” as the Navy SEALs made a move to be more gender-neutral.
The U.S. Navy SEALs and the Navy Special Warfare Combat-craft Crewman (SWCC) have reportedly made a significant change to their ethos and creed statements, removing what could be seen as terms promoting toxic masculinity such as “brotherhood.”
Changes in law that will allow women to join the elite military units prompted the language change, despite the fact that no women have ever met the qualifications.
“Naval Special Warfare continues to deliberately develop a culture of tactical and ethical excellence that reflects the nation we represent, and that draws upon the talents of the all-volunteer force who meet the standards of qualification as a SEAL or SWCC,” Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Stroup, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare told American Military News.
“The previous versions of the SEAL Ethos and SWCC Creed were written prior to the law allowing women to serve as operators in Naval Special Warfare,” he continued.
“The changes do not in any way reflect lowering standards of entry, rather they ensure that all those who meet the requirements to train to become a SEAL or SWCC are represented in the ethos or creed they live out. This improves the posture of the NSW force by ensuring we draw from the greatest pool of talent available,” Stroup added.
“To date, no women completed the SEAL or SWCC qualification training pipelines,” he noted.
In a social media post last week, retired SEAL Eddie Gallagher noted the change with a screenshot of an image that was apparently an August memo from the commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Adm. Collin P. Green.
Green, who apparently approved the changes, said they were implemented “to better reflect our ranks now and into the future.”
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What a joke. Note the names that signed off at the bottom. Adm. Colin Green (part of the hierarchy that tried to use the system to put me away)~ let’s remove all male pronouns & BROTHERHOOD from the SEAL ethos 🔱 • • To be honest I thought the ethos was always BS. Now I know it is. A creed or ethos is supposed to be written in stone, obviously ours is not and will sway to whatever political agenda is being put out 🇺🇸 #forgmanfriday
“What a joke,” Gallagher, who was accused of murdering an ISIS fighter in Syria but was cleared of all charges last year and pardoned by President Trump, wrote in the post on Instagram. “Note the names that signed off at the bottom. Adm. Colin Green (part of the hierarchy that tried to use the system to put me away)~ let’s remove all male pronouns & BROTHERHOOD from the SEAL ethos.”
“To be honest I thought the ethos was always BS,” Gallagher, who retired from the Navy, added. “Now I know it is. A creed or ethos is supposed to be written in stone, obviously ours is not and will sway to whatever political agenda is being put out.”
“A common man with uncommon desire to succeed,” read the original version of a sentence found in the first paragraph of the ethos. It has been changed to now read: “Common citizens with uncommon desire to succeed” instead.
The phrase “I am that man” in the first paragraph was altered to “I am that warrior” and another change was made in the fourth paragraph.
“The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men” has been changed in the new version of the SEAL ethos to “The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from others.”
“Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold,” the original wording in a final paragraph of the ethos read. In the new version, the term “Brave men” has been changed to “Brave SEALs.”
Also removed is the term “Brotherhood” which has been replaced in the first paragraph to “group of maritime warriors.”
The sentence “I challenge my brothers to perform, as I expect them to challenge me” changed to “I challenge them to perform, as I expect them to challenge me.”
Social media users panned the move to become more gender-neutral, slamming the changes made despite their being no women in the ranks.
“Only in the movies,” Dana Loesch responded to one Twitter user who pointed out the 1997 movie, “G.I. Jane” in which actress Demi Moore played a candidate in a new Navy SEALs program allowing women.
Only in the movies
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 29, 2020
Oh come on! Give me a break!
— Brenda Walch Gauvin (@GauvinWalch) September 29, 2020
Big NO to this.
— Candice Robertson (@Robinsun6) September 29, 2020
This just in… they are now also no longer “seals”, as to not offend any other mammals, so they will just now be
— Ed Thinger (@coach71ed) September 29, 2020
That is so unnecessary
— Kathy Kerr (@kimbar12) September 29, 2020
As a woman, I have never been offended at wording such as “brotherhood” or “mankind.” Exactly how many women have been able to qualify to be Navy Seals? It’s probably close to impossible due to body, strength and power differentials. I wish the seals would not have given in.
— Audrey Jeanne’s (@AudreyJeanne) September 29, 2020
— Uncle Crumpty (@UncleCrumpty) September 29, 2020
No. Just no. Is nothing sacred?!
— Kelli Taylor (@kelli_s_taylor) September 29, 2020