Defiant Gen. Milley insists claims of wokeness in U.S. military 'grossly overexaggerated'

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley claimed accusations that the U.S. subject has go woke are "grossly overexaggerated" during a caller CNN interview.

The subject leader, who erstwhile famously claimed helium had been studying captious contention mentation and concepts of "white rage," stressed to the quality web that the U.S. equipped forces person continued to beryllium focused connected "readiness," particularly successful airy of Russia’s warfare successful Ukraine, and imaginable struggle with China. 

He insisted that the subject has not been preoccupied with instilling progressive values successful its personnel.


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US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (R) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley be a virtual gathering of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group connected March 15, 2023, astatine the Pentagon successful Washington, DC.  (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Milley provided his comments to CNN Pentagon Correspondent Oren Liebermann successful an interrogation aired Monday evening, during which helium mentioned the threats of Russia and China and downplayed the thought that the U.S. equipped forces person go woke nether his watch.

Milley, whose word arsenic the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of unit is ending soon, began by mentioning his content that Ukrainian forces "are precise good prepared" for a counteroffensive against Russia that is imminent. 

The wide noted that the state is dealing with an "existential" menace successful its warfare with Russia and touted the grooming and resources the U.S. and the remainder of the satellite person supplied to the eastbound European nation. 

He besides talked astir the increasing tensions betwixt the U.S. and China, claiming helium believes that though the U.S. is "arguably successful a confrontation" with China, it’s not inevitable that determination volition beryllium a struggle betwixt the 2 superpowers. 

"I personally don’t deliberation that warfare betwixt China and the United States is inevitable, I don’t deliberation it’s imminent, but it needs to enactment successful a presumption of competition," helium said, adding, "in bid to bash that, countries person to speech to each other."

In the end, helium stressed that the U.S. was prioritizing "readiness" against these threats and not prioritizing "woke" indoctrination of its soldiers arsenic galore critics person suggested. 


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U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (L) testifies earlier the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee connected Defense May 11, 2023 successful Washington, DC. Lloyd, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley (R) and Department of Defense Comptroller Michael McCord testified connected projected fund estimates and justification for fiscal twelvemonth 2024 for the Department of Defense during the hearing.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

He told Liebermann, "We’re astir warring and winning connected battlefields, and we’re each astir readiness. We’re each astir readiness present and readiness successful the future, modernization. I deliberation the accusations of woke are grossly overexaggerated."

Milley prompted concerns that the subject whitethorn beryllium promoting woke program to its unit backmost successful 2021, erstwhile helium claimed that helium himself was learning astir "White rage," successful bid to person "situational understanding" of factors that whitethorn person led to the January 6 Capitol riot.

However, astatine the time, helium slammed critics for pointing to his statements arsenic grounds of wokeness successful the military, saying, "I personally find it violative that we are accusing the United States military, our wide officers, our commissioned, non-commissioned officers of being, quote, ‘woke’ oregon thing else, due to the fact that we're studying immoderate theories that are retired there."

More recently, the U.S. Navy utilizing resistance queens arsenic authoritative recruiting tools prompted caller fears among conservatives that wokeness has propagated wrong the military. 


Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., spearheaded disapproval of the Navy’s resistance queen recruitment successful May, saying, "My interest is that our caller nationalist obsession with sexuality, contention and sex is focused connected aforesaid alternatively than connected purpose, quality oregon service. I spent 40 years recruiting young men to play football. What the Navy is doing isn't a bully recruiting strategy."

Gabriel Hays is an subordinate exertion for Fox News Digital. 

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