According to reports, the Navy is reportedly adding two additional weeks to boot camp starting this year, with the goal of this additional training to address and curtail “extremism in the ranks” as well as aspects related to hazing, suicide, and sexual assault.
Per a report from the Associated Press, the armed forces have in recent times been dealing with an uptick in “suicides as well as sexual assaults and other bad behavior.” In particular, that other “bad behavior” relates to perceived extremism in the ranks – ostensibly, anyone who was/is a fan of the former administration.
Rear-Admiral Jennifer Couture, who oversees the Naval Services Training Command, said that the additional two weeks being tacked on to the Navy’s Bootcamp will serve as a “reinforcing mechanism” to the existing eight weeks where aspects of character development are shaped within recruits.
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“We’re telling our recruits…here are all of the things that we expect you to do, and here’s how we expect you to behave and act.”
Rear Admiral Couture outlined that those expectations pertaining to recruit behavior ranges from treating others with respect to also holding their peers within the ranks accountable for any perceived misdeeds.
“We believe very strongly that those types of behaviors are directly impacting our fighting readiness and the performance of our sailors.”
Back on February 19th of 2021, slightly over a month following the incident at the Capitol, a 60-day stand-down was issued by Vice Admiral John B. Nowell, Jr. in an effort to address “extremism” in the Navy.
“The intent of this stand-down is to ensure service members and civilian personnel clearly understand the damaging effects of extremism and begin developing more effective, sustainable ways to eliminate the corrosive impacts extremist activity can have on our Force.”
By December of 2021, the Pentagon had also taken measures to redefine what extremism within the Armed Forces consists of, as we previously reported here at Red Voice Media.
Those redefined extremist activities, per the Pentagon, included the wearing of shirts off-base that promoted “groups or organizations that support extremist activities” as well as simply liking posts on social media that could “promote or otherwise endorse extremist activities.”
This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on January 8, 2022. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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