The Department of Defense (DOD) could drop nearly $270 million in taxpayer funds to further the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEI) agenda from fiscal years 2022 to 2024.
But the figure surged another $28.2 million to $114.7 million in the department’s initial request for fiscal year 2024.
If the DOD’s initial request for DEIA funding is included in the final legislation, the department will have spent $269.2 million on diversity initiatives across fiscal years 2022, 2023, and 2024, an average of $89.7 million per year.
Biden’s Pentagon has repeatedly pushed for further adoptions of the DEI agenda in its operations.
The department’s Strategic Management Plan for fiscal years 2022 to 2026 listed one of its goals as “inculcate DEIA principles across all DOD efforts.”
The $68 million dedicated to DEIA programs in fiscal year 2022 was earmarked for the Department of the Air Force, with the intention of increasing “training programs and diversity and inclusion initiatives,” with a portion of the funds going to “unconscious bias diversity training” as well as “increasing aviation scholarships for underrepresented universities Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets.”
Meanwhile, the $86.5 million sum in 2023 went towards “dedicated diversity and inclusion activities,” going on to say that the DOD is “investing in a number of programs and initiatives aimed at furthering DEIA, and incorporating DEIA values, objectives, and considerations in how we do business and execute our missions.” . . . . (read more on The Daily Wire)
Remarks on this by STARRS Board of Advisor Kendall Qualls (former Captain in the US Army)
“The Pentagon is slated to spend nearly $270M on DEI. Based on our readiness scores, there is a greater sense of urgency needed for that $270M and it should be reallocated towards combat readiness instead of DEI indoctrination.
My father-in-law began his career in the segregated U.S. Army in 1947 and rose to the highest enlisted rank as Command Sergeant Major (E9) during his 30-years of service (Korean and Vietnam War Veteran). In addition, my father served for 25 years in the U.S. Army (two tours in Vietnam) and retired a Master Sergeant (E8) in the U.S. Army.
When I decided to leave the Army as a young Captain in 1990, they both encouraged me to stay in the Army. Having lived through the Jim Crow era in the south, they believed that the military was the only place where I would be treated fairly and advance on merit.
However, I wanted to give the post-Civil Rights America a chance as the first in my family to graduate college and work in Corporate America.
For several decades, the U.S. Armed Forces was a model of diversity done right.
However, with the introduction of DEI over the past few years, our nation’s armed forces and military academies are being deliberately undermined with a cancerous political ideology.
DEI is not civil rights 2.0.
It is Marxist ideology cloaked in a cheap disguise, and it is eroding our military from the inside – out.”
Kendall Qualls served as a US Army officer in Field Artillery. He earned three graduate degrees including an MBA from the University of Michigan. He worked his way up the ranks at several Fortune 100 healthcare companies before he became Global Vice President of an $850M business unit. Mr. Qualls champions the principles of meritocracy and supports the notion that free enterprise, and the private sector are the fastest and most equitable way to lift people from poverty to prosperity. He is the President of the nonprofit organization TakeCharge which strives to unite Americans regardless of background toward a shared history and common set of beliefs.