In its effort to swirl to the bottom as fast as possible, the U.S. military released a new report on how best to respect everyone’s gender identities when addressing drill instructors.
The 739-page report, commissioned by the U.S. Marines and produced by the University of Pittsburgh, goes to great lengths to ensure the Marines do not engage in using the words “sir” or “madam” in order to avoid the traumatic possibility of misgendering one of them.
In all, twenty-some academics fulfilled a new congressional mandate to make the military even woker than it already was.
“Replace gendered identifiers (e.g., ‘sir,’ ‘ma’am’) in the primary salutation or response to drill instructors with gendered neutral language such as ‘drill instructor,’ ‘senior drill instructor,’ ‘senior,’ ‘DI,’ or ‘SDI,” the report says at one point.
“Employing gender-neutral identifiers eliminates the possibility of misgendering drill instructors, which can unintentionally offend or cause discord,” it then denotes. “By teaching recruits to use gender-neutral identifiers for their drill instructors, Services underscore the importance of respecting authoritative figures regardless of gender.”
The entire report seeks to replace traditional concepts of male and female titles, to be replaced by names and ranks. Good luck uttering “No, Regimental Sergeant Major Gutierrez-Gonzales!” when you’re in the middle of an exhausting bear crawl when just “No, sir!” would have sufficed.
The report went on:
“The Army, Navy, and Coast Guard effectively de-emphasize gender in an integrated environment. Instead of saying ‘ma’am’ or ‘sir,’ recruits in these Services refer to their drill instructors using their ranks or roles followed by their last names. Gendered identifiers prime recruits to think about or visually search for a drill instructor’s gender first, before their rank or role.”
Acknowledging the difficulty in transitioning to new ways of thinking and speaking, one colonel admitted nothing about the recommendations would be a “quick fix.”
“That’s going to take some effort,” Col. Howard Hall, chief of staff for Marine Corps Training and Education Command, told the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. “Honestly, that’s not a quick fix. What are inculcating in our young recruits that will or will not be reinforced when they graduate and enter the fleet Marine force? So again, we want to avoid any quick-fix solutions that introduce perturbations down the line.”
The Daily Wire noted that the study also delved into differences between male and female injuries during training exercises. Of course, it it does not say how it determined what a male and female injury might be, given it just spent 700 pages making sure such distinctions were erased. The Daily Wire wrote:
The study from the University of Pittsburgh also examined a 13-week boot camp training cycle of a gender-integrated company at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, and a male-only recruit company at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. The study found that roughly twice the number of women suffered injuries as men.
“As the Marine Corps considers options for optimizing gender integration, recruit performance and injury data from this study suggest an opportunity to revise the training structure to be more scientifically and physiologically sound to enhance performance, reduce injury, and improve retention during the training process,” the report stated.
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