More Woke Idiocy in the Military: West Point Removes ‘Duty, Honor, Country’ Motto

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In a move sure to worry many that the venerable two-century-old West Point is going woke, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Steve Gilland announced Monday a change in the institution’s mission statement.

The phrase “duty, honor, country” is out — exchanged for the more amorphous “Army values.”

The United States Military Academy’s previous mission statement was: “To educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.”

The new mission statement, according to a news release from the academy, is: “To build, educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets to be commissioned leaders of character committed to the Army Values and ready for a lifetime of professional excellence and service to the Army and Nation.”

In a message to “West Point Teammates,” Gilland addressed the reason for the change.

“Duty, Honor, Country is foundational to the United States Military Academy’s culture and will always remain our motto,” he wrote. “It defines who we are as an institution and as graduates of West Point.”

“These three hallowed words are the hallmark of the cadet experience and bind the Long Gray Line together across our great history.”

……As a new cadet during basic training at the academy, you had to memorize a portion of the speech, which goes, “Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.”

Later in the speech the general said: “Duty, Honor, Country. The code which those words perpetuate embraces the highest moral laws and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promulgated for the uplift of mankind. Its requirements are for the things that are right, and its restraints are from the things that are wrong.

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If you’re a veteran like me, you will find it increasingly more difficult to watch the news. Lately, as current events pertain to the military, however, it’s becoming almost unbearable to witness the crumbling of the beloved nation we once donned the uniform to preserve and protect.

If you follow The Daily Wire, you know I recently wrote an article addressing my concerns that a sense of “wokeness” is seeping into America’s armed forces. It is a seemingly conscious effort to chip away at American nationalism. This relentless shift to the Left is distracting our military from focusing on its true mission, which is to protect our homeland through lethal projection of power and the willingness to use this power if necessary.

With this said, imagine my dismay, along with many other veterans, when I read that the United States Military Academy at West Point is dropping the patriotic edict “Duty, Honor, Country” from its mission statement in favor of the more politically correct “Preserving Army Values.” At first, I thought it was “fake news” as I simply refused to believe that such an about face on American patriotism was taking place at one of the nation’s oldest and most revered military academies. To my dismay, as The Daily Wire has since confirmed, the initial report I read was, in fact, correct.

I am not the only veteran in my family. My father served in the Korean War, First Marines, wounded in combat, whose hero was General Douglas MacArthur. Although not popular among the rank and file, my father always admired that MacArthur, an Army chauvinist to the core, nevertheless chose his First Marine Division as the spearpoint for his brilliant Inchon landing behind communist lines in 1950 that saved South Korea from tyranny. And so, many of MacArthur’s dicta rang true with him.

One of the General’s mantras was the hallowed West Point rallying cry of “Duty, Honor, Country.” Indeed, though my father was a hard man who’d seen war up close, who suffered personal loss during his life, the only time I ever saw him weep was when we watched the movie “MacArthur” and actor Gregory Peck recites to a group of actually assembled West Point cadets, the eponymous character’s final speech to his beloved academy in 1962, two years before his death. Audio recordings of the General’s actual speech can also be found on YouTube. It wasn’t the acting so much as the words, spoken verbatim, that so deeply affected my combat veteran father.

In his moving elocution, the old warrior again and again reverts to the three sublime words as the bedrock standards upon which they should base their future conduct as America’s first line of defense: “Duty, Honor, Country.”

……To a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, this sacred credo is the summation of who, why, and what we serve. They are calls to commitment, morality, and belief in the national interest above the self. Indeed, no better words can sum up the ethos of the American fighting man and woman.

And now these words which stood as a beacon in an institution that for over two centuries has produced some of the world’s most gifted captains have been scrubbed from the walls of the academy like so much politically incorrect graffiti.

West Point has become another casualty in the infection of woke ideology in the armed forces.

It’s not just the anti-white racist CRT in the curriculum, they’re also being forced to endure “Queer Theory”. One of the instructors forced cadets to call cops “murderers”.

While the ChiComs and Russia present real threats to the West, the U.S. military is busy getting “woke” and saturating education with  leftwing political doctrine.

Forget warfighting skills, warrior ethos has been replaced by psychobabble and corrupt social engineering.  It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. Soldiers are supposed to understand enemy tactics and study great military strategists ( i.e. von Clausewitz, Patton, Sun Tzu), not worry about driving a wedge between themselves and their fellow troops with divisive racist and ‘gender identity’ policies.

Destruction of the military is being carried out by disloyal malfeasants who are politicians in uniform. The Pentagon brass enforces the grotesque authoritarian policies of the leftwing mob in D.C., dividing troops into racial categories, pushing manufactured offenses and persecuting anyone who won’t goosestep to the bigotry.

While the Biden regime has the Pentagon pushing the “woke” shit rather than focusing on combat readiness, our enemies are laughing their asses off.

As it stands right now, I would strongly discourage anyone from joining the armed forces of this country under the current malevolent regime.

God help us if we get into another full scale war.


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