Military Survey Reveals Startling Truth About U.S. Readiness For War

By Maria Angelino | Wednesday, 14 February 2024 04:10 PM
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In the autumn of last year, a survey was conducted among 229 active-duty members of the U.S. military.

The survey aimed to gather anonymous opinions on a range of issues pertinent to the military, including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training, the pressure exerted by leadership to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and other matters.

The Gateway Pundit had a conversation with one of the survey's participants, who chose to remain anonymous due to fear of potential backlash. Officer Alvin Johnson (a pseudonym), a seasoned Army combat veteran with two decades of service and multiple global deployments, shared his thoughts on the nation's preparedness for war.

When questioned about the United States' ability to triumph in a war against a near-peer adversary such as China, Iran, North Korea, or Russia, Officer Johnson responded with a resounding "no". This sentiment was echoed by approximately 82 percent of the survey's participants, with 188 out of 229 expressing doubt in the U.S.'s ability to defeat such formidable opponents.

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Officer Johnson attributes this predicament to the now-revoked 2021 military vaccine mandate issued by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. This mandate led to the dismissal of over 8,400 service members, while tens of thousands chose to resign or retire.

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In October 2023, Navy Commander Rob Green cautioned about an impending "massive readiness crash" due to the military's enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine and the subsequent loss of personnel. Today, the author of "Defending the Constitution Behind Enemy Lines" and others continue to advocate for "sweeping reforms and accountability within the Armed Forces." In pursuit of accountability, 231 signatories of the Declaration of Military Accountability (DMA) are urging others to pledge their support.

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The absence of accountability has amplified Cmdr. Green's apprehension about an imminent readiness crash. Officer Johnson agreed, noting that "many of the people who were kicked out [of the military] or left on their own [as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine], they were the warfighters."

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According to Officer Johnson, "Many were the ones with actual, physical experience in combat." Their skills were honed on the battlefield, not "theorized" in a classroom. "Now we have this massive experience deficit that cannot be filled by book learning, lectures, and PowerPoint presentations."

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"Countries like Russia and China are training to fight," he stated. "And they're not mired by various sociocultural issues like transgenderism and other social experiments." Regrettably, he added, "I can't tell you the last time I had rifle training, but I can tell you the last time I had inclusivity training."

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Officer Johnson, who serves with a deployable combat unit, was asked to estimate the percentage of his unit that he personally deemed ready for deployment. Despite not wanting to be labeled a "sensationalist," he responded with a stark "zero percent" for the reasons previously mentioned. Collectively, the other survey participants deemed approximately 68 percent of their units to be deployable.

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"Warfighters have been bled from the military at a rate that's not been seen for decades," he expressed with regret. Meanwhile, the nation's primary land service branch has fallen short of its recruiting goals by 26,000 recruits over the past two years. Nearly 80 percent of the survey's participants stated that the quality of new recruits in the last two years has not met their unit's requirements.

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Officer Johnson expressed his belief that the Army currently lacks enough service members who are "trained and experienced enough" to handle a combat deployment. Over 72 percent of the survey's participants concurred, stating that their units are also inadequately trained for a combat deployment.

"We don't have warfighters training [recruits and others] any longer," Officer Johnson pointed out. "Many of the people running Advanced Individual Training (AIT) are not wearing combat patches. They have not been to combat." He questioned how someone without combat experience could effectively train others for combat.

In addition to training, approximately 74 percent of the 229 survey participants stated that their units are not sufficiently equipped to face a combat deployment.

Officer Johnson attributed the decline in equipment maintenance to the loss of experienced service members and low recruitment numbers. He cited examples of aircraft that are "restricted from certain flight profiles and certain types of operations because of a mechanical or maintenance deficiency."

According to Officer Johnson, "Some of the aircraft have been carrying these deficiencies for months and months on end." Given this, he stated that his unit would be unable to achieve the operational status required for warfare if called to combat.

The failure to be "fully mission capable" is due to either "a lack of oversight" or "a lack of training," he suggested. "While we don't have the necessary functioning equipment, we also don't have enough people that are trained to safely and effectively operate that equipment." He attributed these same factors to the increase in accidents and other incidents in military aviation.

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