Fox News, by Jeffrey Clark: The U.S. Navy has revealed that it approached a “drag queen influencer” to help persuade new recruits to join the military.
Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley, who goes by the stage name “Harpy Daniels,” announced back in November 2022 that he was the Navy’s “Digital Ambassador.” Kelley has over 1,300,000 likes on TikTok.
While Kelley’s Instagram bio shows that the performer’s opinions “are not endorsed by DoD or DoN,” the drag queen claims to have danced in drag for service officers on a number of different occasions, sharing one video from 2018.
The Digital Ambassador initiative that Kelley participated in ran from October 2022 to March 2023 and was “designed to explore the digital environment to reach a wide range of potential candidates,” a Navy spokesperson told Fox News Digital. The reason, the spokesperson added, was that the Navy is navigating “the most challenging recruiting environment it has faced since the start of the all-volunteer force.”
The spokesperson continued: “The Navy did not compensate YN2 Kelley or any others for being Navy Digital Ambassadors. The pilot has concluded and we are now evaluating the program and how it will exist in the future.”
The Navy’s attempt to increase interest among young people comes amidst an historic recruitment crisis. A survey from the Ronald Reagan Institute found that only 13% of 18-29-year-olds are “highly willing” to join the military. Twenty-five percent are “somewhat willing” and 26% are “not willing at all.”
Kelley has also posted directly about serving as a “Digital Ambassador” for the Navy on Instagram.
“From joining to 2016 and being able to share my drag experience on my off time with my fellow sailors has been a blessing,” Kelley wrote. “This experience has brought me so much strength, courage and ambition to continue being an advocate and representation of queer sailors!”
“Thank you to the Navy for giving me this opportunity! I don’t speak for the Navy but simply sharing my experience in the Navy! Hooyah, and let’s go Slay!” the drag queen added.
The controversy over drag queens in the military is part of a broader battle over gender ideology in the Navy and all branches of the U.S. armed forces.
In March, nearly two dozen House Democrats proposed legislation that would prohibit the Department of Defense from discriminating against transgender people who want to serve in the military.
The bill from Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., is aimed at stopping Republicans from reestablishing former President Trump’s ban on enlisting anyone with gender dysphoria or who has already undergone gender transitioning.
“Anyone willing and able to serve our country should be able to serve authentically,” said Jacobs, who is also vice chair of the Congressional Equity Caucus and co-chair of the Transgender Equality Taskforce.
Some Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., on the other hand, introduced legislation earlier this year to prevent transgender individuals from serving in the military unless they meet certain specifications.
“Biden has turned our military into a woke social experiment,” Rubio said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “It is a stupid way to go about protecting our nation. We need to spend more time thinking about how to counter threats like China, Russia, and North Korea and less time thinking about pronouns.”
The Department of Defense did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
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Willaim StroudSaturday May 13th, 2023 at 12:18 AM
This goes to show the lack of integrity in the world today. Even the military will ignore obvious mental issues in order to sign recruits. A politician named in this article said “anyone willing and able” should be able to serve. How is someone who is so unstable and disturbed in their thinking as to believe they are the opposite gender or that a person may change gender as they choose, someone who is obviously disturbed, able to serve? The diagnosis given for them “gender dysphoria” is telling. A definition of the word “dysphoria” is “a state of generalized unhappiness, restlessness, dissatisfaction, or frustration, and it can be a symptom of several mental health conditions.” Is it a good thing to have people in this mental state serving actively in the military?
AndiSaturday May 20th, 2023 at 03:21 AM
Mr. Stroud, I have come to realize that these things are happening because many people at the top in high positions, people who get to make the decisions are themselves involved in these acts so they are pushing these behaviors, normalizing them at lighting speed. I heard a woman discussing her book that she wrote after embedding herself among some of these groups. She’s European, but wrote about America’s sexual crisis. She reported how many judges, politicians etc are cross dressers, on the LBGTQIA spectrum themselves, while presenting to the public as heterosexual, married men with children. On their off time they attend conferences dressed like Tutsi and Mrs. Dobfire. It’s a concerted effort by the enemy.