(TheConservativeTimes.org) – Conservative commentators and Green Berets have been criticizing the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) for posting an LGBTQ+ Pride flag on its social media accounts across all platforms. The particular flag used in the post features a symbol many people may not be familiar with.
The “Progress Flag,” was posted to the USASOC’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts with an accompanying message stating that the command “recognizes June as Pride Month” and celebrates “all LGBTQ+ members” in the command’s formations.
The flag posted is a version that includes a purple circle over a yellow background, the symbol for “intersex” people, an incredibly rare demographic of people with a birth defect that results in being born with both gender organs.
One critic of the post is a former member of the Green Berets, who poked fun at people who “wonder why” the military can’t “meet recruitment goals.” He also said that there is “only one flag” that people “should be proud of,” referring to the American flag.
Last week, JoAnne Bass, an Air Force Chief Master Sgt, warned about falling standards within the Air Force and all other branches of the U.S. military, which she said leaves the country vulnerable to its foreign enemies like China and Russia. Bass indicates that what many call “wokeness” – in the form of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training – now takes precedence over the vital training necessary to serve at the highest level.
A USASOC spokesperson made a statement in response to the controversy stating that the social media post was made to reflect the guidance issued in a memo by the Department of Defense on May 31, which recognizes the month of June as Pride Month to pay homage to LGBTQ service members and civilians “for their service to the Army and the nation.” The statement noted that Pride Month is also officially observed nationally.
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