A former Navy SEAL who was part of the operation that put a bullet between the eyes of Osama bin Laden has come out against the Navy’s new drag-queen recruitment campaign, stating, “I can’t believe I fought for this bulls-t.”
On Wednesday morning, Robert J. O’Neill, a former United States Navy SEAL Team Six member, took to Twitter to express his dissatisfaction with the Navy’s decision to employ a full-time drag queen to help recruit people to our elite fighting force.
Second-Class Yeoman drag queen Joshua Kelley announced in a TikTok video in November that he would be the first “digital ambassador” for the Navy.
Between October 2022 and the following March, five digital ambassadors participated in a program whose goal was to “explore the digital environment to reach a wide range of potential candidates.”
Kelley “performs” under the stage name “Harpy Daniels.”
Kelley’s mission was to detail how she went from performing on board in 2018 to becoming an “advocate” for people who “were oppressed for years in the service.”
He informed his 8,000-plus followers that the experience brought him so much strength, courage, and ambition to continue being an advocate of sailors that are “queer.”
He said he appreciates the Navy for this chance and to please understand him; “I’m just giving my personal Navy experience. Let’s get ready to Slay, so hooyah!”
Kelley was one of five digital ambassadors during the campaign’s run.
Since then, many have drawn parallels between this incident and trans activist Dylan Mulvaney, whose friendship with Bud Light caused a public relations disaster for the beer company.
The Military Times reports that the United States Army fell 15,000 soldiers short of its fiscal 2022 objective. The brass has warned lawmakers that the recruitment backlog will only worsen in the coming fiscal year.
The Navy, in particular, could need an additional 6,000 personnel.
The Air Force is predicted to be off by roughly 3,400, while the Army is expected to be off by around 10,000.