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An American military that has been pushed to be "woke" under the leadership of Joe Biden has now gone a step further, with the U.S. Navy using a flamboyant "non-binary" personality to recruit service members.
A report from Just the News said the Navy acknowledged using the drag queen in a recruitment campaign, but claimed it did not compensate "digital ambassadors."
The report said Yoeman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley, who goes on stage under the name Harpy Daniels, was one of several personnel who took part in a digital ambassador program from October to March 2023.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported it was part of an effort to use "different ways" to reach recruits.
The program is being evaluated before Navy officials determine what course next to take.
"The Navy did not compensate YN2 Kelley or any others for being Navy Digital Ambassadors," a Navy official said.
Kelley explained he was one of four individuals participating.
"Kelley, who identifies as non-binary, previously said he began dressing in drag and performing in shows long before joining the Navy, according to an interview conducted with Carl Herzog of the USS Constitution Museum in August," the foundation report said.
Kelley complained he was subject to harassment from outside the military when he was to perform at a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion event at Langley Joint Air Base.
"I'm an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and being able to do drag is not just for me, but a tribute to many service members who were kicked out, harassed, bullied, or worse for being openly gay during Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It shows representation, and that is truly needed for a culture and organization that has shunned us for so long," he told the USS Constitution Museum.
The Navy is seeking to boost its size to 347,000 officers and enlisted sailors in 2024, up from the current 341,736 serving in fiscal year 2023, according to Navy Times.
Just the News reported, "Conservative commentator and veteran Graham Allen criticized Kelley's activities on Tuesday when he tweeted, 'This is not the same military I served under… Our enemies LAUGH at us,' along with a video of Kelley in drag."