Sen. Tom Cotton told Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin that his office has received “hundreds” of whistleblower complaints about the military’s new diversity and inclusion training, which he says equates to “anti-American doctrine.”

Cotton, R-Ark., has fought aggressively against this type of training. In March, he introduced legislation to ban critical race doctrine training from the military. He and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, set up a website for whistleblower complaints earlier this month.

Cotton said he saw reports of “declining morale, growing distrust between races and genders where none existed just six months ago and unexpected retirements and separations based on these training alone.”

He said a Marine officer had said military history training had been replaced with training on police brutality, white privilege and systemic racism. Another claimed that his unit was required to read “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo, which claims that white supremacy has been internalized by white people in the West.

Austin said the Army wants to “welcome all those who can qualify and who are fit to serve.”

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“We should look like the America we support and defend, and senior leadership should look like one that is in rank,” he said.

When asked by the senator, Austin agreed that the military was not a racist organization in origin, that members should not be treated differently based on the color of their skin, and that race or gender were “important factors” in choosing leadership. Should not happen.

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“For decades the military has been one of those institutions in society where you are most likely to advance based on your performance, your merit, whatever the color of your skin, where you came from, your parents. Who were that,” said Cotton.

“I totally agree with that, I’m an example of that,” Austin said.

Austin said the military has done a “great job” in diversity within its ranks, but needs to be “a little better” to be “absolutely inclusive” so that it can become “the most effective and deadliest combat force in the world”. .

“Diversity, equality and inclusion are important to this military and it will be important in the future,” Austin said.

Cotton responded, “It’s not about diversity, it’s about a very specific kind of anti-American doctrine that’s seeping into parts of our military based on the whistleblower complaints we’ve received.”