This was the realization I came to also. It really breaks my heart. I joined the Marines specifically because it was not woke. I witnessed the end of the "gun - club" mentality under Obama, a slight reprieve under Trump, then the adoption of females into the schoolhouse where I taught. As an artillery officer I worked with tanks, infantry, and the gun bunnies in the battery. The whole point was that these institutions are bastions of masculinity. I wanted to serve the country, experience danger, blow things up, and kill people... and hopefully live to tell my kids about the highs and the lows of life, war, and the reality behind everything that we take for granted here in the United States.Technicality...I am a Marine and I was an officer. However, I believe its more appropriate to consider myself Ronin as this point. For I have no country and whether other like-minded men like me are willing or not to admit it, they are Ronin too.
What's happening to the military and the Marines, in particular, is heartbreaking. Letting women and effeminate sodomites serve is the complete opposite of the warrior ethos. We earned our titles with a lot of pain, sweat, blood, despair, depression, and, of course for some, even our lives. We do not take our title of Grunt lightly. Having slept in a puddle in near-freezing temperatures and been frozen to a tree, among many other things...I earned my ink.
But, the military isn't the only institution to succumb to this madness. Corporate America is going through this too and the effects are devastating. Its important to pan-out and observe the bigger picture, which helps to reveal the more fundamental trends behind all this. In short, we are sacrificing merit and competency for "diversity" and "equity". Equity is the most obvious because it is literally advocating for equality of outcomes. Under such conditions, merit becomes an ancillary consideration.
Post deployment I saw females being integrated into combat arms and at the school house I had to teach fire support to females who could barely pass the physical requirements meanwhile many of the senior enlisted were going on about how "many of the skinny males cant pick up the 105 lb round" as though the bar needed to be any lower. Its like "Ok, then why are we setting standards so low that we compare the weakest males to the strongest females and expecting a capable fighting force if not to politicize the military?"
When I got out it was a struggle for me because I loved the Marines. Seeing these young men from all over the country, learning from them, sharing stories, experiences and good and hard times really changed me and gave me an appreciation for my fellow man. The final straw for me was going through a divorce, and being told "you need to sign this paperwork about the transgender policy so we can check you off as having been made aware of what the policy is and is not" I said that I would sign nothing to acknowledge anything of the sort, here are my papers and I am out. 2 years later and I see what's going on now, and I know I made the right choice. I always skirted a line between saying non-pc things and not, but I would have been reprimanded many times over and probably lumped in as an "extremist" from what I am hearing about the military from my colleagues now.
I'll always miss the good times, the comradery, and the ability to smash any obstacle in front of you. But sadly it appears that those times are on pause for a while as we let the mind rot work its way though the institutions of our military.