Tucker Carlson mocked ‘woke generals’ in the Pentagon after receiving criticism over sexist military comments

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

  • Tucker Carlson mocked “woke generals” at the Pentagon during his Fox News show on Friday
  • Defense chiefs criticized Carlson this week over comments he made about women in the military.
  • Carlson fired back by saying his supporters “were almost rattled” by the criticism.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Friday fired back at “woke generals” in the Pentagon after he received intense criticism this week from several defense chiefs following comments he made about women in the military

Speaking during the Friday night edition of his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight”, the presenter said that his supporters were “almost rattled” by the rebuke from the Pentagon this week until they realized the US military didn’t defeat the Taliban.

“We were almost rattled. Then we realized if the woke generals treat us like they’ve treated the Taliban, we’ll be fine. Twenty years later, the Taliban are still here,” Carlson said during the program, according to The Hill.

“Maybe we ought to promise the Pentagon that we’ll get rid of traditional gender roles on this show. Change the pronouns, defeat the patriarchy, and all that,” he added. “Then they’d send us billions in unmarked $100 bills as a reward. They’ve certainly done that before. And that might really kickstart our struggling opium poppy business.”

A slate of military leaders, including Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, berated Carlson after he accused President Joe Biden of trying to feminize the military.

“F— Tucker Carlson,” Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran, tweeted. “While he was practicing his two-step, America’s female warriors were hunting down Al Qaeda and proving the strength of America’s women.”

On Thursday, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby also publicly rebuked Carlson for his remarks, telling reporters: “We still have a lot of work to do to make our military more inclusive,” according to Newsweek.

Kirby went on to say that the department won’t “take personnel advice from a talk show host or the Chinese military.” He added that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “shares the revulsion of so many others to what Carlson said in his opening statement.”

Following Biden’s remarks on International Women’s Day highlighting efforts to make the military more accommodating for women service members, Carlson said these moves would “make a mockery of the US military.”

“So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits,” Carlson said. “Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It’s a mockery of the US military.”

Carlson added that “while China’s military becomes more masculine as it’s assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become, as Joe Biden says, more feminine.”

Insider reached out to Fox News for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

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The US Army official account threw shade at Fox’s Tucker Carlson for his ‘ridiculous’ comments against women in the military

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

  • Fox New’s host Tucker Carlson said that President Joe Biden was “feminizing the military.”
  • The US Army threw shade at Carlson by posting photos of women in the Army with the “Soldier’s Creed.”
  • The top Pentagon spokesman said the military would not “take personnel advice from a talk-show host.”
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The US Army’s official Twitter account threw shade at Tucker Carlson after he went on a long rant on his television show against President Joe Biden for supposedly making the military “more feminine.”

Carlson said on his Fox News show Wednesday night that the Biden administration was spending too much attention feminizing the military while overlooking threats posed by China, who he said is actually making its military more masculine.

The complaint stems from Biden’s comments on Monday for International Women’s Day where he highlighted the progress the armed forces is making to accommodate female troops, who make up roughly 16% of the force.

“We’re making good progress designing body armor that fits women properly, tailoring combat uniforms for women, creating maternity flight suits, updating requirements for their hairstyles,” Biden said.

On Thursday, the US Army posted several photos on Twitter of the “Soldier’s Creed” coupled with photographs of women performing various roles in the Army in what appeared to be in response to Carlson’s remarks. Earlier in the day, several current US Army generals also took to Twitter to tell Carlson that he “couldn’t be more wrong.”

This is not the first time the Army’s social media account has vouched for women in the armed forces during Women’s History Month. The account has posted and retweeted several pieces of content supporting women in the military since the beginning of March.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby called Carlson’s tirade against women in the military “ridiculous” and noted that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “shares the revulsion of so many others to what Mr. Carlson said.”

“What we absolutely won’t do,” Kirby added, “is take personnel advice from a talk-show host.”

Ryan Pickrell contributed reporting.

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Pentagon tells Tucker Carlson it won’t take advice from a talk-show host after he complained Biden is making military ‘more feminine’

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby speaks at press conference at the Pentagon
Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby at the Pentagon.

  • The Pentagon expressed disgust following Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s recent comments.
  • Carlson recently claimed Biden is making a “mockery” of the military by making it “more feminine.”
  • The top Pentagon spokesman said the military won’t be taking advice from a talk-show host.
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The top Pentagon spokesman said Thursday that the defense secretary is disgusted by Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s comments claiming that President Joe Biden is making the military “more feminine” and that doing so is a “mockery.”

Speaking to reporters during an off-camera discussion at the Pentagon, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby characterized Carlson’s recent remarks as “ridiculous,” adding that the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “shares the revulsion of so many others to what Mr. Carlson said.”

“We still have a lot of work to do to make our military more inclusive,” he said, according to reporters present. “What we absolutely won’t do is take personnel advice from a talk-show host or the Chinese military.”

Kirby added that “maybe those people think they have something to prove.”

Following Biden’s remarks on International Women’s Day highlighting efforts to make the military more accommodating for women service members, Carlson accused the president of feminizing the US armed forces while overlooking other pressing challenges, like China.

“So we’ve got new hairstyles and maternity flight suits,” Carlson said. “Pregnant women are going to fight our wars. It’s a mockery of the US military.”

Carlson added that “while China’s military becomes more masculine as it’s assembled the world’s largest navy, our military needs to become, as Joe Biden says, more feminine.”

Several Army generals, as well as the Sergeant Major of the Army, the service’s top enlisted member, have called out Carlson, arguing that he “couldn’t be more wrong” about women in the military.

Carlson also faced backlash from other parts of the military, to include US Space Command Senior Enlisted Leader Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott Stalker, who called Carlson’s comments “drama TV.”

“I’ll remind everyone that his opinion, which he has a right to, is based off of actually zero days of service in the armed forces,” Stalker said.

Insider reached out to Fox News for comment on or clarification of Carlson’s comments but has not yet received a response.

Disclosure: This reporter previously worked for the Daily Caller News Foundation, a non-profit news organization affiliated with Tucker Carlson.

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Marine Corps gets rid of men’s-only allowance for underwater after audit finds inequities in uniform costs

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  • The Marine Corps has removed an allowance for underwear that was only given to men and adding a new allowance for women’s dress shoes.
  • The changes come after an audit that revealed systemic inequities in clothing and uniform costs for male and female service members.
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The Marine Corps has removed a clothing replacement allowance for underwear that was only allotted to men and added a new replacement allowance for female dress pumps following an audit of policy.

A Government Accountability Office report released this month revealed systemic inequities in out-of-pocket clothing and uniform costs for male and female service members – a reality colloquially known as the “Pink Tax.”

The watchdog organization found that some enlisted women paid more than $8,000 out of pocket over the course of a career for clothing, while some men actually ended up with allowance overages they could pocket. The disparity, the GAO found, was largely the result of the higher costs of some women’s uniform items, and costs of essentials not included in clothing calculations that were higher across the board for women.

The investigation also prompted the individual military services to review their own policies and calculations. For the Marine Corps, this resulted in the discovery of inequity and a move to change.

“Beginning in fiscal year 2021, enlisted [Marine] males will no longer receive an annualized standard cash clothing replacement allowance for underwear, according to the officials,” GAO officials wrote in their report. “Currently, males receive an annualized standard cash clothing replacement allowance for their underwear, but females do not.”

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Recruits watch a Marine Corps Martial Arts demonstration, July 21, 2011.

The report added that there had been no annualized replacement allowance for female Marines’ dress pumps, even though they were listed as a required uniform item. Going forward, it said, there would be an additional replacement allowance, apart from the current $50 one-time allotment.

“According to officials, this was an oversight and the Marine Corps plans to fix this to ensure female enlisted service members receive an annualized standard cash clothing allowance for dress pumps,” GAO officials wrote.

A spokesman for the Marine Corps Uniform Board and Marine Corps Installations and Logistics, Master Sgt. Andrew Pendracki, told Military.com via email that underwear was issued to Marines in their initial sea bag and was considered a personal item to be purchased at the individual’s expense following recruit training.

“During the GAO audit, it was noted that male Marines were receiving an annual replacement allowance to maintain drawers as late as [fiscal year 2020],” he said. “A review of past annual Minimum Requirement Lists (MRL) indicated that the drawers have not been on the MRL for at least 20 years and, as such, a clothing replacement allowance should not have been paid.”

A similar allowance did not exist for female Marines.

The annualized line item for men’s underwear is not much: 72 cents, Pendracki said. It will be removed in the fiscal 2022 MRL, he noted.

The new annualized allowance for women’s dress pumps may make a more substantial difference to Marines’ wallets: Female Marines will now get $16.66 per year to maintain and replace their dress shoes.

In the GAO report, officials emphasized that the root issue was equity: equal pay for equal work.

“The equity principle also calls for the concept of equal pay for substantially equal work under the same general working conditions,” the report states. ” … Specifically, comparability refers to the specific items of basic pay, basic pay-related items, allowances, and benefits.”

– Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

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For the first time ever, the Marine Corps will train women at its all-male West Coast boot camp

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A recruit receives instructions on the range prior to live fire on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, November 12, 2019.

  • The Marine Corps is sending women to its all-male West Coast boot camp in San Diego for the first time.
  • The Corps already trains women at its other recruit depot in South Carolina, but the service is preparing to meet a congressional mandate to make its entry-level training coed.
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For the first time ever, the Marine Corps is about to send dozens of women to its all-male West Coast boot camp as the service prepares to meet a congressional mandate to make its entry-level training coed.

About 60 female recruits will begin training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in February, multiple officials told Military.com. The plan is part of a test run as the Marine Corps experiments with ways to end its long-held tradition of separating enlisted recruits by gender when they arrive at boot camp.

The service has historically trained female recruits only at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina. But it is required by law to end that practice within five years at Parris Island and within eight at San Diego.

Three women will also graduate from the Marine Corps’ West Coast drill instructor school this week, officials said. The new drill instructors will be part of the team responsible for training the incoming female platoon.

Commandant Gen. David Berger, the Marine Corps’ top general, said during a Defense One event in September that the service would “run a couple of trials this wintertime” in which it would move female drill instructors from South Carolina to San Diego “and train recruits on the West Coast to see how this is going to work.”

It was not immediately clear at the time whether that meant the drill instructors would train the male recruits already there, or women as well.

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Drill instructors correct a new recruit at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, March 30, 2020.

The recruits will be assigned to a coed company once they get to San Diego. The company will follow the training model Parris Island has been using over the last two years to train men and women together in the same company.

The first-ever gender-integrated company, which included one female platoon and five male platoons, graduated from Parris Island in March 2019. Several more coed companies have since completed training together there.

Lawmakers have pressed the Marine Corps to train men and women together after all combat arms jobs opened to women and a high-profile scandal highlighted the troubling way some male Marines treated their female colleagues. The requirement to end the practice was included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law last December.

Leaders have said that the coed companies that have graduated at Parris Island have performed as well, if not better than, some all-male or all-female companies.

“If anything, it went a little better because there’s a little bit more competition with [each platoon] going, ‘No, we need to beat them,’ or ‘We can’t let them beat us,'” now-retired Maj. Gen. William Mullen, the former head of Marine Corps Training and Education Command, told Military.com last year. “So there was a little bit of that effect. But other than that, there was no real difference.”

The female recruits that will ship to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in February have already been notified that they won’t be training at Parris Island, officials said. The women, like most men who train in San Diego, will ship from states west of the Mississippi River.

The Marine Corps is also studying, as part of meeting its congressional mandate to make boot camp coed, the possibility of training all its recruits at a new site rather than shipping them to separate coasts. That has led to outcry from South Carolina politicians who are pushing back against closing the historic Parris Island base.

– Gina Harkins can be reached at gina.harkins@military.com. Follow her on Twitter @ginaaharkins.

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