Biden Administration Approves ‘Pride Morale Patch’ for Military Uniforms, Sparks Controversy


The latest example of the Biden administration’s politicization of the military has been revealed by Stars and Stripes. The commander of the Osan Air Force base in South Korea has authorized troops to wear a “pride morale patch” on their military uniforms, both in public and while on duty. This is just another example of the military’s descent into politicization.

Traditionally, the patches and badges on a soldier’s uniform served as a way to communicate their qualifications, experience, and achievements. However, with the introduction of these “pride patches,” soldiers are now also signaling their allegiance to specific political trends. This is a departure from the traditional purpose of these insignia, which were meant to be a source of pride and a symbol of military achievements.

The patches and badges on a soldier’s uniform are a biography of their military career and accomplishments. They tell you who they are, where they’ve been, and what they’ve done. These insignia are not just informative, but also serve as a source of immense pride for soldiers.

In contrast, the “pride patch” has no connection to military accomplishments. It’s a political symbol that announces the wearer’s allegiance to specific sexual practices or lifestyles. Allowing this patch on military uniforms is a further erosion of the military’s apolitical nature, which is essential to a free country.

The commander responsible for this decision, Col. William McKibban, has stated that the patch represents the advancement of the Air Force’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, dignity, and respect within the mission. However, this is a thinly veiled attempt to promote DEI politics within the military. It’s a clear signal that commanders who want to be promoted or favored with good assignments must adhere to these political ideals.

Frankly, I would prefer an Air Force that prioritized winning our wars, but that’s just old-fashioned thinking. The fact remains that this “pride patch” is a political statement that does nothing to advance military lethality, competence, or readiness. It’s a symbol of loyalty to DEI politics, and allowing it on military uniforms is a strike against an apolitical military.

John A. Lucas
John A. Lucas
John A. Lucas is a retired attorney who has tried and argued a variety of cases, including before the U. S. Supreme Court. Before entering law school at the University of Texas, he served in the Army Special Forces as an enlisted man, later graduating from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1969. He is an Army Ranger who fought in Vietnam as an infantry platoon leader. He is married with five children. He and his wife now live in Virginia.

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