All branches of the military have been failing to meet recruiting goals ever since the 2020 election was stolen and Joe “Mr. Popularity” Biden was installed in the White House. To make up for the shortfall, the Navy started a new Digital Ambassador Pilot Program in 2022. This program was designed to use a novel approach to attract new recruits to the Navy: Drag queens! For some unknown reason, this idea fizzled out and now the Navy has scrapped it.
Last May, it was revealed that Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley was joining the recruitment program as a “Navy Digital Ambassador.” Yeoman Kelley also happens to be a drag queen who uses the stage name “Harpy Daniels.” He identifies as non-binary—whatever that means.
The logic behind this new project was perfectly sound. This was going to be the sort of visionary idea that we’re accustomed to from Gen. Mark Milley, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Joe Biden. What corn-fed Iowa boy would be able to resist the siren song of an ugly man in a dress luring them in to join the Navy?
But then something weird happened when “Harpy Daniels” was doing his drag queen act to “reach a wide range of potential candidates” online for recruitment, which was his mission mandate. Navy recruitment fell even further! For some reason. Who knows why these things happen? It’s all a big mystery.
The Navy is now expecting to miss its fiscal year 2023 recruitment goals by about 7,000 sailors. The US Army and the Coast Guard are also expected to miss their recruitment goals for this year, although it’s unclear at this time whether they have tried using drag queens to help boost their numbers.