The US Navy appears so desperate for new recruits that they have started a program to “reach a wider audience,” which includes employing active-duty drag queens to represent them in hopes of driving up enlistment numbers.
And what has become an increasingly common case of reality being indistinguishable from satire, the armed branch that tried for years to shed its “gay branch” stereotype is now leaning forward with a man dressed as a woman.
Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley, known by his stage moniker “Harpy Daniels,” has been made the first “Navy Digital Ambassador” and can perform his duties in drag.
According to the Daily Caller, the move is an attempt to draw in more service members from Generation Z, who have the distinction of having the highest number of self-identified LGBTQ individuals in their demographic.
Kelley sees himself as a beacon for what he claims was an “oppressed” demographic, having previously been forbidden from openly serving I’m the past.
The digital ambassador initiative was “designed to explore the digital environment to reach a wide range of potential candidates,” a Navy spokesperson said.
“The Navy did not compensate YN2 Kelley or any others for being Navy Digital Ambassadors,” the spokesperson added.
No stranger to controversy within the Navy, Kelley said he also faced harassment from outside the military after he was scheduled to perform at a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) event at Langley Joint Air Force Base in the summer of 2022.
According to Kelley, the event reportedly “caused an uproar to many conservatives and Christian extremists.”
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