The Pentagon initially adopted gender-neutral language for military award citations, only to revert back silently weeks later. The decision was discreetly announced in the Manual of Military Decorations and Awards and wasn’t detected by the mainstream press until much later. The use of ‘themself’ in citations was not well received, with critics labeling it as “grammatically incorrect” and “insulting.” Many argue that the Pentagon’s focus should be on urgent military concerns rather than on “wokeness.”

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