Navy Drag Queens: Joshua Kelley, also known as “Harpy Daniels,” who has more than 1,300,000 TikTok likes, announced in November of last year that he will be the Navy’s “Digital Ambassador.” Although Kelley’s approach by the U.S. Navy was only recently made public, the drag performer claims to have performed in drag in front of military officers on numerous occasions, even posting a video from 2018 to his Instagram.
From October 2022 to March 2023, Kelley participated in a program called “Digital Ambassadors,” which was “designed to explore the digital environment to reach a wide range of potential candidates,” a Navy spokeswoman told Fox News. The Navy is currently dealing with “the most difficult recruiting environment it has faced since the start of the all-volunteer force,” the spokesperson added.
“YN2 Kelley and the other Navy Digital Ambassadors were not paid by the Navy. After the pilot, we are currently reviewing the initiative to determine its future direction, the representative stated. “Thank you to the Navy for giving me this opportunity,” Kelley wrote on his Instagram profile in reference to his position as a Digital Ambassador. I’m just sharing my own Navy experience; I don’t speak for the Navy. Let’s go slay, hooyah!”
Young people are extremely difficult to recruit into the U.S. military in general, let alone the Navy. Only 13 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 said they would be “highly willing” to enlist, while 25 percent said they would be “somewhat willing” and 26 percent would be “not at all willing.”
All branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Navy, are currently debating gender ideology.
A group of House Democrats introduced legislation in March to stop the Department of Defense from obstructing transgender people from enlisting in the military. According to some detractors, the U.S. military should not be used as a political instrument promoting gender ideology but rather as a means of ensuring the nation’s security. Others have argued that it is perhaps surprising that the United States would choose to instill fear in their adversaries rather than the opposite in a world where much military strategy is played out through bravado, such as with military exercises.