Joshua Kelley, Navy drag queen, leverages TikTok to aid Navy recruiting

| May 3, 2023

Then YN3 Joshua Kelley does one of his drag queen shows on the USS Reagan. (MC3 Charles J Scudella III/Navy)

Joshua Kelley, Yeoman 2nd Class (YN2), stated that he was a “Digital Ambassador” for the U.S. Navy. He happens to be a TikTok influencer. The Digital Ambassador program was an effort that the Navy utilized to try to leverage the Internet to reach potential applicants on behalf of Navy recruiting. Kelley claims to have done drag shows for officers.

From Fox News:

Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley, who goes by the stage name “Harpy Daniels,” announced back in November 2022 that he was the Navy’s “Digital Ambassador.” Kelley has over 1,300,000 likes on TikTok.

While Kelley’s Instagram bio shows that the performer’s opinions “are not endorsed by DoD or DoN,” the drag queen claims to have danced in drag for service officers on a number of different occasions, sharing one video from 2018.

The Digital Ambassador initiative that Kelley participated in ran from October 2022 to March 2023 and was “designed to explore the digital environment to reach a wide range of potential candidates,” a Navy spokesperson told Fox News Digital. The reason, the spokesperson added, was that the Navy is navigating “the most challenging recruiting environment it has faced since the start of the all-volunteer force.”

The spokesperson continued: “The Navy did not compensate YN2 Kelley or any others for being Navy Digital Ambassadors. The pilot has concluded and we are now evaluating the program and how it will exist in the future.”

The Navy’s attempts to increase interest among young people comes amidst a historic recruitment crisis. A survey from the Ronald Reagan Institute found that only 13% of 18-29-year-olds are “highly willing” to join the military. Twenty-five percent are “somewhat willing” and 26% are “not willing at all.”

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OK, I’ll start…


This (below), but instead of ‘Goodbye Horses’ playing….

(edit: damn ewwtoob, its Village People ‘In the Navy’)

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Yeah, it’s blocking linking the original ITN Video probably 3rd party copyright sharing.

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“Jeezus H. Christ! Whole E. Jeezus! What the fuck is that?”
<Gunny Hartman voice>

I had no idea is what this bad. When you have sailors dressing up as women, its make shore leave a priority.
We had two of “those type” on my second Med, and they promptly got the boot. They were have a “liaison” in the Deck Dept Office @ 0200 when they got caught. One was married…yuk. The CO couldn’t get them off the ship fast enough…for their own safety.

It figures because drag queens are everywhere…
You can’t turn around without knocking over three of them
Unless they’re twerking in front of kiddie-garners then nutin’ aint gonna stop ’em.


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Should’ve been the first post. Y’all other branches are slipping

Green Thumb

Which one is Phil Monkress?

Green Thumb

Actually, the more I think about it, Phil Monkress could be one of three or all three as he is a fake Native American, fake Navy SEAL and a fake Law Enforcement Officer.


When I saw this story, I also immediately thought of their hit song. “In the Navy.” DoD should bring them back to make a recruiting video. They could add some lyrics and video about the fabulous fellatio in the fan rooms. That ought to get them some gay recruits. Or, how about a new number entitled, “It’s Not Gay when We’re Underway.”

Forest Bondurant

And soon the Navy will learn that retention and recruiting has become even more difficult.

(Besides, when DADT was repealed, recruiting issues across all the services was supposed to be resolved.)


Brilliant! That marketing strategy has worked so well for Anheuser-Busch.


I may just go from ‘former-Soldier’ to ‘formerly a former-soldier’.

Who’s comin’ with me?!

It’s a Big Tent, you invite! I filled the kiddy pool with salt water and Yuenglings just so you’d feel at home, but if you wear those water wings I’m kicking you out.

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They’re called swim fins, and are useful for folk who need to do more than *cough* dog paddle.

The salt is a nice touch, though.


In other news Army Veteran and E4 Mafia Hall of Fame inductee Jamie Farr has been appointed spokesperson for US Army Recruiting.. “As an OG he brings lots of credibility and stuff to the program”; stated former USAREC spokesperson….


Stayed classy, too.

Anna Puma

Klinger gotta a gun…


[His] dog day’s just begun
Now everybody is on the run?


“It’s not gay, if its underway!”


One more for Lars’ taste:


I’ve always said when asked what it was like being in a unit that went to the field a lot…

When you wake up at 2 in the morning and it’s raining outside, just get outta bed and go sit in your front lawn. No reason, just sit there while the rain pours over you.

Then, you’ll get an idea of what it’s like.


Like a really bad episode of Seinfeld that never ends… plus the above with MREs.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

How come we didn’t have peeps like Yo Yo joshua aboard the OKIE 3 when I came aboard her back in 1963. Am not joshing about it.


When you affirm a Mental Illness, it does wonders for Morale, keel hauling did too. The UCMJ must be all updated and I missed it.

NAVY…..Never Again Volunteer Yourself


Bradley Manning– let’s have more of that!

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That’s probably around the same time the Navy’s Blue Jacket manual changed to a Rainbow Notebook and swayed on the seas with Admiral Levine.


Churchill’s gripe about rum, sodomy and the lash is “diversity” today.


It’s a reward.

Hack Stone

Hack Stone only sees positive things coming from this. With the pool of Recruits that this Social Media Influencer will draw into the Naval ranks, China just may reconsider their plans for ruling over Asia.


Absolutely, they will come straight here first.


Transphobe!! You can’t say straight!!

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The washouts can take a gay cruise down to All-Points Logistics in Merritt Island, FL.

Phildo can fill the gap….



Not amused.


Neither is anyone in the background of that picture. They all seem to be pretty bored.
As for Halsey, yeah, I’m pretty sure he would just hide in a cabin in the woods for the rest of his life if he saw this shit.

Anna Puma

Miles Browning, who was Halsey’s Chief of Staff, when he was under the command of Spruance at Midway… well when Spruance decided to launch at the earliest time Enterprise and Hornet strike groups, Miles Browning threw a fit on the bridge and then flounced on down to his cabin to sulk. So Halsey had experience with a drama queen.

Veritas Omnia Vincit

Cue the meteor strike…


Army: “I missed my recruiting goals.”

Navy: “Hold my bud light and watch this…”

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No surprise here.

Its the Navy.


I’m not sure who this is supposed to appeal to, but I’m pretty certain no one is looking at the military as a challenging, place for tough young men to become warriors anymore. Public perception is it’s a shit show for people without good options in life. Just imagine what is going to happen to the first troops in a war with China, we are far too soft for our politicians to be sabre rattling. Keep making the military unappealing to the traditional recruits and wonder why when we get our ass kicked and lose a lot of kids.

AT1 ret

oh for fucks sake


This is ridiculous.


Wow! Something coming out of the Administration doesn’t meet Der Kommissar approval. Color me shocked.


What? It’s not gay enough for you?


Nah, just you being a usual.

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So, King Neptune’s bride becomes the front (flavor of the month) for the US Navy. I prefer the Shellback ceremony not become an every minute of the day event. Speaking of which, Queen Elizabeth was a shellback, though I suspect that like my DivO, got a kid glove treatment.


Front? But I digress.

A Proud Infidel®™

When it comes to the LGBTQWERTYUIOP crowd, nearly NONE are interested in joining the Military.

Prior Service

Recruiting amongst a one-percent population is up 97%, netting the navy one new recruit. Meanwhile, the other 99% is down 75%. Good job, Navy! (Note: all stats are “rough estimates” at best, but generally accurate….)


I can just see some idiot requesting to perform a drag show on behalf of the Navy on the mess decks of the last Carrier I was on 17 years ago. Don’t think that would’ve gone over so well with the CO and CMC.

This begs two separate questions.

Who are the leaders allowing (and in some cases even encouraging) this degradation?

And how have we fallen apart so quickly?


The leaders who are the product of the zero defect mentality Navy.

”If I don’t fire you for a fuck up then my boss will fire me” Add a dash of woke and fear of offending someone to the mix too.

The Navy I grew up in had a joke you couldn’t make Chief without a DUI. People made mistakes, corrected them then grew from them. They didn’t walk on eggshells worried about being politically correct.

The leaders I had made shit happen and I am thankful for that.


Went by the Class VI today. Bud Light in 20 pack was $24.98. The 24 pack was $21.98. 🙂


Less than a buck each for reactive targets- not too bad.


They were stacked up too. A lot of the other AB products were sold down, I guess as an “alternative” but the BL was taller than all of them and looked untouched.

Forest Bondurant

I read somewhere that COSTCO was giving it away.


Great opportunity to defraud the global warming crowd and
their “returnables” scam. What goes around comes around
dontcha know.

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Ass Blast… er, Butt Light… is giving away free cases of beer to its distributors’ employees hoping thar’ll make things better:



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P.S. Just sayin’:
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Seems like none of you USN types here ever crossed the line. Who’s back on the fantail with the Royal Baby and King Neptune? The Wog Queen of course. On one WESTPAC ships I was on, one of the HSL guys ended up being Wog Queen – he brought his own “costume” at the start of the cruise. He was all decked out in a dress, wig and make-up. Why is a Wog Queen ok, but this guy an embarrassment? Guess it’s the number of times you dress in drag.


Crossed the Equator and Arctic Circle- in a P-3. There’s a difference between institutionalized hazing and gender dysphoria, so stop the false comparisions.


The Sailor who was Wog queen on the USS Ranger during our 1987 Shellback ceremony near Singaporehad some serious gender identity issues in his mop head hair, but he didn’t have his own costume.

But we did have a bunch of ‘fan room Fannies’.


We have allowed our country to become the laughing stock of the world. 😣 


Thanks, Democrsts!!


As a Northern neighbour and as far as world-class ‘laughing stocks‘ go, take heart; we’re not too far behind ya.. *wuff*

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Old tanker

I’d love to find out exactly how drag queens are going to assist in killing the enemy. I mean, that IS the mission of the Military, killing people and breaking their toys.

Boiling Mad CPO

I am called the Boiling Mad CPO and this is so called person is why. I happened to be a retired Chief Yeoman (YNC) and because most rates have a colorful nickname: stewburner, skivvy stacker, deck ape, bubblehead, etc. Our rate were sometimes called ‘titless waves’.

But never by the person on the otherside of the counter requesting leave, pay allotment, or any other admin encounter.

It was usually in good fun but this guy takes the cake. How in hell does his shipmates tolerate such a display without having a field day on his body. I know they all have to attend seminars for getting along with the alphabet crowd but this seems to be above and beyond accommodating.

I, myself, had to attend what we called ‘watermelon school’ back in the ’70’s and it was a waste of time for all. It was monitored by a Pilipino CPO that thought english was for someone else to learn.

No, I am not racist, some of my best shipmates were ‘perker checkers’. BZ


The person the article is about was honorary Queen Davy Jones of the Shellback initiation back in the day.


Farragut would be so proud. So proud.


Y’all joke about military branches but there’s still one area that the Navy leads – hands down.

Broadway musicals! Yeah, you don’t see Marines dancing around in white gloves and you don’t see Army soldiers twirling batons or US Air Force wearing tights.

It’s always a Navy sailor.

**CRICKETS** I rest my case.  😉 

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Too easy.


It was Jan. 10, 1963, that Congressman Albert S. Herlong Jr. from Florida read the list of  45 Communist goals for America into the Congressional Record. The purpose of him reading this was to gain insight into liberal elite ideas and strategies for America that sound awfully familiar today.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations that are under Communist attack.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural and healthy.”
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose communist goals.
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.



It had to be the Navy.

USMCMSgt (ret)

John Paul Jones is rolling in his grave.