Monday, September 14, 2015

A Sergeant Major IN the Marine Corps speaks up against Secretary of the Navy on their Women In Combat Study

Because the civilians have made up their minds that Women In Combat is a "good" thing, they have decided to make it happen.

No matter how many people get killed as a result.  To prove their point, SecNav ordered up a study that he, no doubt, would hold up as an indicator that they are right, and those of us with a substantial combat arms background don't know what the hell we're talking about.

Except... it didn't quite work out that way, since the study reinforced the fact that women in combat will be an unmitigated disaster.

Instead of accepting the outcomes of the study and going back to the drawing board, SecNav immediately attacked it, belittling and degrading those involved because of their attitudes which resulted in a "predestined outcome."

I suppose he had to.  After all, to accept the findings of the study is to admit this is a moronic, stupid idea that will reduce unit readiness and capabilities... and get us killed.

Meanwhile, SGTMAJ Justin Lehew, who, as you can tell, has seen substantial combat himself and who is serving, at least until today, as the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command, the Marine equivalent of TRADOC, had a few words to say about this situation, the study, and SecNav's response to the outcomes... outcomes SecNav obviously didn't like.

This is from the Sergeant Major's personal facebook page.

And while I doubt that he'll have this job much longer... and that he'll likely be forced out as a result of his positions, I salute this man as a leader of courage, integrity and honor.

The Study outcomes are discussed in many articles around the web, not the least of which is mine, with a link to the Marine Corps Times article in question.

Please take a few moments to review the articles in question to get a feel for what's really going on out there with this.

Because these people in charge are cheerfully sacrificing our military capabilities in the name of political correctness so THEY can feel good about policies they will never have to live with, since none of them will see combat after their idiotic policies are implemented... just the poor bastards they send out to fight.

Meanwhile, these scum need to stop watching Starship Trooper the movie, and instead, read Starship Trooper, the book.

Since, like much in Hollywood, the book and the movie bear only a passing resemblance to each other... to Heinlien's detriment.

Ok, been silent long enough on this. I have been a part of this process from the beginning and I am just going to put it out there. The Secretary of the Navy is way off base on this and to say the things he is saying is is flat out counter to the interests of national security and is unfair to the women who participated in this study.

We selected our best women for this test unit, selected our most mature female leaders
as well. The men (me included) were the most progressive and open minded that you
could get. The commander of this unit was a seasoned and successful infantryman.
The XO of this unit was as good as they get, so good the USMC made her the CO of
the Officer candidate school.

I just selected the SgtMaj of the unit to head up our senior enlisted academy at Camp
Lejeune, NC. No one went in to this with the mentality that we did not want this to
succeed. No Marine, regardless of gender would do that. With our limited manpower
we cannot afford to not train everyone to the best of their abilities.

This was as stacked as a unit could get with the best Marines to give it a 100 percent
success rate as we possibly could. End result? The best women in The GCEITF as a
group in regard to infantry operations were equal or below in most all cases to the
lowest 5 percent of men as a group in this test study.

They are slower on all accounts in almost every technical and tactical aspect and
physically weaker in every aspect across the range of military operations. SECNAV
has stated that he has made his mind up even before the release of these results and
that the USMC test unit will not change his mind on anything.

Listen up folks. Your senior leadership of this country does not want to see America
overwhelmingly succeed on the battlefield, it wants to ensure that everyone has an
opportunity to pursue whatever they want regardless of the outcome on national
security. The infantry is not Ranger School. That is just a school like any other school
and is not a feeder specifically to the infantry.

Anyone can go to that school that meets the prereqs, just like airborne school. Kudos
to the two women who graduated. They are badasses in their own right. In regards to
the infantry....there is no trophy for second place. You perform or die.

Make no mistake. In this realm, you want your fastest, most fit, most physical and most
lethal person you can possibly put on the battlefield to overwhelm the enemy's ability to
counter what you are throwing at them and in every test case, that person has turned
out to be a man. There is nothing gender biased about this, it is what it is.

You will never see a female Quarterback in the NFL, there will never be a female
center on any NHL team and you will never see a female batting in the number 4 spot
for the New York Yankees. It is what it is. As a country we preach equality.

But to place these mandates on the military before this country has even considered
making females register, just like males, for the selective service is in all aspects out of
touch with reality. Equality and equal opportunity start before you raise your right hand
and swear and oath to this country.

Yes, we are an all volunteer force at the moment. Should this country however need to
mobilize rapidly again to face the threats of the world like our grandfathers did, it will
once again look to the military age males of this country to fill the ranks because las
t I checked, we did not require women to register for the selective service. Until that
happens, we should not even be wasting our time even thinking about opening up the
infantry to women.

To my female Marine friends out there, I love you to death, you are the best of the best
and you have my continued admiration for what you do and to the Marines of the
GCEITF....you are tops in my book for taking up the challenge...regardless what the
SECNAV says about you not being the best that we could have put in that unit because
you were....on all accounts.

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