Except, of course, women in ground combat units are going to cause death and destruction.... just on the wrong side.
Regular readers are well aware of my position on this issue, a position shared by many, including the Sergeant Major of TECOM, the Marine Training and Education Command which was in large part responsible for staffing the Marine experiment that tended to show that women in ground combat was going to be a disaster if for no other reason than reduced capabilities at the strategic level; issues of pregnancy, morale, reduced capability and ABILITY aside.
The thoughts of Sergeant Major Justin Lehew, a Navy Cross warrior of some acclaim, who crossed sabers with the POG Secretary of the Navy (Mabus) who trashed the Marine study because it didn't fit the meme at the time, are stark, harsh and foretell the future of women in ground combat units, and they can be read here:
So, all these months where women in the Marines could enlist or apply for combat arms jobs.... how many have made the cut?
Not "1100." But 11.
The standards have been lowered (denials to the contrary notwithstanding) and even THEN women have been stay away in droves.
Unlike the Army, where women have been assigned to combat arms units with zero real qualifications (Five week long correspondence courses and the like) the Marines actually make women go through training to prove themselves.
The result? The Marine Corps Times asks the question:
And very few have even made the attempt.
Yet only 11 enlisted women are serving today in the traditional “03” infantry career fields, Marine Corps officials said. No women have even attempted the Basic Reconnaissance Course or Amphibious Reconnaissance Course, and there are no female snipers, according to data provided by Manpower and Reserve Affairs.So, the Army has hundreds... the Marines? Less than a dozen.
Why is that?
Well, on first blush, it would appear that in ground combat Infantry units, the Marines have maintained most standards, requiring women to meet the male standard instead of lowering standards, as the Army continues to do.
That women should not be allowed into ground combat units is self-evident.
Yet, the lack of women signing up (and who couldn't see that coming?) involves BOTH ground combat services in both the Army and Marines... because the Army now only has 500 women serving in ALL combat Arms capacities, without a breakout for Infantry, it's difficult to say how many of these women are in 11 series MOS's.
Even with the lowered standards of the Army, women are still refusing to take the jump, so to speak.
Unfortunately, the Secretary of Defense, Gen. Jim Mattis, has continued the socialization of the military. The mission of the military of the United States is to kill people and break things. Anything outside of that mission detracts from it.
This idiocy concerning the mainstreaming of women, homosexuals, transsexuals, communists and the like... ALL detracts from it.
Is the military more effective or efficient now than it was 20 years ago, technological advances notwithstanding?
There is no right to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. If such a "right" existed, there would be no standards to be met for enlistment. The hundreds of ways an individual can be disqualified for enlistment would simply not exist. And those standards exist for a reason... a reason which, when we throw the snowflake socialization into the mix, seems to simply disappear.
The military sets the standards. And as long as the standards differ between genders and those confused about their genders... there will never be equality and more importantly, there will never be peak combat efficiency or capability.
And when insanity like this persists and the cost is going to be in blood, then it's time to roll these programs back.