Military Culture & Diversity
September 23, 2015

The following op-ed by CMR President Elaine Donnelly was published in the Washington Times Commentary section under the title Marines Lives Matter (Sept. 15, 2015)

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced his intent to disregard the best professional advice of the Marine Corps.  Not on a minor issue, like buying helicopters.  This is about “gender diversity” mandates that could cost lives in land combat missions involving national security. 

In 2012, the Marines initiated scientific research on the physical and operational consequences of assigning women to combat arms units such as infantry, armor, artillery, and Special Operations Forces.  At the point of the bayonet, these units attack the enemy with deliberate offensive action.

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June 22, 2015

The Pentagon Makes Sexual Orientation a Special Class

In the classic TV series “M*A*S*H*,” Corp. Maxwell Klinger, played by Jamie Farr, dressed in women’s clothes in hopes that he might be sent home from the Korean War.  Decades later, Pentagon officials have embraced policies that might encourage real-life “Corp. Klingers” to cross-dress in order to qualify for “sexual orientation” diversity promotions. 

This is not an outlandish scenario, given what Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said during the 4th Annual LGBT Equality Day celebration at the Pentagon on June 9.   The event celebrated lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders in the military  . . .  Read More

February 20, 2015
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released a new report on the issue of women in land combat titled: Women in Ground Close Combat (GCC) Review Paper − 01 December 2014.  Even though the 29-page document appears to have been written by one faction and edited by another, the report includes specific, highly-relevant  information that should be reviewed by Congress, policy makers, and everyone who supports our military nationwide.  . . . Read More

October 3, 2014

Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat?

The Center for Military Readiness has released an Interim CMR Special Report that reveals and analyzes ongoing U.S. Marine Corps research on issues surrounding women in direct ground combat (DGC) units

The Interim CMR Special Report reveals previously-undisclosed findings derived from research done since 2012, when former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta set in motion incremental steps to repeal all of women's exemptions from direct ground combat units by January 2016.  These include Marine and Army infantry, armor, artillery, Special Operations Forces and Navy Seals − small fighting teams that engage the enemy with deliberate offensive action. ... Read More

April 5, 2014

General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., the 30th Commandant, was a man of character, a mentor, and a good  friend I've known since 1994.  On April 2 he died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, having struggled with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma.  His email updates describing the ups and downs of what was happening since his diagnosis last June reflected serenity and even a bit of humor as "Team Mundy" closed ranks. 

Many memories come to mind.  In the millennium year, we were the guests of the 32nd Commandant, General Jim Jones, at the International Naval Review 2000 in New York Harbor.  My photos of the splendid flotilla of tall ships sailing by our observation post aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau, anchored near the carrier USS Kennedy, included the World Trade Center in the background.

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