This Part Five section of SITREP, together with Parts 1 through 4 and items posted elsewhere in the Essential Resources Section of this website, provide empirical evidence and respected opinions explaining why the Department of Defense is pursuing an anti-women policy. There is no good reason for forcing women into direct ground combat battalions − the smaller "tip of the spear" Army and Marine Corps infantry, armor, artillery, and Special Operations Forces that attack the enemy with deliberate offensive action.
There is no need to impose heavy burdens on the majority of women, most of whom serve in the enlisted ranks. For decades, women have been promoted at rates equal to or faster than men.
At the beginning of 2014, the U.S. Marine Corps and Army are still refusing to reveal two years of intense research on ways to implement President Obama's incremental plans to force (not "allow") military women into the combat arms. Still, major events in recent months have thoroughly discredited the theory that women want to be treated the same as men in the combat arms.
According to the AP, a major survey conducted by the Army last year reported that only 7.5% of women would take a combat arms position if it were offered. This means that 92.5% of military women want nothing to do with land combat assignments.
They will not have any choice, however. During a House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee hearing on July 24, 2013, in answer to a question about whether women could "choose" direct ground combat units, Marine Lt. General Robert Milstead confirmed that assignments will not be voluntary. "That's why we call them orders," said the general. Why is this being portrayed as a "pro-women" policy?
Meanwhile, the Marines were forced to indefinitely postpone a new Physical Fitness Test (PFT) requiring female trainees to perform at least three pull-up exercises -- the minimum number required of men. Fifty-five percent of the female trainees failed, compared to 1 percent of the men.
These realities add to the many reasons why Congress should intervene:
Feb. 26: Washington Post: National Gender Performance in Sports - Fit But Unequal
Feb. 25: AP: Few Army Women Want Combat Jobs
Feb. 18: John Branch, New York Times: Extreme Park Crashes Taking Outsize Toll on Women
Feb. 13: Derrick Wilburn, American Thinker, "Gender Madness Taking Over the Military and Schools"
Jan. 27 Marine Corps Times: Marine Corps Struggles With Challenge of Making Women Do Pull-ups
Jan. 19: Michele Hickford, Editor, AllenBWest.com: A Woman's Thoughts on 'Lone Survivor'
Jan. 17: Jude Eden: Women Fail to Achieve Men's Lowest Standard
Jan. 12: Washington Times, Commentary: DONNELLY: Lowering Female Marines' Physical Standards Puts Politics Before Readiness
Jan. 11: Peter Farmer, Family Security Matters: GI Jane Can't Hang
Jan. 10: Arnold Ahlert, Front Page: Semper Fail
Jan. 10: Marine Corps Times: "Four More Women Drop Out of Marine Infantry Officer Course"
Jan. 9: Washington Times Editorial: Female Marines Can't Do Three Pull-Ups: Show Some Jobs Should be All-Male
Jan. 3: Daniel Wiser, Washington Free Beacon: Marines Delay Three Pull-Up Requirement for Female Recruits
Jan. 2, AP: Marines Delay Fitness Plan After Half Fail
Jan. 1, 2014: Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times, Pentagon Pivots to Social Issues; Providing for Common Defense a Lower Priority, Jan 1, 2014
Dec. 27: NPR: "Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pull-Up Standard"
Dec. 18: Special Ops.org, The Crazy Story of a Marine Locked in Han-to-Hand Combat
Dec. 14: Daniel Wiser, Washington Free Beacon: "Female Integration Into Combat Roles Could Harm National Security"
Nov. 19: Charlotte Hays, Independent Women's Forum blog, "Understanding the Feminist War on Military Culture"
Nov. 17: Mackubin Owens, Washington Times, "The Feminist Campaign to Make Weaklings of America's Warriors"
Oct. 14: Navy Times: Female Combat Vets Report More Assaults
Oct. 9, 2012: Herschel Smith, Captain's Journal, "Goodbye to the Army and Marines: Political Correctness Has Taken Over"
Sep. 6, 2013: Arnold Ahlert, Front Page Magazine, "Sacrificing Military Women on the Altar of 'Diversity' "
Aug. 14, CMR: Spinning the Story on Women in Combat
July/August, 2013: Col. Clark H. Summers, USAR, Military Review Magazine, "Women: The Combat Multiplier of Asymmetric Warfare," pp. 71-78.