Pentagon civilians and military leaders keep claiming that when women serve in the combat arms, all standards will be "gender-neutral." Now comes reality, revealed in a new physical fitness test with "gender-neutral" minimum requirements.Owing to well-documented physiological differences, 55 percent of female Marine boot camp trainees, compared to 1 percent of men, were unable to perform a new minimum test: three pull-ups to demonstrate upper body strength. Plans for women in combat, still moving forward, just hit an iceberg that is bigger than boot camp. . . . Read More
President Barack Obama is pushing hard for women in direct ground combat units, to include Army and Marine infantry and Special Operations Forces. Under Defense Department mandates for "gender diversity," women will be incrementally ordered (not "allowed") into land combat battalions by January 2016.
Acquiescent military service chiefs keep insisting that training requirements will be "the same," implying standards will be as high as before. However, as the Center for Military Readiness reports in this CMR Policy Analysis, the fine print "catch" is hidden in plain sight:Double-Think About Double Standards"Gender-Neutral" Training To Include Gender-Normed Scores
For many months, the Center for Military Readiness has been analyzing the Marine Corps's plan to research the possibility of assigning women to infantry battalions. General James Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, announced the multi-phased research project with a Memo to All Marines on April 23, 2012. Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution has written an article about that project, still in progress, and its implications for the future of the Marine Corps:
"Diversity Metrics" Would Degrade Elite Training
Note: More information on this topic is available in Part II of this article, and in the Essential Resources section of this Website.Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno surprised and dismayed infantry and Special Operations Forces veterans when he announced in May that he might send female officers to Ranger school. Gen. Odierno did not claim that combat readiness in the Army would benefit from such a policy change. Nor did the general try to claim that physical test requirements for women in Ranger training would remain the same as today's tough training for men. . . . Read More
Empirical Evidence Discredits Amazon Myths
Note: More information on this topic is available in Part I of this article, and in the Essential Resources section of this Website.Whenever the question of women in the infantry comes up, well-meaning observers often comment that such assignments should be allowed (actually, ordered) if women can meet the same physical standards as men. . . . Read More