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.Read More
The U.S. Army has announced that for the first time ever, two female officers are about to graduate from the exceptionally tough, three-phase Ranger Course. The Center for Military Readiness (CMR) congratulates the still-unnamed U.S. Military Academy graduates for persevering and earning their colleagues’ respect.
There is reason for caution, however, before drawing the conclusion that women in the military should be considered interchangeable with men in combat arms units such as the infantry, armor, cannon field artillery, and Special Operations Forces.CMR takes issue with Obama Defense Department leaders and “politicians in uniform.” These include Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jon Greenert – who, according to an AP report, [i] wants to gender-integrate Navy SEAL teams ˗˗ Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who overruled surface Navy concerns about enormous costs for restructuring small ships for gender-integration, and just-retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. . . . Read More
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
The Issue is Oversight – Does Congress Care about Women in the Military?
Nearly 100 distinguished retired military and civilian organization leaders have co-signed a Military Culture Coalition (MCC) letter expressing concerns about the lack of congressional oversight on the issue of women being ordered into direct ground combat units such as the infantry:Read More