During a closed-door mark-up session of the Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2016, Chairman John McCain sponsored without prior notice a controversial provision for the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). If McCain’s “Draft America’s Daughters” legislation had been passed and signed into law, young women as well as men would have been required to register with Selective Service (SS) for a possible military draft.Chairman McCain’s legislation also called for a National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service to review the future of the Selective Service system and to consider ways to encourage . . . Read More
CMR Policy Analysis Examines Consequences of New Transgender Policy
The Obama Administration has announced final plans to impose on the military the President’s most extreme social experiment yet: a policy regarding transgenders in the military that orders all personnel to deny scientific facts regarding human biology.Pentagon officials appear to have no idea what they are doing, and unrealistic guidelines for implementation will be of little help to local commanders trying to make sense out of nonsense. . . . Read More
At the September 28 CNN Townhall meeting with President Barack Obama and a military group at Fort Lee, VA, Marine Capt. Lauren Serrano courageously asked a respectful but challenging question about women in direct ground combat Capt. Serrano’s question was accurate and appropriately asked of the Commander-in-Chief. President Obama did not explain why he ignored the best professional advice of the Marine Corps on the issue of women in the infantry.
See CNN Transcript and Video Clip here: Obama/Serrano Question - Sept. 28, 2016Following three years of intense research, including field tests designed to prove the hypothesis that women could perform as well as men performing tasks that are common in land combat, then-Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford exercised his option to formally request that infantry and Special Operations Forces remain all-male. . . . Read More
What Do Female Olympians Know that the Pentagon Doesn’t?
For years, feminists have insisted that military women couldn’t wait to be treated like men in “tip of the spear” direct ground combat units. Now that their social experiment is underway, Pentagon officials are having trouble finding women who want to participate.The Army’s top enlisted man, Sgt. Maj. Dan Dailey, recently found it necessary to beg female non-commissioned officers to “step up” and transfer into combat arms units such as the infantry.  Shortages of female NCOs should not have been a surprise. Smart women won’t put their careers and health at disproportionate risk just to prove bogus theories about “gender equality.” ... Read More
Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, his administration has delivered on campaign promises to impose radical social agendas on our military. The Center for Military Readiness is pleased to report that the 2016 Republican National Convention has resolved to objectively review and repair the damage.
CMR is non-partisan, but for months leading up to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, we worked in various ways to identify a potential Commander-in-Chief who shares our concerns. The 2016 presidential election will be critically important to the future of our military.The process began in January we asked questions of Republican candidates with the 2016 Quadrennial CMR Presidential Candidate Survey. The dual purpose was to provide background and prepare the various candidates for public questions about CMR issues, and to inform voters of their responses to our survey questions. . . Read More
Carter Takes LGBT Agenda to Extremes
On June 30, just before the end of "LGBT Equality Month,” Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that transgender individuals may serve openly in the military. The news conference transcript reveals that Secretary Carter was oblivious to the full impact of what he had just announced.
A reporter asked whether the Defense Department would add “gender identity” or “transgender status” to Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) regulations that ban discrimination based on race, creed, color, gender, or national origin. At first Carter said, “I don’t know the specific answer to that.” After prompting, he agreed that it would “make sense” to recognize transgenderism as a special non-discrimination class.Read More
Myths about gender equality in the military are starting to crumble under the pressure of actual experience. Witness the recent Associated Press report that 6 of 7 female Marine recruits failed to qualify in training for direct ground combat assignments.The women deserve credit for trying, but it matters that 86 percent of them, compared to 3 percent of the men, could not meet gender-neutral tests of upper body strength, stamina, and running speed. Mostly-civilian “experts” had predicted that 200 women per year would qualify for ground combat assignments. The emperor's new clothes, it seems, are getting a bit gauzy. ... Read More
Generals’ Opinions Misconstrued as “Recommendation”
During a May 19 Senate Armed Services Committee session marking-up the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 (NDAA - SR 2814), Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) pushed for and passed legislation to register women for Selective Service and a possible future draft.Chairman McCain also proposed an unnecessary Commission on Military, National, and Public Service to look for additional ways for the government officials and politically-correct organizations to commandeer young people’s lives. ... Read More
As if our military doesn’t have enough problems, on April 27 the House Armed Services Committee narrowly approved legislation to “Draft America’s Daughters.” If the misguided measure makes it into law, Military Selective Service Act (MSSA) obligations would be imposed on young women between the ages of 18-26, on the same basis as men.
This is more than a symbolic gesture. Drafting unsuspecting girls-next-door in a future national emergency would create a political crisis and a paralyzing administrative overload that would weaken our armed forces at the worst possible time.
During the House committee markup, Marine veteran Duncan Hunter (R-CA) proposed and requested a roll-call vote on his “Draft America’s Daughters” amendment to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA - HR 4909). Hunter said he wanted to . . .Read More
Congress and the Next President Should Review Results of Research on Women in Combat
On February 2, 2016, the Senate Armed Services Committee held the first hearing on women in combat since 1991, 25 years ago. Appearing at the hearing were Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, Gen. Mark Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, and Gen. Robert Neller, the Commandant of the Marine Corps.Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain invited the Center for Military Readiness to submit a Statement for the Record for the hearing. The full 37-page statement, which is supported by extensive footnotes and links to cited sources, ... Read More
147 Women Killed in War on TerrorSince the attack on America on September 11, 2001, a total of 147 women deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait have lost their lives in service to America.