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July 6, 2016

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.

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June 26, 2016

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

May 27, 2016

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

May 2, 2016

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 . . .

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February 20, 2016

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

February 16, 2016

Cruz Calls Idea “Nuts”

UPDATE #2: CMR Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey

The New Hampshire Presidential Primary revealed what may be the first signs of voter concern about political correctness and social experiments in the military.  Following conflicting comments about Selective Service from four Republican presidential candidates, some voters may be worried about their daughters and granddaughters being registered for a possible future draft. . . . Read More

January 26, 2016

CMR Conducts 2016 Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey

It’s 11:00 PM – Do you know where your presidential candidate stands on women in land combat?  What about registering unsuspecting girls-next-door for Selective Service, without a vote of Congress? 

And will the next president continue LGBT celebrations promoting transgenders in the military, while encouraging threats to religious liberty in the military?  The 2016 CMR Quadrennial Presidential Candidate Survey aims to find out where the candidates stand . . . Read More

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December 4, 2015

Yesterday, President Barack Obama and Secretary Carter overruled the best professional advice of the U.S. Marine Corps in matters involving life, death, and national security.  Secretary Carter also broke his own promise to base his decision on the quality of scientific research behind the military services’ recommendations. 

This Executive Summary of the Interim CMR Special Report – Part II, which CMR released on Tuesday, highlights in Section A empirical data and findings that the Secretary has ignored at great peril.  Section B refutes unworkable “mitigation” proposals that the services are supposed to implement by April Fool’s Day, 2016. ... Read More

December 1, 2015

U.S. Marine Corps Research Findings: Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat?

The Center for Military Readiness has released a new two-section, 38-page Interim CMR Special Report that analyzes recently-released results of U.S. Marine Corps research done on the subject of Women in Direct Ground Combat.  Data released to date confirm that implementation of plans to order women into direct ground combat units by January 2016 would needlessly harm military women, men in the combat arms, and the All-Volunteer Force on which national security depends.

CMR President Elaine Donnelly has called on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to honor his own promise that his decision regarding women in close combat recommendations would rely on “the analytic underpinnings and the data supporting them.”  By that measure, Donnelly said, “Secretary Carter must assign greater weight to Marine Corps empirical evidence than he does to wishful thinking, unsupported speculations, and ‘mitigation myths.’ “ 

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October 13, 2015

CMR Analyzes USMC Women in Combat Research Data: Part II

After four years of comprehensive Marine Corps research, results clearly show that the case for women in direct ground combat still has not been made.  In fact, tests have produced highly credible, reality-based, empirical data that discredits theories about gender equality in the combat arms.

This is the unmistakable message conveyed in a significant memorandum signed by Brig. Gen. George W. Smith, Jr., Director of the Marine Corps Force Innovation Office at Quantico, VA, which the Center for Military Readiness has analyzed here:

Interim CMR Special Report – Part II, Section A

U.S. Marine Corps Research Finding: Where Is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat?

General Smith’s 14-page August 18, 2015, memorandum to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, released with 19 additional pages, included . . . Read More

April 1, 2013

147 Women Killed in War on Terror

Since 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.

Most Americans, and even members of the media, are not aware that 147 brave servicewomen have died in the War on Terrorism. With few exceptions, news stories about their tragic deaths usually appear only in the military press, or in small hometown newspaper stories and television accounts that rarely capture national attention . . . Read More

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