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
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