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Posted on Apr 18, 2017 Print this Article

Issue 44: April 2017

CMR is pleased to send you recent articles that demonstrate CMR's unique insight and detailed research on military/social issues.

1.  Marine Corps Under Attack

For weeks, media commentators have been attacking the culture of the Marine Corps, due to news of a website called "Marines United."  This and similar male members-only websites in other branches of the service reportedly posted for limited access salacious pictures of female Marines, without their permission.   
Feminist advocates are not letting this opportunity go to waste.  As in previous military sex scandals, this is not about crimes and punishments.  It's about ideology and a full-throated attack on the Marine Corps. 
After the 1991 Navy Tailhook scandal in Las Vegas, critics led by Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-CA) claimed that putting women into combat aviation would solve all sexual misconduct problems.  That didn't happen, but today's advocates and the media are making the same bogus claims now, doubling down with demands for demographic "gender diversity metrics," another name for quotas.

Critics also are making the completely-unsupported claim that men will behave better if the Marine's unique gender-separate training program is made co-ed.  On the contrary, such a plan would make matters worse. Several major studies have confirmed that gender-separate training is superior because women can excel without being forced into competition with physically stronger men.
Distractions must be kept to a minimum during the early process of "making Marines."  Gender-mixing would set up more recruits for failure and increase disciplinary problems that the Marines are trying to stamp out.  CMR will continue to follow this story and comment with fresh perspective anchored in common sense.

2. CMR Predictions About McCain/Obama Commission Prove True
 
As CMR predicted, former President Barack Obama seized an opportunity given him by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ), appointing almost a third of the newly-formed Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. The panel will have $45 million over three years to lay the groundwork for registering young women with Selective Service, and for allowing the government to commandeer the lives of all young people in "National Service" for a year or more.
This loaded commission will be a problem, but it will not have the last word.  Recently Elaine Donnelly had the opportunity to participate in a debate column opposite Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA): 
CMR will continue to report on future developments on the campaign to "Draft America's Daughters."
 
3.  Elaine Donnelly speaks at Hillsdale 35th Annual Leadership Conference  
 
On February 15 CMR President Elaine Donnelly was honored to speak in Phoenix, AZ, at the 35th Annual National Leadership Conference sponsored by Hillsdale College, a famously independent educational institution located in Michigan.  Donnelly addressed approximately 850 friendly attendees on the subject "Women in the Military: Current Policy and Fighting Capability," and answered a number of questions at the end of her talk.  You can see the video of Elaine's illustrated Hillsdale College speech here: 

 
Elaine Donnelly
 
You may also enjoy the posted videos of excellent presentations by Hillsdale President Larry Arnn, author Christopher Caldwell, and intelligence expert Herbert E. Meyer.  Popular columnist Mark Steyn spoke the day before at dinner, and mentioned Elaine during a discussion of political correctness in the military while he was sitting in for Rush Limbaugh a few days later.
 
4.  CMR Website Redesign: Work in Progress
 
We are deeply grateful to all contributors who responded to our recent fundraising appeal.  Thanks to your generosity, we are working with a fine company, WMTEK, Inc., to update our website www.cmrlink.org.  The new website will be more contemporary, productive, and cell-phone-user-friendly. We look forward to going "live" with the new design soon.
 
Thank you for your continued help!
 
 
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The Center for Military Readiness, founded in 1993, is an independent, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) public policy organization that reports on and analyzes military/social issues.  Nothing in this article should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate or legislation. More information on all issues discussed is available on the CMR website,  www.cmrlink.org 
Posted on Apr 18, 2017 Print this Article