From the Gannett-owned MarineCorpsTimes:
QUANTICO, VA. — Fifteen female Marines began enlisted infantry training this week as part of the Marine Corps’ ongoing research into which additional jobs it should open to female personnel, officials said.
The women will attend the Infantry Training Battalion course at Camp Geiger, N.C., on an experimental basis, focusing on the 0311 infantry rifleman program of instruction after the first few weeks of training, said Leon Pappa, a retired lieutenant colonel with Training and Education Command who oversees the research. They will not receive the 0311 military occupational specialty if they graduate, but Marine officials will note it in their record for tracking purposes.
“We’re not changing the standards on how we track performance,” Pappa told reporters in a meeting here Wednesday. “We’re doing it the same way we do it for the males.”
I’ve already explained how women in combat MOSes is a bad idea, in Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six. One of the biggest consistent arguments, not just from me, but from plenty of other combat vets, is that not only is there no real benefit to adding women in combat-specific roles for a variety of physical and social reasons, but also that when they invariably fail, some social engineer will change it so that women will succeed. 2+2 will be made to equal 5.
Combat is a heartless monster, and while training can be gender-normed to uselessness by political correctness, combat will not accede to social planners’ designs.
Someone will have to carry a substandard troop’s weight. There are already substandard men who sneak by. That there will be a whole category of substandard women, protected by politics, will help no one, and will harm the mission, the men who have to carry the extra weight, and the women who should never have been put there to begin with. It will also hurt the superhuman amazon who might have been able to pass an unchanged standard and do the job with a waiver – she won’t be challenged to meet a grueling standard, she’ll be able to pass the weaker one.
Retiree-who-doesn’t-have-to-fight-with-them Pappa says that there’s no change in standards on how they track performance. That doesn’t mean the requirements are necessarily the same, just the tracking is the same. Because buried in the bottom of the story is this, about women who failed the Infantry Officer Course:
The research is similar to work that began here last year at the Infantry Officer Course. Female volunteers have been allowed to try the grueling course, but none has passed. The next version of IOC begins next week, and the Corps expects four female volunteers to participate, Pappa said. (ST: Emphasis mine.)
Note those few words there – “the next version of IOC“. Not “the next session”, not “the next class”, not “the next group of candidates”. The “next version of Infantry Officer Course”.
If you were going to buy a new car and had to order it from the factory to specific specs just how you wanted it, and you asked “when will it be here?” and they said “the next group of cars comes off the line next month”, you’d probably be thinking your car was on the way pretty soon, built to exacty what you wanted. If you asked “when will it be here?” and they said “the next version of cars comes off the line next month”, you’d be wondering what changed. What happened to the car you ordered, that you wanted built to your specifications? You’re not getting “the next order of cars” or “the next allotment” or “the next run”, you’re getting “the next version“.
The behind-the-scenes is most likely what has played out every time. Retiree Pappa is tasked with making sure women pass the course. Instructors at the IOC are told “the women will pass the course”. Their jobs, their careers, their futures are on the line. Politics will order a lowered standard, and failures will be passed.
Everyone in the military has seen it in one form or another already (what immediately comes to mind is one male academic failure who failed his MOS school final, but was passed anyway because he was well-liked… he went on to show himself to be a coward in Iraq).
No one in the military will benefit, everyone will be hurt. The only benefit is in the cocktail party leftist political correctness social engineer circles, politicians and elite snots who will pride themselves on creating a more equal military, patting themselves on the back with false comparisons to righting historical wrongs that their own progressive party inflicted on others. They’ll say how wonderful and progressive they are, and good men and women will die for their desire to see “progress” where such a thing is a physical impossibility.