It’s from the Duffelblog, a comedy/parody military news site, so it is a made up story, but it’s also pretty much true. For those who missed the setup, read here about Sgt Maj LeHew discussing the failures of trying to put women into combat roles. Basically they found out that water is wet, despite trying their damnedest to find the opposite under political pressure.
QUANTICO, Va. — Sgt. Maj. Justin LeHew was notified this week that he will receive an other than honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, sources report, after LeHew recently ruined his career by releasing negative study results instead of destroying them.
LeHew, the Sergeant Major of Marine Corps Training and Education Command, made the career ending move last month, by publicly releasing the methodology and results of a study that found gender-integrated infantry units performed worse than all male ones.
In his publicly-visible Facebook post, LeHew said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was “way off base” in his comments on women in the infantry, also adding that he was “unfair to women who participated in the study.” Since his remarks, LeHew has been “unavailable for comment,” reportedly chained in the basement of the Commandant’s home, sources say.
“His mistake was announcing facts,” Lt. Gen. Paul K. Van Riper (Ret.) said. “When faced with facts contrary to what the military and Congress wants, the facts must be changed. It’s standard procedure.”
Van Riper was speaking from experience. In 2002 he was the opposing general in the 2002 Millennium Challenge, where he led an inferior foe to victory against American forces. The exercise was started over with rule changes to ensure Van Riper could not win again.
The Millenium Challenge is worth reading about at their link. While the quotes attributed to Van Riper are made up for humor purposes in the story… the story of the Millenium Challenge is not.
Not all negative results are supressed. A study found that despite an Army Optimism Program, 52 percent of soldiers had low morale. The Army took quick action to solve this problem by lowering the threshold of what it considered an unhappy soldier. Now only 9 percent of soldiers have low morale.
That would be funnier were it not for being basically what’s been done with (as one example) employment numbers by the Obama administration. Redefine someone who’s unemployed as “no longer participating in the labor force” and then you don’t count them as unemployed.