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While you weren’t looking, the Obama administration made sure not to let a crisis go to waste and the SECDEF opened all combat positions in the military to women.
Washington (CNN)All U.S. military combat positions are being opened up to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday.
The decision allows women to fill about 220,000 jobs that are now limited to men — including infantry, armor, reconnaissance and some special operations units.
“This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before. They’ll be able to drive tanks, give orders, lead infantry soldiers into combat,” Carter said at a news conference Thursday.
They won’t meet the standards because the current standards are “too high”. Once the standards are lowered (or men not wanting to be accused of sexism let failures pass) they won’t contribute to the mission because they’ll be – by definition – substandard, and they won’t be able to drive tanks, give orders, or lead infantry soldiers into combat as well as the men currently in those jobs. Also, the men who come in after the adjusted standards will also be substandard. The entire military will suffer.
“There will be no exceptions,” Carter said.
Carter’s historic announcement comes after years-long reviews, and after public push-back from the Marine Corps, which had sought exceptions to keep positions such as infantry, machine gunner, fire support and reconnaissance to men. A Marine Corps study suggests all-male squads are more effective in combat and less likely to be injured than integrated groups.
Carter acknowledged the Marines’ resistance, but said he’d decided to set a policy that covers the full department.
“We are a joint force, and I’ve decided to make a decision that applies to the entire force,” Carter said.
He will never be laying in the street bleeding and needing someone to carry him to safety.
“Moving forward,” Dunford said, “my focus is to lead the full integration of women in a manner that maintains our joint warfighting capability, ensures the health and welfare of our people, and optimizes how we leverage talent across the Joint Force.”
Ah, moving forward – the relentless march of progressivism. It will not maintain warfighting capability, will not ensure health and welfare, and will not “optimize leveraging talent”.
He acknowledged that “some service members, men and women, have a perception that integration would be pursued at a cost of combat effectiveness.”
And they’re correct. Combat effectiveness is meaningless to a man who will never face combat and whose world consists of what’s best for the party.
However, Carter said: “The military has long prided itself on being a meritocracy.”
It’s only been a partial meritocracy recently, and now it’s not a meritocracy at all.
Standards will drop, combat effectiveness will fall, the hard scientific biological differences of men and women will be ignored in the name of progressively harming the US and all its institutions, and the military and the US will suffer.
Tags: Women in Combat
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.
For those unawares, the Marine Corps birthday is November 10. Back in 1775 it was formed in a bar called the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, where Samuel Nicholas was tasked with creating a Continental Marine force for the colonies. There’s been a lot of history since then.
Happy Birthday, Marines.