This section includes the "fourth wave" of articles and commentaries that are continuing to question the judgment of Pentagon leaders who are preparing to order women into direct ground combat battalions. These are the smaller "tip of the spear" Army and Marine Corps infantry, armor, artillery, and Special Operations Forces that attack the enemy with deliberate offensive action. During a House Armed Services Personnel Committee on July 24, in answer to a question about whether women could "choose" direct ground combat units, Marine Lt. General Robert Milstead confirmed that assignments will not be voluntary. "That's why we call them orders," said the general.
There is no evidence that anything more than a small minority of military women want to be treated like men in direct ground combat. The most recent online survey done in August by the Military Times asked active-duty female readers whether they would want to take a combat job once it was open to them. Of the female respondents, 13% said Yes, 9% were not sure, and 77% of uniformed women said No, they would not take a combat job. (Aug. 19, Navy Times)
The Center for Military Readiness submitted a statement for the record of a House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee hearing on July 24, 2013:
The following are articles by many commentators who have criticized the Defense Department's moves to force women in to direct ground combat. Additional op-eds and articles are available in Part 3, Part 2, and Part 1.
Jul 29 Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, USA Ret Wash. Times: Sending Our Daughters to War
Jun 25 Patrick Buchanan: The Pentagon's Surrender to Feminism
Jun 12 Thomas Sowell: Sex and the Military
May 24 Marine Corps Gazette: Let us Fight for You - The Moral Imperative of a Masculine Military
May 22, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Greenfield: A Gender-Neutral Army
Apr 17 Washington Times Editorial: What Warriors Know
Mar. 7 Jack Murphy, SOFREP: The Inconvenient Truth About Women in Combat - Part II
Feb. 25 Maggie Gallagher: Is President Obama Willing to Draft Women Like Julia?
Feb. 23 Harold Hutchison, Soldier of Fortune, New Policy Puts Women Under Fire
Feb 12 Jude Eden: Part 4: Let the Men Be Heroes - Because They Are
Feb. 8 Jack Murphy, SOFREP: The Inconvenient Truth About Women in Combat - Part I
Feb 5 Jeffrey H. Anderson, The Weekly Standard, Women in Combat Civilizing?
Feb 4 Jude Eden: Part 3: Women in Combat Units vs. Military's Sexual Assault Problem
Jan 25 Jude Eden: Part 1: The Problem(s) with Women in Combat
Jan 31 Kevin O'Brien, Cleveland Plain-Dealer: Women in Combat is a Lousy Idea
Jan 24 Washington Times: Chumley: Casting Doubt on Female Fighters
Jan 21 Washington Times, Donnelly: Measuring Risks for Women in Combat
Additional Articles of Interest:
Aug 7 Wash. Examiner: Retired Top Marine Hasn't Softened Stance on Women, Gays in the Military
Jul 19 New York Times Blog: Marines Share Frank Views With Hagel on Women in Combat
Jul 3 Marine Corps Times: Two More Women Fail Marine Infantry Test
Jun 27 Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times - GI Jane: Special Operations Forces Are Worried About Adding Women
May 23 Harold Hutchison, Soldier of Fortune, "Army Considering New Physical Standards"
May 2013 CMR Policy Analysis:
Apr 2013 CMR Policy Analysis: