Training Standards & Health
December 1, 2015

U.S. Marine Corps Research Findings: Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat?

The Center for Military Readiness has released a new two-section, 38-page Interim CMR Special Report that analyzes recently-released results of U.S. Marine Corps research done on the subject of Women in Direct Ground Combat.  Data released to date confirm that implementation of plans to order women into direct ground combat units by January 2016 would needlessly harm military women, men in the combat arms, and the All-Volunteer Force on which national security depends.

CMR President Elaine Donnelly has called on Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to honor his own promise that his decision regarding women in close combat recommendations would rely on “the analytic underpinnings and the data supporting them.”  By that measure, Donnelly said, “Secretary Carter must assign greater weight to Marine Corps empirical evidence than he does to wishful thinking, unsupported speculations, and ‘mitigation myths.’ “ 

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September 23, 2015

The following op-ed by CMR President Elaine Donnelly was published in the Washington Times Commentary section under the title Marines Lives Matter (Sept. 15, 2015)

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced his intent to disregard the best professional advice of the Marine Corps.  Not on a minor issue, like buying helicopters.  This is about “gender diversity” mandates that could cost lives in land combat missions involving national security. 

In 2012, the Marines initiated scientific research on the physical and operational consequences of assigning women to combat arms units such as infantry, armor, artillery, and Special Operations Forces.  At the point of the bayonet, these units attack the enemy with deliberate offensive action.

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August 18, 2015

The U.S. Army has announced that for the first time ever, two female officers are about to graduate from the exceptionally tough, three-phase Ranger Course.  The Center for Military Readiness (CMR) congratulates the still-unnamed U.S. Military Academy graduates for persevering and earning their colleagues’ respect. 

There is reason for caution, however, before drawing the conclusion that women in the military should be considered interchangeable with men in combat arms units such as the infantry, armor, cannon field artillery, and Special Operations Forces

CMR takes issue with Obama Defense Department leaders and “politicians in uniform.”  These include Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jon Greenert – who, according to an AP report, [i] wants to gender-integrate Navy SEAL teams ˗˗ Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who overruled surface Navy concerns about enormous costs for restructuring small ships for gender-integration, and just-retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno. . . . Read More

February 20, 2015
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released a new report on the issue of women in land combat titled: Women in Ground Close Combat (GCC) Review Paper − 01 December 2014.  Even though the 29-page document appears to have been written by one faction and edited by another, the report includes specific, highly-relevant  information that should be reviewed by Congress, policy makers, and everyone who supports our military nationwide.  . . . Read More

October 3, 2014

Where is the Case for Co-Ed Ground Combat?

The Center for Military Readiness has released an Interim CMR Special Report that reveals and analyzes ongoing U.S. Marine Corps research on issues surrounding women in direct ground combat (DGC) units

The Interim CMR Special Report reveals previously-undisclosed findings derived from research done since 2012, when former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta set in motion incremental steps to repeal all of women's exemptions from direct ground combat units by January 2016.  These include Marine and Army infantry, armor, artillery, Special Operations Forces and Navy Seals − small fighting teams that engage the enemy with deliberate offensive action. ... Read More

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