During the marathon session to mark up sections of the annual National Defense Authorization Act for 2015, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) casually approved a problematic amendment to the massive bill that should have gotten closer scrutiny. Sponsored by California Democrat Loretta Sanchez, the amendment named "SIR" for "She is Ready," is no less bad because it could have been worse.
Sanchez' initial proposal would have mandated that women who have gotten through infantry training as part of current research programs should be allowed to join the infantry, regardless of the physical, operational, and legal consequences for themselves and everyone else. Senior committee members correctly opposed that irresponsible idea, but they still agreed to other ...Read More
Marines "Experimental Task Force" Unlikely to Change Reality
Under orders from the Department of Defense, the Marines have been conducting research on whether it makes sense to assign women to direct ground combat units. Partial findings released so far indicate that this is not a good idea. Enter the "Marine Corps Force Integration Plan," a recently established experiment that some advocates hope will produce something. . .anything. . .that supports the theory that women can "succeed" in the combat arms.
The Center for Military Readiness has produced a concise but comprehensive CMR Policy Analysis presenting the latest information about ongoing "research" on the misguided push for women in direct ground (infantry) combat. After two years of trying, results do not appear to fit the template the Pentagon had in mind:Read More
Pentagon civilians and military leaders keep claiming that when women serve in the combat arms, all standards will be "gender-neutral." Now comes reality, revealed in a new physical fitness test with "gender-neutral" minimum requirements.Owing to well-documented physiological differences, 55 percent of female Marine boot camp trainees, compared to 1 percent of men, were unable to perform a new minimum test: three pull-ups to demonstrate upper body strength. Plans for women in combat, still moving forward, just hit an iceberg that is bigger than boot camp. . . . Read More
President Barack Obama is pushing hard for women in direct ground combat units, to include Army and Marine infantry and Special Operations Forces. Under Defense Department mandates for "gender diversity," women will be incrementally ordered (not "allowed") into land combat battalions by January 2016.
Acquiescent military service chiefs keep insisting that training requirements will be "the same," implying standards will be as high as before. However, as the Center for Military Readiness reports in this CMR Policy Analysis, the fine print "catch" is hidden in plain sight:Double-Think About Double Standards"Gender-Neutral" Training To Include Gender-Normed Scores
For many months, the Center for Military Readiness has been analyzing the Marine Corps's plan to research the possibility of assigning women to infantry battalions. General James Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, announced the multi-phased research project with a Memo to All Marines on April 23, 2012. Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution has written an article about that project, still in progress, and its implications for the future of the Marine Corps: