Training Standards & Health
August 14, 2012

"Diversity Metrics" Would Degrade Elite Training

Note:  More information on this topic is available in Part II of this article, and in the Essential Resources section of this Website.

Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno surprised and dismayed infantry and Special Operations Forces veterans when he announced in May that he might send female officers to Ranger school.  Gen. Odierno did not claim that combat readiness in the Army would benefit from such a policy change.  Nor did the general try to claim that physical test requirements for women in Ranger training would remain the same as today's tough training for men.  . . . Read More

August 14, 2012

Empirical  Evidence Discredits Amazon Myths

Note:  More information on this topic is available in Part I of this article, and in the Essential Resources section of this Website.

Whenever the question of women in the infantry comes up, well-meaning observers often comment that such assignments should be allowed (actually, ordered) if women can meet the same  physical standards as men.  . . . Read More

February 21, 2012
On February 9 the Department of Defense announced incremental steps to implement a report advocating doctrinaire "diversity" in the military.  Central to this campaign, which briefers described as "just the beginning, not the end," are plans to order female soldiers into direct ground combat units such as Army and Marine infantry and Special Operations Forces.  These fighting battalions, which attack the enemy with deliberate offensive action, face conditions and physical demands that go far beyond the experience of being "in harm's way."  . . . Read More

May 13, 2010

Undersea Medicine Expert Warns of Health, Operational Problems

The push to assign women to submarines began in September, 2009, when Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead started promoting the idea as if women’s career opportunities were the only consideration. The Center for Military Readiness issued an immediate news release, drawing attention to irresolvable problems with the program—none of which had nothing to do with the abilities of female officers or sailors.

In addition to habitability concerns in confined submarine spaces, health risks unique to women  . . . Read More

September 3, 2003
In the fall of 1996 sensational news of sex scandals broke out at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, and at several gender-integrated basic training facilities.  The nation was shocked to learn that drill sergeants were abusing female trainees by engaging in forced or consensual sex that was exploitive, contrary to military law, and seriously wrong by any measure. The atmosphere of indiscipline in programs that were supposed to teach military discipline were an unfortunate but predictable consequence of social policies implemented by the administration of then-President Bill Clinton.  In 1994, Clinton’s Secretary of the Army Togo D. West and Assistant Secretary Sara Lister ordered gender-integration of basic training programs to improve the morale of female trainees. . . Read More

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