Women in Combat
March 1, 2006

The latest RAND study, titled "New Opportunities for Women: Effects Upon Readiness, Cohesion and Morale"comes with the usual feminist spin. Thousands of military occupations were opened to women three years ago, but few have been filled with female soldiers.

Never mind that the majority of women might be avoiding unpleasant, previously all-male near-combat jobs, or are simply unqualified for them. According to Army figures, every time a person is mal-assigned to an occupation beyond their physical capabilities, it costs at least $16,000 to transfer them elsewhere. Nevertheless, ideologues suggest that gender quotas should be used to force women where they shouldn't or don't want to go. . . Read More

June 1, 2005

Legislation rarely passes on the first try, but Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, accomplished a great deal when he took on some big guns on the issue of women in combat. After more than a decade of neglect, Congress is now engaged in this issue, and the Army has been put on notice that they cannot force women into land combat without Congress having a say.

On May 11 Chairman Hunter surprised his colleagues by co-sponsoring, with Military Personnel Subcommittee Chairman John McHugh (R-NY), an amendment to the 2006 Defense Authorization Billthat would specifically apply current DoD regulations regarding women to the Army’s new, modular land combat teams. The legislation would have prohibited female soldiers from serving in smaller forward support companies that “collocate” (operate 100% of the time) with land combat battalions such as the infantry. These “FSCs” differ from larger support units at the brigade level, which currently include women. . . Read More

May 24, 2005

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has taken a principled stand in co-sponsoring legislation to prevent the Army officials from forcing female soldiers in or near land combat units. With the support of Military Subcommittee Chairman John McHugh (R-NY), Hunter successfully inserted language into the 2006 Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1815) that would codify Defense Department regulations that exempt women from involuntary assignments in or near land combat units.

During a one-hour debate in the full committee on May 18, which culminated in a voice vote along partisan lines, Hunter and McHugh successfully led the committee in defeating several attempts by Democratic committee members to strike or weaken the legislation. The current Hunter/McHugh Amendment, which would simply codify current Defense Department regulations governing personnel policies in all branches of the military, is more comprehensive than an earlier version that was approved by the Military Personnel Subcommittee(9-7) on May 11, which applied only to the U.S. Army. . . Read More

March 14, 2005
The following is the text of the second Request for Corrective Action filed by the Center for Military Readiness, asking that the Department of the Army be brought into compliance with current Defense Department (DoD) policy regarding the assignment of female soldiers in or near land combat units, and with a law requiring prior notice to Congress before such rules are changes. The first request was filed on June 25, 2004, but no substantive action was taken. . . Read More

March 14, 2005

After months of pressure on the Department of the Army, which caused the service to adjust but not end single-minded efforts to force female soldiers into land-combat collocated units, the Center for Military Readiness filed a formal Request for Corrective Action with the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector Generalon March 9.

The request for intervention focuses on a “Women in the Army Point Paper,” produced by the office of Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey on January 24. Officials claim that the document is “pre-decisional,” but it is being implemented anyway. The Army also claims that what is now being called a “concept” is in compliance with current Defense Department (DoD) rules. The four-page point paper, however, arbitrarily changes the “gender codes” of 24 of 225 positions in a formerly all-male forward support company assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, GAand recently deployed to Iraq. . . Read More

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