Women in Combat
March 1, 2002
Friday, March 1, 2002 Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, praised the Bush Administration for not renewing the charter of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), which expired at midnight yesterday, February 28. (See "Women’s Panel to Get New Orders," Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times, March 1, 2002) In a statement she said, "I am encouraged because the decision not to automatically extend the charter indicates that the Bush Administration is giving this matter serious thought. My hope is that they are looking at this as a national defense issue, not just a women’s issue. "With so many uniformed women serving well in positions of high rank, there is no need for a group of amateur civilian women to tell the Defense Department what to do. . . Read More

February 28, 2002
Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, disputed claims made by Rep. Heather Wilson, (R-NM), who met with Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz yesterday to promote renewal of the charter of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. (Washington Times, "Panel on Military Women in Peril," Feb. 28) Donnelly recommended that the two-year charter of the DACOWITS not be extended beyond its expiration date, which is today, February 28: "Congresswoman Wilson is out of line in threatening the Deputy Secretary of Defense with 'strenuous opposition' in the middle of a war. Military women who are serving their country well don't need the civilian women of DACOWITS to go 'outside the chain of command' to express their concerns. . . Read More

February 15, 2002
"Booby Traps at the Pentagon"  . . . Read More

January 28, 2002
The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services was established in 1951, when there were virtually no women, civilian or military, in leadership positions. Fifty years later, there is no need for a tax-funded civilian advisory committee to tell the Defense Department what to do regarding military women. The appointment of new members, or continuation of the DACOWITS in any form, would be tantamount to endorsement of the most problematic social engineering policies devised by civilians in the Clinton Administration. A decision to drop the DACOWITS would demonstrate that women in uniform have truly "arrived" as valued members of the national defense team. It would also benefit uniformed women, as well as men, who want to serve in a well-trained, effective military. . . Read More

January 14, 2002

An extensive study ordered by British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon has reportedly recommended that women should not be allowed to fight in the front line. Citing evidence gathered over 18 months, the "Combat Effectiveness Gender Study" concluded that females lack the strength and stamina needed to serve in the infantry, armored regiments, Royal Marines or the RAF Regiment, the Air Force’s infantry unit.

In compiling the study for review by the Chiefs of Staff, British Army officials gathered information from several other countries with gender-integrated armed forces, and carried out tests of physical capabilities in Wales. According to the London Sunday Times, June 24, 2001, the women performed comparatively poorly in physical tasks:

· In a test requiring soldiers to carry 90 lbs. of artillery shells over measured distances, the male failure rate was 20%. The female failure rate was 70%.

· In a 12.5-mile route march carrying 60 lbs. of equipment, followed by target practice simulating conditions under fire, men failed in 17% of cases. . .

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