The US DOD is a massive political bureaucracy, based in the heart of the deep state.
They will drift along with the ridiculous political and social trends just as any other bureaucracy in Washington DC.
There will probably come a time when lots of dead bodies tell them they need to adjust their thinking - but that is not a problem for today and certainly no one advances in the bureaucracy by pointing it out.
“There will probably come a time when lots of dead bodies tell them they need to adjust their thinking”
When China starts WWIII with the US down the road, gender , alphabet diversity and feminist garbage will be gone the first day. Too bad we will probably get our butts kicked.
The current test requires no equipment other than a stopwatch and an odometer I guess to measure the run, the new test requires a bunch of equipment to perform...at least according to my sons in the Army. They said it will takes years to roll out to all the Army to implement.
I thought the new test was designed to let women pass? That was my understanding....
The pay raises which came later caused people to be more likely to reenlist which (while it sounds good to some people) actually reduced the available reserve pool and the higher rate of pensions dragged the budget down trading one time training costs for pension costs which go on for years.
Most of us understood that the service does not owe you a pension and that if that is the reason you are there you are there for the wrong reason.
Get in. Serve a term or so to pay the cost of freedom.
Now here we are with fewer of the populace trained for war than there should be, and facing a coup.
I am sure that is part of why Reagan vetoed those budgets...and part of why Congress overrode his vetoes.
But then, I have been saying this for nearly forty years.