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  • Does the Pentagon know that assumptions can be deadly?

    11/01/2015 12:49:46 AM PDT · by pboyington · 5 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | October 31, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    There’s an old military maxim, which says, “Assumptions are the mother of all —-ups.” That ancient adage, along with commons sense and moral courage has been tossed straight into a Pentagon dumpster. Here are some assumptions that are wafting through the corridors of the Pentagon like a dense fog. “Two bombs a day keeps ISIS away” – Operation Inherent Resolve, the US led air campaign against ISIS has been going for over a year now and has been nothing but a dismal failure and a joke. No matter what the Pentagon says, two bombs a day, doesn’t keep ISIS away....
  • Pentagon: 'We're in combat' in Iraq

    10/29/2015 11:51:02 AM PDT · by McGruff · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | October 29, 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    The Pentagon conceded Wednesday that U.S. troops are in combat in Iraq after days of dancing around the characterization following the first death of U.S. service member in the campaign against ISIS. "We're in combat," Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Wednesday. "I mean, of course, this is a combat zone. There's a war going on in Iraq, if folks haven't noticed. And we're here and it's all around us."
  • Here we go: Defense secretary says U.S. troops will engage ISIS in direct action on the ground

    10/27/2015 2:21:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    They already have engaged them, of course, per the otherwise successful raid to liberate an ISIS prison in Iraq last week that ended with one American soldier being killed. That sounds suspiciously like combat, and if there’s one thing Barack Obama stands for, it’s that the era of combat in Iraq is over.How can combat not be combat? Easy. Just call it something else. It wouldn’t be the first Orwellian euphemism this White House has used to reassure progressives that they may be at war but they’re not at war-war. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook had been blunter on...
  • Obama aides explain how a deadly firefight with ISIS isn't really combat

    10/27/2015 10:22:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10-27-2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    Here's the scene last week: Army Delta Force troops, in boots on the ground in Iraq, swooping into an ISIS prison camp along with Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers. The mission: Free more than five dozen Kurdish and Iraqi captives believed in imminent danger of mass execution. In the darkness, a fierce firefight erupts. The Kurdish and Iraqi break-in stalls. The experienced Special Ops guys, who happen to be heavily-armed in body armor, night-vision goggles and full combat gear, open up. Numerous ISIS troops fall. So does one U.S. operative, Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, a veteran of 14 deployments. They breach...
  • Honest Bravery and Cowardly Deceit

    10/25/2015 8:42:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Just after dawn last Thursday, Master Sergeant Joshua Wheeler, along with his fellow soldiers in the U.S. Armys Delta Force, rushed into a firefight to help Kurdish commandoes. The Kurdish-American mission? To rescue approximately 70 hostages held and threatened with mass execution at an Islamic State prison near Hawijah, Iraq. Wheelers heroic actions helped save those commandoes and hostages. But the 39-year-old soldier from Roland, Oklahoma, was killed. Wheelers is the first American combat death in Iraq since November 2011, and the first American soldier killed by ISIS. Wheeler had 14 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and had earned eleven...
  • Congressman continues push for females' Ranger School records

    10/16/2015 1:44:33 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    Ledger-Enquirer ^ | October 14, 2015 | Chuck Williams
    An Oklahoma congressman has sent a second letter to the Secretary of the Army demanding access to Ranger School records for the classes that have involved female soldiers. Republican Rep. Steve Russell, an infantry battalion commander who is Ranger qualified, has continued his quest as a third woman prepares to graduate from the Armys most demanding combat leadership school Friday at Fort Benning. In a second letter to Secretary John McHugh dated Oct. 7, Russell said he is concerned that some of the documentation he has requested has been destroyed. I was somewhat puzzled by the Army officials informing me...
  • Marine experiment finds women get injured more frequently, shoot less accurately than men

    10/16/2015 12:43:24 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Women in a new Marine Corps unit created to assess how female service members perform in combat were injured twice as often as men, less accurate with infantry weapons and not as good at removing wounded troops from the battlefield, according to the results of a long-awaited study produced by the service. The research was carried out by the service in a nine-month long experiment at both Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Twentynine Palms, Calif. About 400 Marines, including 100 women, volunteered to join the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, the unit the Marine Corps created to compare how men...
  • Walter Williams: Unnecessary Loss of Life

    09/29/2015 10:50:54 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    War is nasty, brutal and costly. In our latest wars, many of the casualties suffered by American troops are a direct result of their having to obey rules of engagement created by politicians who have never set foot on or even seen a battlefield. Today's battlefield commanders must be alert to the media and do-gooders who are all too ready to demonize troops involved in a battle that produces noncombatant deaths, so-called collateral damage. According to a Western Journalism article by Leigh H Bravo, "Insanity: The Rules of Engagement" (http://tinyurl.com/p59nlqs), our troops fighting in Afghanistan cannot do night...
  • Tensions rise over women in combat

    09/20/2015 1:06:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 20, 2015 | Kristina Wong & Rebecca Kheel
    A battle is brewing in Washington over the military's push to open all combat units to women. The Marine Corps is reportedly poised to ask that some positions remain available only to men, following a nine-month study that found units with all genders did not perform as well in combat. The issue is stirring a passionate debate in the military community, pitting the Marine Corps against its own service secretary and creating a bitter divide on the House Armed Services Committee. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, who is the service secretary for the Marine Corps, blasted the study of the Marine...
  • Marines seek to close combat jobs to women

    09/18/2015 10:08:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Wasington Times ^ | September 18, 2015 | Lolita C. Baldor - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Marine Corps is expected to ask that women not be allowed to compete for several front-line combat jobs, inflaming tensions between Navy and Marine leaders, U.S. officials say. The tentative decision has ignited a debate over whether Navy Secretary Ray Mabus can veto any Marine Corps proposal to prohibit women from serving in certain infantry and reconnaissance positions. And it puts Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps commandant who takes over soon as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at odds with the other three military services, who are expected to open all of their...
  • Mabus Throws Down: All Combat Positions In Dept Of Navy Will Open To Women

    09/16/2015 7:43:51 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 46 replies
    /dailycalle ^ | 09/15/2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Despite considerable backlash from within the service, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said again Monday that the Marine Corps infantry and Navy SEALs will open up to women, no matter what. After receiving heated comments from both male and female Marines who participated in and ran a Marine Corps integration study, Mabus clarified Monday at a forum by the City Club of Cleveland that many of the gender gaps on performance could be closed with more training and leadership. What this means is that hes sticking to his original plan that all combat jobs in the Department of the Navy will...
  • Navy Secretary Mabus rejects Marine report showing women perform worse than men in combat roles

    09/11/2015 11:30:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 88 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 11, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus criticized Friday the findings of a new Marine report that all-male combat units perform better on a number of tactical tasks than mixed-gender units. Mr. Mabus, the civilian secretary who leads the Navy Department including the Marine Corps has called for the Navy to open combat jobs to women, and said the latest report may have been tainted by negative attitudes from the beginning. They started out with a fairly largely component of the men thinking this is not a good idea, and women will not be able to do this, he said in...
  • Marine experiment finds women get injured more frequently, shoot less accurately than men

    09/10/2015 3:06:22 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 60 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    Women in a new Marine Corps unit created to assess how female service members perform in combat were injured twice as often as men, less accurate with infantry weapons and not as good at removing wounded troops from the battlefield, according to the results of a long-awaited study produced by the service. The research was carried out by the service in a nine-month long experiment at both Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Twentynine Palms, Calif. About 400 Marines, including 100 women, volunteered to join the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, the unit the Marine Corps created to compare how men...
  • Marines to release study questioning women's role in combat [Less effective than all-men units]

    09/10/2015 11:56:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 09/10/2015 | Anna Mulrine
    An experimental Marine Corps study obtained by the Monitor has concluded that units with both men and women are less effective than all-male units. The results of the experiment, known as the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force (GCEITF), could be used by the Marines as grounds to ask for an exemption to the combat exclusion policy, which currently bars women from taking part in direct combat. The services have until January to open all jobs to women, or ask Pentagon leaders for an exemption by October. The GCEITF included roughly 200 male and 75 female volunteers, who were evaluated...
  • The awesome A-10 video the Air Force doesnt want you to see

    09/09/2015 5:16:15 PM PDT · by WilliamofCarmichael · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sept. 2015 | Business Insider
    The A-10 Warthog is the only aircraft built for a close-air-support (CAS) mission. It was literally designed around its distinctive 30mm Gatling gun. The gun is more than 19 feet long and weighs more than 4,000 pounds. The distinctive sound made by the weapon (aka the BRRRRRRRRRT . . . .
  • Army stats show that women are injured twice as often as men in combat training

    08/26/2015 11:50:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Wasington Times ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Female soldiers suffered double the rate of injuries compared with male colleagues in Army combat training, including jobs in field artillery and repairing the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The startling statistics come from Army studies obtained by the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), a research group that opposes what the Obama administration is expected to do by years end: put women in the direct land combat in infantry, armor, artillery and special operations units. Retired Gen. Raymond Odierno, who completed his four-year stint as Army chief of staff, said earlier this month that he already has decided to open all artillery...
  • Combat Roles Hazardous to Womens Health

    08/26/2015 6:24:53 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/26/15 | Arnoild Ahlert
    The astounding female injury rates that are being hidden from the public -- and women in the military Last week, 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, and Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, became the first women to earn their Ranger Tabs, graduating from the U.S. Armys Ranger School at Fort Benning, GA. Maj. Gen. Scott Miller, the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony, emphasized that both women were held to the same standards as their male counterparts, insisting a 5-mile run is still a 5-mile run. Standards do not change. A 12-mile march is still a 12-mile march. True enough. But as...
  • Research Question: 1970's Era Women in Field Artillery Experiment

    08/25/2015 7:58:15 AM PDT · by Bill Russell · 43 replies
    WilliamRussell.net ^ | 8/25/2015 | Bill Russell
    Fellow Freepers, I am looking for the name and results of a late 1970's (perhaps 1980-81) field artillery experiment in which an all female gun crew were tested to see if they could sustain a required rate of fire. I am having trouble locating a copy of it or information on it. I remember Brian Mitchell wrote about it in his book Weak Link: The Feminization of the Military @1990 (I lent my copy out years ago and have not seen it since.) Any links would be greatly appreciated. V/R Bill
  • Sorry, Military Is No Place For Gender-Based Social Experiments (Excellent)

    08/20/2015 3:36:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    Investots.com ^ | August 20, 2015 | Michael Fumento
    Two women have become the first to graduate from Army Ranger School. Therefore, women should be integrated into combat units. That's the "logic" we're hearing. Perceptions about "whether or not women are capable physically, mentally or otherwise those are now broken down," an ex-Obama administration official, whose claim to fame is having piloted military cargo aircraft, told one newspaper. "What's left here now would be the barriers about our social perceptions." Gee, that was easy! At least, if your goal is to feminize the military. But let's say that the goal is combat mission accomplishment with minimal casualties....
  • Two Women Make History by Passing Army's Elite Ranger School

    08/17/2015 9:07:12 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 109 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/17/2015 | Nick Tomecek
    For the first time ever, two women have successfully completed the Army's elite Ranger school, one of the toughest combat training courses in the world, the Army said Monday. The female soldiers weren't identified beyond being described as West Point-trained officers. They were among 96 soldiers who will graduate Friday at Fort Benning, Georgia, with the coveted Ranger tab, the Army said. (snip) Unlike the 94 men who will graduate Friday, the two women won't be allowed to apply to join the join the 75th Ranger Regiment, the elite Special Operations force. It remains closed to women.
  • More troubling results from the new F-35 Lightning: Outmaneuvered, outgunned by the MiG-29?

    08/15/2015 6:36:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last month we talked about some early flight test reports which hinted that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might be in trouble after years of development and hundreds of billions of dollars of funding. At that time the military was evaluating the jet in early tests against our own previous generation fighters and the results were mixed at best. Now that the aircraft has been at least initially approved, additional analysis is coming in. One such study is broken down by Martin Matishak at the Fiscal Times and, rather than stacking up the Lightning against our own Tomcats and...
  • Putting Women in Combat Is an Even Worse Idea Than Youd Think

    07/16/2015 9:15:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/15/2015 | by MIKE FREDENBURG
    No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. General George S. Patton What may be Old Blood and Guts most famous line is more than just colorful, its a great working definition of a warriors duty: killing the enemy and surviving to fight another day. That truth is particularly relevant in light of the recent failure of all 45 hand-picked, highly fit women to complete Ranger training and Marine-officer combat training. The 45 women were part of an effort to meet...
  • Putting Women in Combat Is an Even Worse Idea Than Youd Think

    07/16/2015 5:57:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies
    National Review ^ | July 15, 2015 | MIKE FREDENBURG
    No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. General George S. Patton What may be Old Blood and Guts most famous line is more than just colorful, its a great working definition of a warriors duty: killing the enemy and surviving to fight another day. That truth is particularly relevant in light of the recent failure of all 45 hand-picked, highly fit women to complete Ranger training and Marine-officer combat training. The 45 women were part of an effort to meet a...
  • Britain to announce new laws on Islamic extremism (to combat "poisonous Islamist ideology" )

    05/12/2015 6:48:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/12/15 | AFP
    London (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron was to announce new laws to combat "poisonous Islamist ideology" Wednesday in his first major policy announcement since winning last week's general election. His centre-right Conservative government is to include a new law to "defeat extremism" in its legislative programme which will be announced to parliament by Queen Elizabeth II on May 27. Britain's strategy on Islamist extremism has been in the spotlight for months since Islamic State (IS) executioner "Jihadi John" was identified as Mohammed Emwazi from London and a string of young people left Britain to fight for the IS...
  • Special Ops Leaders Praise Women's Role in Ranger Raids

    05/09/2015 4:44:39 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    Military.com ^ | May 8, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    A new book about a young, female Army officer who routinely accompanied Ranger units on raids in Afghanistan is shining a light on a select group of American women who have made history in modern warfare. "Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield" focuses on 1st Lt. Ashley White, an incredibly physically fit soldier who joined the Special Operations Command Cultural Support Team effort in 2010. The pilot program was designed to train women and have them serve with Army Ranger and other special operations direct-action units so they could gather...
  • Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women

    04/21/2015 5:07:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 43 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Two years ago, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nations top military officer, laid down an edict on the Obama administrations plan to open direct land combat jobs to women: If women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered. Today, the Dempsey rule appears to have its first test case. The Marine Corps just finished research to see if female officers could successfully complete its rigorous Infantry Officer Course.
  • Integrating women into combat reduces effectiveness, harms unit cohesion

    03/19/2015 10:11:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jacqueline Klimas
    As the American military prepares to open all combat positions to women by 2016, a British report found that integrating women into combat would reduce effectiveness in battle and could harm unit cohesion. The British report, released in December, found that physiological differences put women at a disadvantage in both strength-based and aerobic fitness tests. Even women who are able to overcome the physiological disadvantage will likely get injured more easily or get tired quicker, making them easier targets and poorer marksmen in combat. These are about biology rather than character, the report states. The report found that some of...
  • Bin Ladens slayer welcomes mentally tough GI Janes to boost SEALs

    02/22/2015 7:12:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 21, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden says there is a welcome mat out for women SEALs if they can meet the grueling physical and mental standards that exist today. Former Chief Petty Officer Robert ONeill, whose handpicked SEAL Team Six unit raided bin Ladens compound in Pakistan, answered absolutely when asked whether women can meet the demands of sea, undersea, ground and airborne warriors. Asked by The Washington Times how he knows, Mr. ONeill said, Ive met women that I think can beat me up. Im not joking. Here in the states. There are some tough women out...
  • U.S. troops battle both Taliban and their own rules [Did the Left worry and obsess over this?]

    01/31/2015 4:17:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November16, 2009
    *****November 16, 2009*****".....The [Washington] Times compiled an informal list of the new rules from interviews with U.S. forces. Among them: No night or surprise searches. Villagers have to be warned prior to searches. ANA or ANP must accompany U.S. units on searches. U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first. U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present. Only women can search women. Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch him placing an IED but not if insurgents are walking away...
  • Yemeni Government Admits It Has Lost Control Of Nation Amid "Attempted Coup"

    01/19/2015 1:50:14 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 45 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1-19-2015 | Durden
    In what Yemen's information minister described as an "attempted coup" Shia Houthi rebels (backed by Hizbollah and Iran) have surrounded the Yemeni Presidential Palace putting them, as The Telegraph reports, in direct confrontation with al-Qaeda and the Yemen government., Amid hopes of a compromise deal or cease-fire in the conflict that has been under way since September when the Houthis swept into Sana'a, the latest reports are the nation has gone from bad to worse... YEMENI PM SAID SURROUNDED BY HOUTHI MILITIAS: CNN YEMEN INFORMATION MINISTER SAYS GOVERNMENT HAS LOST CONTROL OVER COUNTRY -- CNN Oil prices, interestingly, fell on...
  • Canadian special forces in firefight in Iraq

    01/19/2015 1:18:28 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 11 replies
    SUN ^ | 1-19-2015 | QMI Agency
    Canadian special forces got into a firefight with Islamic State fighters last week while on a training mission with Iraqi forces. Special forces commander Brig.-Gen. Mike Rouleau said Canadian snipers took out an ISIS mortar position after coming under fire near the front lines last Monday. "(We) were fired upon and returned fire by sniper positions," Rouleau told reporters. He said it was the first time Canadian trainers have come under fire, and he still considers the risk to the 65-70 Canadians on the ground in Iraq to be low. SNIP--- In December, the defence department denied Canadian snipers armed...
  • ISIS Terrorists Run for Their Lives When They Meet Real Soldiers for 1st Time U.S. Special Forces

    12/18/2014 9:49:45 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 169 replies
    IJReview ^ | 12-18-2014 | Joseph Perticone
    American troops just had their first real battle with Islamic State militants, after the terror group attempted to overrun Ein al-Asad base in Iraq in the middle of the night Sunday, the Kurdish news outlet Shafaq News reports. The U.S. troops absolutely decimated the militants, forcing a quick retreat. The counterattack was conducted in a joint operation with local tribal forces. The attack occurred at Ein al-Asad base, which currently hosts nearly 100 U.S. military advisers. The U.S. troops engaged the militants in tandem with F-18 fighter jets, who provided air support. The battle lasted approximately two hours after an...
  • In Secret, Obama Extends U.S. Role in Afghan Combat

    11/21/2014 6:50:34 PM PST · by John W · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 21, 2014 | MARK MAZZETTI and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON President Obama signed a secret order in recent weeks authorizing a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year. Mr. Obamas order allows American forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the decision.
  • Preparing For All Out Iraq War: Joint Chiefs Of Staff Back US Troops In Combat "If Necessary"

    09/16/2014 3:21:37 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/16/14 | Tyler Durden
    President Obama would back U.S. advisers accompanying Iraqi troops in battle to combat Islamic State militants if necessary. For now, Dempsey noted, Iraqi security forces are "doing fine," but as Republican, Sen. Jim Inhofe noted, "it is foolhardy for the Obama administration to tie its hands and so firmly rule out the possibility of special operators on the ground." Following Hagel's remarks that the fight will "not be an easy or a brief effort," Dempsey said if it doesnt succeed, he would not rule out advising Obama to use U.S. ground forces.
  • New study by IDF reserve colonel says women don't belong in combat

    06/11/2014 9:47:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 6/11/14 | Carl In Jerusalem
    A new book by an IDF reserve colonel that studied women's role in combat units says that the women shouldn't be there. "The study found that a particularly high percentage of women who served in combat roles suffered physical harm during their service and will suffer for the rest of their lives from ruptured discs, stress fractures in the pelvis, uterine prolapse and more, Sagi told Maariv/NRG. While men also suffer injuries during their military service, he said, studies prove that the female rate of injury is much higher and that the seriousness of the average injury is greater,...
  • The Dogs of War

    05/23/2014 1:17:01 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 2 replies
    National Geographic ^ | June 2014 | Michael Paterniti
    Out in front of Americas troops, combat canines and their handlers lead the way onto the most dangerous battlefields on Earth.
  • Eros and Estrogen on the Front Line (no successful military in history has put women in combat)

    04/22/2014 11:10:38 AM PDT · by xzins · 93 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 22, 2014 | Michael R. Shannon
    Instead woman already in the military ... will find themselves assigned to combat arms to meet a quota designed by a wideload Member of Congress whose most strenuous activity is the Pilates class she makes once a month. Still, they wont be seeing the elephant overnight. Right now only a handful of the 203,000 women currently in the military can pass the physical for combat infantry or Marines. When faced with the reality that women cant pass the test, Congress and Pentagon paperpushers will change the test until they can pass. Unfortunately, when you lower standards by definition you get...
  • Should women be serving on the front lines in combat?

    04/02/2014 4:07:39 PM PDT · by TheProducer · 52 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 4/2/2014 | Austin Petersen
    The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the issue of female marine officer candidates who can't pass the physical requirements to serve in combat roles. Although 3 enlisted female marines have reportedly passed the less rigorous infantry training course, no women have been able to make it through the stricter infantry officer course. In a piece for the Washington Post, Second Lt. Sage Santangelo argues that the reason that female officers are not passing the test is because they are not being trained to the same standards as men. She believes that women are more than capable of doing the...
  • Women Fail to Achieve Male Marines' Lowest Standard

    03/22/2014 10:59:59 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    A Colonel of Truth ^ | January 14, 2014 | Jude Eden
    Earlier this year, the Marine Corps decided to delay the low 3 pull-up requirement for women that they had hoped to apply in 2014. The measure was set in preparation for compliance with the Pentagons intent to open combat units to women in 2016. Since less than half of female recruits could make the minimum requirement by the end of 2013, this implementation is being delayed.
  • Hospital Ships to Be Counted in U.S. Combat Fleet

    03/17/2014 6:58:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/17/14 | SETH CROPSEY
    Earlier in March, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus revised how to count the size of the U.S.s battle force inventory. The battle force inventory is important because it measures the size of the U.S. combat fleet. The new definition will make the U.S. combat fleet look larger than it really is. This provides a political shield against legitimate concerns that the Navy is shrinking. Ships included in the battle force inventory had been warships capable of contributing to combat operations or ships that contribute directly to Navy warfighting or support missions. Aircraft carriers, destroyers, amphibious ships, and submarines are...
  • Marine Corps to create experimental task force with 25 percent women

    03/15/2014 2:11:50 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 97 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 13, 2014 | Jennnifer Hlad
    The Marine Corps will open new combat jobs to women, allow women to volunteer for combat specialty training previously closed to them and create a co-ed experimental task force to evaluate how female Marines perform as part of a ground combat unit, Marine officials said. The task force will be made up of about 460 Marines, and about one quarter will be women, said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine spokeswoman. The task force will look like a small battalion landing team with attachments such as artillery, tanks and amphibious assault vehicles similar to the ground combat portion of a...
  • Survey: Less than 10 percent of Army women want to join combat units

    02/27/2014 11:35:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/27/2014 | Chuck Ross
    Results from a U.S. Army survey show that female soldiers are not enthusiastic about entering combat positions. Maintaining physical standards for soldiers regardless of sex is nearly universally supported. Less than 8 percent of Army women who responded to the survey said they wanted a combat job, reported The Associated Press, which obtained the results of a preliminary survey of 170,000 soldiers. The assessment was emailed last year to active duty, reserves and Army National Guard members to gauge attitudes towards women in combat. Only 2,238 of 30,000 women, or 7.5 percent, who responded to the questionnaire said that they...
  • AP Exclusive: Few Army women want combat jobs

    02/25/2014 7:35:58 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 25, 2014
    FORT EUSTIS, Va. Only a small fraction of Army women say they'd like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service's nearly 170,000 women. That survey and others across the Army, publicly disclosed for the first time to The Associated Press, also revealed that soldiers of both genders are nervous about women entering combat jobs but say they are determined to do it fairly. Men are worried about...
  • Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal [Timely flashback from a USMC female officer]

    01/05/2014 4:33:54 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    Marine Corps Gazette ^ | 2012 | CAPT Katie Petronio, USMC
    [Snip]...before the Marine Corps moves forward with this concept, should we not ask the hard questions and gain opinions of combat-experienced Marines (male and female alike) as to the purpose, the impact, and the gains from such a move? As a combat-experienced Marine officer, and a female, I am here to tell you that we are not all created equal, and attempting to place females in the infantry will not improve the Marine Corps as the Nations force-in-readiness or improve our national security.
  • Political Correctness Out of Control

    01/04/2014 7:54:20 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | January 4, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The physical demands of combat positions is a job that only a few men and even fewer woman are capable of performing. In a headlong rush to satisfy the utopian stupidity of political correctness, the Washington establishment insistence that women be allowed in combat positions will only emasculate the military that protected this country since its founding. This week the Marine Corps announced that fewer than half of female recruits were capable of meeting the minimum standards required for combat jobs. These requirements are the same for males and females in basic training. In an effort to conform to political...
  • PC Insanity: Female Marines Cant Do Pullups But Will Be Allowed to Serve on Front Lines Anyway

    12/28/2013 8:56:40 AM PST · by servo1969 · 96 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-28-2013 | Jim Hoft
    Female Marines: Theyve got your back As long as it doesnt involve upper body strength. (NBC) It's an Obama world Female Marines cant do pullups but will be allowed on the front lines anyway. KPCC reported: Starting Jan. 1, every woman in the Marines Corps was supposed to meet a new physical standard by performing three pullups. But that has been put off. The Marine Corps announced it quietly. There was no news conference just a notice on its social media sites and an item on its own TV show, The Corps Report. Lance Cpl. Ally Beiswanger explained...
  • Army Eyes New Standards for Women in Combat

    12/09/2013 12:08:31 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 61 replies
    Military.com ^ | November 27, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army general in charge of training recently wrote about the service's examination of gender neutral standards to open the infantry and other combat-arms jobs to female soldiers. The piece by Gen. Robert Cone, commander of Training and Doctrine Command, appears in the November issue of Army Magazine, the same month three female Marines made history by graduating from Marine infantry training. Last January, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered all services to open combat-arms roles to women that so far have been reserved for men.
  • PT Standards in Question for Women in Combat

    11/18/2013 10:48:36 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 92 replies
    Military.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    The Marine Corps may have to change its physical standards in order to put females in positions to one day lead infantry platoons in combat. Both the Marine Corps and the Army continue to wrestle with the mandate that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued in January, directing the U.S. military to open hundreds of combat-arms jobs that have been closed to female servicemembers. So far, the Marines have been out ahead.
  • Army colonel: Physical strength not the end-all, be-all of combat service

    08/12/2013 11:52:28 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 142 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    An Army officer writing in a prestigious journal says the services should not overemphasize physical strength when deciding whether a woman qualifies for direct ground combat. Col. Ellen Haring, on the staff of the U.S. Army War College, says commanders need to downplay obstacle courses and judge a service members ability to stay calm and think quickly. The Pentagon has lifted its ban on women serving in the infantry, tanks and special operations, and the branches are examining all their physical standards in preparation for introducing women into these units in 2015. Some military analysts fear the Pentagon will discard...
  • Pentagon mulling separate combat training for men, women

    07/25/2013 10:58:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 25, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The military is looking at ways to modify its training for women to help them qualify for direct ground combat roles in the infantry, tanks and special operations. Despite its claim that standards will remain the same for men and women, senior officers this week revealed theyre reevaluating that stance and considering a two-tiered training system. The idea was presented by Rep. Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts Democrat, at a hearing of the House Armed Services subcommittee, who told of a conversation she had with a woman working on combat standards. Her comment was that, yes, you want the standards to be...