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  • Women in Ground Combat - How did it happen? And what will it do to the military?

    02/12/2013 7:57:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies
    The American Interest ^ | January 28, 2013 | BING WEST
    Two decades ago, the Commandant of the Marine Corps declared that women serving in the infantry “would destroy the Marine Corps.” General Robert Barrow explained that, “in three wars—World War II, Korea and Vietnam—I found no place for women to be down in the ground combat element.” He cited the 1950 fighting retreat from the Chosin Reservoir in temperatures of minus 20 degrees, with one Marine division pitted against eight Chinese divisions. Had women comprised 15 percent of his division, Barrow concluded, the Marines would have lost the battle.  “The very nature of women disqualifies them from doing it (killing...
  • Walter Williams: Women in Combat

    02/06/2013 5:41:08 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies ^ | February 6, 2013 | Walter Williams
    A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field." The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile run in 16 minutes, 36 seconds or less. For females of the same...
  • 'Equality' on the Battlefield

    02/02/2013 10:04:21 AM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 1, 2013 | Fay Voshell & Jacqueline Hamilton
    It is said that General Robert E. Lee, as he surveyed the carnage of the battle of Telegraph Hill, spoke the words, "It is well that war is so terrible -- we would grow too fond of it." War is terrible. Perhaps that is one reason why during relatively peaceful interludes, but sometimes even in wartime, palliative fantasies are concocted to make armed conflict seem less horrible and the stresses of war more equitably distributed. Civilians, often the... --snip-- No, the core issues concern the innate limitations of and the unique dangers facing soldiers of the female sex as pertains...
  • AWOL Republicans

    01/31/2013 1:08:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 31, 2013 | The Editors
    Women may be ready for combat, but Republicans aren’t. When the Obama administration announced that it would allow women into combat units, prominent Republicans were quick to say that they supported the policy — generally without any reservations or hints that there might be reasons for concern. A party that fought for decades against allowing open homosexuals to serve in the military is now thoughtlessly accepting a much more problematic change in military-personnel policy.They are doing so on naïve assumptions. The first is that physical standards will not change, and only those few women who meet ones developed for...
  • Lowering Standards - Gender-neutral standards typically mean lower standards

    01/30/2013 5:34:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 28, 2013 | Ryan Willard
    The Department of Defense released a report in February 2012 raising significant concerns to Congress about integrating women into combat units, an issue receiving renewed attention given outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s recent announcement that women would be allowed in combat roles. The report(PDF) raised five “serious practical barriers, which if not approached in a deliberate manner, could adversely impact the health of our service members and degrade mission accomplishment.”The largest difficulty yet to be overcome are the “physically demanding tasks” that the Department of Defense used to exclude “the vast majority of women” in combat roles.“The elimination of...
  • A Battle Conservatives Need to Fight

    01/29/2013 10:21:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.25.13 | LARRY THORNBERRY
    Yes, Dear, I Mean Yes, Sir, I mean Yes Maam, I mean Yes, Ms., I mean Its absolutely stunning that were even talking about this. Have we taken total leave of our senses? --snip-- Opening combat positions to women, our clueless commander in chief says, is an historic step toward harnessing the talents and skills of all our citizens. If Obama imagines that one woman in a hundred has what it takes to be a kick-butt, infantry ground-pounder, hes led a more sheltered life than I ever imagined. Obama ends his statement with this howler: Today, every American can be...
  • Coed Combat Units - A bad idea on all counts

    01/27/2013 7:11:45 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 4, 2013 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    For over two decades, I have been arguing against the idea of placing American women in combat or in support positions associated with direct ground combat. I base my position on three factors. First, there are substantial physical differences between men and women that place the latter at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to ground combat. Second, men treat women differently than they treat other men. This can undermine the comradeship upon which the unit cohesion necessary to success on the battlefield depends. Finally, the presence of women leads to double standards that seriously erode morale and performance. In...