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  • Questions all Americans should be asking themselves about women in combat

    05/22/2016 8:02:30 PM PDT · by pboyington · 53 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 22, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Most Americans have never spent a day in uniform in America of 2016 and that is a problem. The White House social engineers have been able to manipulate the Congress and the American people and have led them to believe that women can serve successfully in the combat arms and special operations because most Americans don’t understand anything about the military. Combine the ignorance of a nation, with the political correctness of Congress and the moral cowardice of the Joint Chiefs and it’s open season to destroy the military if your Valerie Jarrett, Ray Mabus, Ash Carter or Barack Hussein...
  • The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Must Resign

    04/07/2016 8:06:10 PM PDT · by pboyington · 124 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | April 7, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    God told Abraham that he would spare Sodom if he could find ten righteous men. Is their one righteous man in the Pentagon who can save the US military from its impending doom? Last September, General Martin Dempsey retired as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dempsey’s reign at the Pentagon was a green light to use the US armed forces as some kind of laboratory for the testing and implementation of every lunatic, left wing fantasy of what the military should be like, but in reality, isn’t. Any senior officers not supporting Obama’s Maoist Revolution in the US...
  • Navy eases body fat standards in effort to retain sailors

    03/14/2016 12:54:56 PM PDT · by Retain Mike · 59 replies
    World Magazine ^ | Posted March 14, 2016, | Michael Cochrane
    Navy Petty Officer Lentoyi White, 26, feared she’d be dismissed from the service after twice failing the Navy’s body composition assessment (BCA), which measures body fat percentage. But in January, the Navy loosened its body fat restrictions for both men and women, giving White and thousands of other sailors another chance to stay in the Navy. “I am very grateful for a second chance with this new policy,” said White, a single mother with a 5-year-old daughter. White has gone from 212 pounds to 188 and is optimistic she’ll pass this spring under the new standards. Under the Navy’s previous...
  • Sailors face more lenient body fat rules

    03/05/2016 11:56:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 5, 2016 1:20 PM EST | Julie Watson
    The Navy is giving another chance to thousands of sailors who otherwise would be kicked out for repeatedly failing their physical fitness tests because they exceeded body fat limits. The service branch loosened its body fat restrictions in January and is allowing those who failed their exams three or more times to get one more opportunity to be tested this spring under the more lenient guidelines. The Navy said it has been losing too many talented sailors. Some were resorting to liposuction, diet pills and other measures to save their careers. The Navy allowed about 2,400 sailors who passed a...
  • What Obamunism in the Military Has Given Us

    02/20/2016 1:20:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | February 20, 2016 | D.W. Wilber
    Looking at the case of Sergeant First Class Charles Martland, the highly decorated Green Beret who refused to stand by and do nothing when he was confronted with pure evil, one would think that as a result of how he faced down evil in Afghanistan that he would be given another medal to pin on his uniform. Unfortunately quite the contrary is the case. Instead of being rewarded for having the courage to do the right thing, Sergeant First Class Martland may well be facing the end of his military career. Martland, along with his former commander Captain Daniel Quinn...
  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/07/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 199 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/7/16 | Rowan Scarboroug
    The Pentagon is ordering the top brass to incorporate climate change into virtually everything they do, from testing weapons to training troops to war planning to joint exercises with allies. A new directive’s theme: The U.S. Armed Forces must show “resilience” and beat back the threat based on “actionable science.” It says the military will not be able to maintain effectiveness unless the directive is followed. It orders the establishment of a new layer of bureaucracy — a wide array of “climate change boards, councils and working groups” to infuse climate change into “programs, plans and policies.” The Pentagon defines
  • Cruz: Drafting women is 'nuts'

    02/07/2016 2:23:04 PM PST · by Isara · 170 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/07/16 | Katie Glueck
    PETERBOROUGH, N.H.-Ted Cruz on Sunday said he opposes requiring women to register for a potential draft, breaking with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, all of whom indicated support for opening up the Selective Service to women during Saturday night's debate. "I have to admit, as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'" Cruz said Sunday, speaking at a town hall here. "Listen, we have had enough with political correctness, especially in the military. Political correctness is dangerous. And the idea that we would draft our daughters to forcibly bring them...
  • Military Update: Pledges, doubts shared over women in ground combat jobs

    02/06/2016 10:01:14 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Army and Marine Corps leaders swapped pledges with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday not to cave to political pressure and relax ground combat skill requirements so that more women will qualify to serve in infantry, armor and special forces units. Certainty that such pressure will come, and the need to resist to protect combat effectiveness, was expressed both by senators and witnesses during the first congressional hearing held to review how Army and Marine Corps plan to open all ground combat jobs to women. No senator on the committee suggested Congress should block the Dec. 3...
  • Marine study finds all-male infantry units outperformed teams with women

    09/10/2015 2:14:16 PM PDT · by detective · 45 replies
    MSN News ^ | 09/10/2015 | Jim Michaels
    All-male ground combat squads proved faster, stronger and more lethal in most cases than units that included women, concludes a Marine Corps study that evaluated the impact of integrating women into all jobs. The women also suffered higher injury rates during physically demanding training, according to a summary of the study released Thursday. The Marine Corps faces a deadline the Pentagon has set for requiring military branches to open all specialties to women, including infantry and special operations forces, beginning next year.
  • As Global Threats Grow, Obama Slashes U.S. Military Muscle

    07/15/2015 4:11:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies ^ | July 15, 2015 | IBD Editorial
    Defense: Even as the U.S. faces unprecedented security challenges, the Obama administration continues to slash the military. Cuts in funding and troop levels are leading to a dangerous lack of readiness. President Obama's most recent reduction in forces is a big one: The Army last week announced it would drop 40,000 soldiers from its ranks, a reaction to ongoing deep budget cuts. These cuts are real, deep and damaging — unlike spending in the rest of the federal government, where spending continues to rise. Since 2011, the Army's "base budget" has plummeted by nearly 18% in real terms.
  • Army sued over plan to put women on front lines of combat

    04/04/2015 8:40:48 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    WND ^ | April 4, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    Two lawsuits have been filed seeking information about the U.S. military’s plan to use women to “close with and kill” the enemy, based on reports that suggest having women in “tip of the spear” fighting units such as the Rangers and the Navy SEALs may be counterproductive. The Obama administration announced two years ago it would make female military personnel eligible for assignment to direct ground combat units, including the infantry, beginning in January 2016. Under the military’s structure, women would be ordered into such positions. Various military agencies and units since then have been analyzing the safety and effectiveness...
  • Time to end Political Correctness at Airports

    09/05/2014 5:15:57 PM PDT · by rovenstinez · 28 replies
    Fox Radio News ^ | Sept. 5, 2014 | rovenstinez
    Yesterday at the DFW airport. It was strikingly difficult to talk to the Pakistani women selling food, with their head coverings, OBVIOUSLY pious Muslims. And turning around were Muslim Women with head coverings removing trash. I just WISH someone had the testicular power to tell these women if they want to work at an AIRPORT where travelers are sensitive about Muslim people that blow up things, they need to REMOVE their coverings, or go work at the local dry cleaning shop, or sell used tires. But to put them in the AIRPORTS knowing that all of the things that get...
  • Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds

    08/01/2014 1:47:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    An independent panel appointed by the Pentagon and Congress said Thursday that President Obama’s strategy for sizing the armed services is too weak for today’s global threats. The National Defense Panel called on the president to dump a major section of his 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) and write a broader strategy that requires the military to fight on multiple fronts at once. It also said the shrinking U.S. armed forces, which are being downsized to fit that strategy and budget cuts, is a “serious strategic misstep on the part of the United States.” The forces’ numbers spelled out in...
  • Navy begins weighing future of littoral combat ship; or whether to replace it

    08/01/2014 11:08:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies ^ | August 01, 2014 | By Michael Finch II
    MOBILE, Alabama -- It's judgment day for the littoral combat ship. The July 31 deadline has passed for a task force of U.S. Navy officials to collect information for a new or improved small surface combatant. In a released statement the Navy said it will begin reviewing the preliminary findings that will decide the future of the littoral combat ship, or whether to replace it. "Because the task force alternatives will be considered as part of (the fiscal year 2016 budget) deliberations, the Navy will not comment publicly on the report's findings until budget decisions within the defense department are...
  • Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail pullup test

    01/02/2014 1:58:35 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/02/2014 | Associated Press
    More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs. The delay rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016. Although no new timetable has been set on the delayed physical requirement, Marine Corps Commandant Gen....
  • Marine Corps quietly delays pullup requirement for women

    12/29/2013 5:56:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/28/2013 | BY ASHE SCHOW
    The Marine Corps has delayed the requirement for female Marines to do three pullups because most women have so far been unable to pass the test. For 40 years, male recruits were required to perform three pullups to prove their upper body strength for combat, where they would need to carry heavy equipment and potentially lift themselves out of mud walls. Starting Jan. 1, female recruits would have been required to do the same. But 55 percent of female recruits could not complete all three pullups, compared to just 1 percent of male recruits who could not, so the requirement...
  • Military suffers wave of 'gay' sex assaults ('We've got a male-on-male problem here')

    05/21/2013 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 33 replies
    WND ^ | May 21, 2013 | Unattributed
    A recent military report on sexual assault in the military shocked many in Washington and around the nation, but a leading expert on military personnel revealed the prevalence of men assaulting other men is one of the major headlines in this study. The extended analysis of the report first appeared in Monday’s edition of the the Washington Times. The Defense Department survey of sexual assault in the military during fiscal 2012 estimated 26,000 assaults took place in the armed forces. Nearly 3,000 of them were formally reported. Just more than 6 percent of women reported being victims of assault and...
  • Elaine Donnelly: Women in Combat Order “Dangerous Social Experiment”

    01/24/2013 10:06:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013 08:54 PM | David A. Patten
    Military-readiness advocate Elaine Donnelly warns that the Obama administration’s decision to put women in ground-combat roles amounts to “social engineering to achieve a political end in the name of diversity.” She adds that the policy shift means “lives could be lost unnecessarily, not just women, but men.” Donnelly’s organization, the Center for Military Readiness, released a 42-page report earlier this week exploring the unintended consequences of putting women on the front lines. “It will do great harm to women in the military, especially those who will find themselves in the infantry—something there’s no indication they wanted,” Donnelly said Wednesday in...
  • The Reality That Awaits Women in Combat

    01/23/2013 5:09:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 99 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2013 | RYAN SMITH
    America has been creeping closer and closer to allowing women in combat, so Wednesday's news that the decision has now been made is not a surprise. It appears that female soldiers will be allowed on the battlefield but not in the infantry. Yet it is a distinction without much difference: Infantry units serve side-by-side in combat with artillery, engineers, drivers, medics and others who will likely now include women. The Pentagon would do well to consider realities of life in combat as it pushes to mix men and women on the battlefield. Many articles have been written regarding the relative...
  • Same-sex benefits a powder keg in Pentagon

    03/18/2012 6:30:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 2+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    Rights fight pits Holder vs. PanettaThe Obama administration is withholding medical and other benefits from same-sex spouses of military members, but Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says he can no longer defend the law that authorizes the practice. Conservatives are charging that Mr. Holder is going back on Pentagon promises to adhere to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the September repeal of the ban on open gays in the military. Military promises to enforce DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, induced some fence-sitting members of Congress to support the...
  • Republicans and Risks (Oliver North)

    10/27/2011 4:19:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | October 28, 2011 | Oliver North
    U.S. Virgin Islands — We arrived at a tiny outpost on St. Thomas on Oct. 26. As we stepped ashore, the gentleman beside me said, "28 years ago at this very minute, I was lining up my 'thirsty' A-7 to land on the deck of the USS Independence (CV-62) not far from here. It was day two of Operation Urgent Fury. We were flying nonstop close air support missions for troops in contact on the island of Grenada." The retired naval aviator went on to describe his admiration for the then commander in chief, who boldly ordered more than...
  • Ten Things I Know

    09/21/2011 6:19:38 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 4 replies
    "Postcards from America - Postcards from Israel" ^ | September 21, 2011 | Ari Bussel
    Ten Things I Know By Ari Bussel There are some things I am confident I know. Some may be hidden beneath the surface, others true for some. In totality, they are a source of my comfort in the future. Despite all the challenges, Israel and the Jewish people will survive and overcome modern-day hardships. These are the ingredients to my optimism. First, there are entities that evaluate various scenarios and whose job is to protect Israel. These are “think tanks” of sorts embedded within the central nervous system of Israel. Their work is translated into operational “drawer”-plans to be executed...
  • Our Military’s Grim State: Armed Forces Under Stress

    07/20/2011 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Heritage ^ | 7/20/11 | Mike Brownfield
    This is the grim state of our military’s readiness: An Air Force F-15C that broke in half during flight, two F-18s that have caught fire aboard ships, every single cruiser with cracks in its hull, A-10C Warthogs with fuselage cracks, the UH-1N Twin Huey helicopter fleet that is regularly grounded, and over half the navy’s deployed aircraft not ready for combat. That is the picture of the U.S. military in disrepair—what The Heritage Foundation’s Mackenzie Eaglen calls a “readiness crisis” among all U.S. military services, including the National Guard and reserves. Readiness is “dangerously lower,” she writes, leading to “delayed,...
  • Women in Combat: Study Recommends Ending Military's Last Male Bastion

    01/19/2011 11:11:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 116 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | David Wood
    Heather Pfleuger -- an exuberant, all-American, girl-next-door -- was transformed when she arrived in Afghanistan. She'd shrug into her body armor, strap on her helmet, yank on gloves, goggles and scarf, and slide down behind her turret-mounted Mark-19, a 40mm grenade launcher. From there, she could kill an armored vehicle and everybody in it a mile away. When she whooped with glee and led a convoy outside the wire, local Afghan fighters, hard men who'd faced down the Russians and the Taliban, fell respectfully silent. "Specialist Pfleuger can hit anything," her squad leader. Sgt. Kevin Collins, told me proudly. "I...
  • Army Mulls Women in Combat Arms Units

    01/10/2011 12:11:53 PM PST · by triumphant values · 56 replies ^ | January 07, 2011 | Bryant Jordan
    The Army is studying whether to open combat arms units to female Soldiers, the Army's top officer said Jan. 6. "We're looking at revising the policy," Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told a breakfast gathering of the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Va. "We've had some work going on for a while, and that'll double back up to the secretary, I would think, in the next couple of months." Women are currently barred from infantry, armor and Special Forces branches, Casey said. He did not say whether the Army is considering opening up all three areas to women,...
  • Vets protest plan opening military to homosexuals

    12/23/2010 10:17:39 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 44 replies · 3+ views
    WND ^ | December 22, 2010 | Eugene J. Koprowski
    Vets protest plan opening military to homosexualsOfficer requests command relief over scheduled 'behavior modifications' Veterans and active duty personnel alike are reacting harshly to the news that Barack Obama has signed the repeal of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, and one much-needed leader already could be lost to the military. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army has confirmed to WND that he is asking to be relieved of the command of his squadron because of the new policy. And former combat personnel are telling WND that they are continuing to keep the pressure on Congress to reverse itself....
  • Don't Ask/Don't Tell Should Go

    07/28/2010 5:42:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 28, 2010 | John Stossel
    Click here to find out more! America is one of many countries that forbid openly gay people to serve in the military. Others are: Cuba, China, Egypt, Greece, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and Venezuela. See a pattern? With a few exceptions, those are not countries where free people want to live. By contrast, Australia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and Spain all allow gay people to serve. No country has America's in-between policy: Gays can serve -- as long...
  • CBO Warns of Increased Risk of U.S. Fiscal Crisis

    07/27/2010 6:33:22 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 33 replies · 1+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7.27.10 @ 5:24PM | By Philip Klein
    The Congressional Budget Office today released a new report on the risk of a fiscal crisis occuring in the United States due to our long-term debt... The bottom line is that the longer we prolong dealing with our debt problem, the greater the risk of a fiscal crisis, and the more unattractive the options become for digging ourself out of the mess. It outlines several consequences for growing debt, including crowding out of private investment and the need for higher taxes and/or spending cuts. Of higher taxes, however, it warns that, "To the extent that additional tax revenues were generated...
  • Plan Would Allow Abortions at Military Hospitals

    06/11/2010 5:33:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 258+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 6/10/2010 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    WASHINGTON — The fight to allow gay and bisexual people to serve openly in the military is already drawing political blood in Washington, but tucked into the same 852-page Pentagon policy bill as the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a little-noticed amendment that takes on another emotionally charged issue: making abortion easier for military women in war zones. In a vote that advocates of abortion rights sought beforehand to keep quiet, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a provision on May 27 to allow privately financed abortions at military hospitals and bases. Current law bans abortions in most...
  • US youngsters are too fat to fight, warn generals

    05/01/2010 3:13:49 PM PDT · by traumer · 49 replies · 4,028+ views
    Rising rates of obesity among young Americans could undermine the future of the US military, two retired generals have warned. More than a quarter of young Americans are now too fat to fight, they said. Writing in the Washington Post, the ex-commanders said the fat crisis ruled out more potential military service recruits than any other medical factor. They want Congress to introduce laws to give US children better nutrition in schools, with less sugar, salt and fat. John Shalikashvili and Hugh Shelton, both former chairmen of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote: "Obesity rates threaten the overall health...
  • Military Will Discharge Soldiers for Revealing Homosexuality Despite ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

    04/08/2010 7:59:30 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 3 replies · 323+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | April 8, 2009 | Nicholas Ballasy
    After announcing changes to its existing “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy, the Department of Defense (DoD) told that a member of the military who makes “a statement that he or she is homosexual or bisexual, or words to that effect” still “can be separated” from the armed forces. The policy changes, announced at a Mar. 25 press briefing at the Pentagon, basically make it harder to initiate an official inquiry into whether a soldier is homosexual, raise the authority level needed to discharge a soldier, and set stricter rules on evidence and confidential information used in such inquiries....
  • Army: Gays will be discharged if they speak up

    04/02/2010 6:39:44 AM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 12 replies · 392+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Fox News
    Army Secretary John McHugh is backtracking on his promise not to discharge troops who tell him that they are gay. McHugh said in a statement released Thursday that he was "incorrect" when he had said there would be a moratorium on dismissals while the Pentagon conducts a yearlong review on its "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Earlier this week, McHugh had said he wouldn't punish troops who admitted they were gay in private conversations with him, even though they technically violated the law.
  • Army chief: I won’t discharge gay personnel

    03/31/2010 12:08:46 PM PDT · by LonelyCon · 22 replies · 702+ views
    Reuters/MSNBC ^ | 3/31/10 | Phil Stewart
    The Army secretary said on Wednesday he would not discharge gay personnel who admitted their sexual orientation to him, despite the "don't ask, don't tell" stance that remains official military policy. "What the secretary (of defense) has placed a moratorium on is going forward on discharges," Army Secretary John McHugh told defense reporters. The statement seemed to indicate that some Pentagon leaders had already shifted their stance, at least regarding private admissions by gay troops, although Congress has not yet formally repealed the law banning declared homosexuals.
  • Marine Corps General: Logistical Challenges, Costs to Homosexuals in Military

    03/27/2010 9:48:37 AM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 11 replies · 596+ views
    Dakota Voice ^ | March 27, 2010 | Bob Ellis
    As President Obama continues his campaign to undermine the moral fabric of our nation and American effectiveness on every front, the proposed repeal of Bill Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuals in the military has once again become a hot topic of discussion. To be clear, Obama is not pushing for a return to the pre-Clinton days when it was understood that homosexual behavior is incompatible with military service, period, regardless of whether the homosexual military member “told” or not. Obama is instead pressing for homosexuals to be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. Armed Forces. A...
  • FRC Criticizes Looser Enforcement of Law on Homosexuality in the Military

    03/25/2010 12:50:29 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 11 replies · 346+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | 25 March 2010 | FRC
    Today Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined new guidelines for the enforcement of the law preventing open homosexuality in the military. Secretary Gates raised the level of officer authorized to initiate an investigation to carry out fact-finding, and to make a decision to separate a military service member for homosexuality. He also raised the standard of what would constitute "credible information" to begin an inquiry or separation proceeding, and excluded certain confidential information from being used to initiate the discharge of homosexuals from the military. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins made the following comments: "These new guidelines undermine enforcement of...
  • GOP dismisses military study on gays as biased

    03/04/2010 8:08:09 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 352+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 3, 2010 | By Anne Flaherty
    Some Republicans are dismissing a planned nine-month Pentagon study on gays in the military as biased because it assumes Congress will eventually repeal the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” GOP lawmakers are likely to use the argument to try to chip away at the credibility of the assessment, which Defense Secretary Robert Gates envisions as the first comprehensive look at the policy in its 17-year lifetime. Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson and U.S. Army Forces Europe commander Gen. Carter Ham were expected to testify Wednesday before a House Armed Services subcommittee for the first time since being...
  • Gays in Military = Sex in Barracks

    02/27/2010 9:46:30 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 153 replies · 3,908+ views ^ | Feb 22 2010 | Dr. Paul Cameron Ph. D
    If homosexuals are allowed to serve in the military, they will be recruiting in the showers, having sex in the barracks, and straights will undergo sensitivity training. Before long, the U.S. may be defended by the sex-obsessed and those who can tolerate kowtowing to them. These are the truths that no one will speak. Forget about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT). The issue is NOT about whether those engaging in homosexual sex are, or are not, asked about their ‘sexual preferences.’ The real issue is whether the federal law against sodomy in the armed forces will be abolished either by...
  • Marine Corps: Study gay ban but don't hurt force

    02/24/2010 9:48:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 457+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/24/10 | Anne Flaherty - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Marine Corps commandant said Wednesday that the ability of U.S. troops to fight and win wars must trump other concerns as the nation considers whether to let gays to serve openly in the military. In testimony before a House committee, Gen. James Conway said he supports a Pentagon assessment to determine how to lift the ban. But he also suggested that civil rights ultimately would have to take a back seat if it meant tampering with the military's ability to protect the country. "That's what they have been built to do under the current construct and I...
  • Navy to Lift Ban on Women Serving Aboard Subs

    02/24/2010 1:04:01 PM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 58 replies · 1,247+ views ^ | Feb 24, 2010 | Mara Gay
    The military isn't asking, it's telling. In a letter to Congress last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates notified lawmakers that women will be allowed to serve on submarines for the first time in the Navy's 110-year history, ABC News reported. Congress has 30 days to pass a law to stop or delay the policy, but if it remains silent, women could be aboard Navy submarines in 18 months. The lifting of the ban removes one of the last glass ceilings for women in the military. Unless Congress steps in, women could be serving on Navy submarines for the first time...
  • Mackubin Thomas Owens: Defending ‘Don’t Ask’ - In the military, open homosexuality harms unit...

    02/09/2010 12:50:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 509+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | February 9, 2010 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Defending ‘Don’t Ask’In the military, open homosexuality harms unit cohesion.  In a February 3 Wall Street Journal op-ed, I argued that the current law forbidding homosexual military members to discuss their sexual orientation ought to remain in place. I based my contention on the importance of non-sexual bonding as the glue of unit cohesion, which is an important contributor to military effectiveness. As expected, I received a great deal of feedback, some positive, some negative. I thought it might be useful to respond to my critics’ most common objections. First, some argued that the studies indicating the importance of cohesion...
  • Gates: Panel has one year to plan for end to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    02/02/2010 10:19:37 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 47 replies · 797+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 3, 2010 | By Leo Shane III,
    Related Story: Mention of gay troops in State of the Union offers little clarity to path ahead WASHINGTON — Military commanders will look for ways to stop enforcing the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” law but could still take years to fully get rid of it, according to a plan outlined by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday. In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gates said he will establish a panel to examine how to repeal the military’s ban on openly gay troops, with a goal of creating an implementation plan by the end of the year. The...
  • The Case Against Gays in the Military

    02/02/2010 11:27:40 PM PST · by Red Steel · 53 replies · 1,136+ views
    wsj ^ | FEBRUARY 2, 2010, 7:27 P.M. ET | MACKUBIN THOMAS OWENS
    As expected, President Obama pledged during his State of the Union address to "work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay -snip- The law codified regulations in effect before President Bill Clinton's inauguration, making the historical prohibition against military service for homosexuals a matter of statute. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates observed in June of last year, "What we have is a law, not a policy or regulation. -snip- Favoritism and double standards are deadly to philia and its associated phenomena—cohesion, morale and discipline—are absolutely critical -snip- The presence of open homosexuals in...
  • Obama to make announcement on gay ban (in the military)

    01/26/2010 3:07:22 PM PST · by pabianice · 53 replies · 2,116+ views
    Navy Times | 1/26/10 | Maze
    Link Only. To begin after the State of the Union speech.
  • Pregnancy Equals Prison for US Troops in Iraq

    12/22/2009 2:21:55 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 27 replies · 857+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 12/22/09 | Bob McCarty
    Early last month, Army Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo (left) issued General Order #1 as a means of informing those assigned to his Multi-National Division North (a.k.a., "Task Force Marne") that becoming pregnant -- or assisting in the effort -- is one of several types of conduct deemed "prejudicial to the maintenance of good order and discipline" among members of the 22,000-strong task force headquartered in Tikrit, Iraq. In fact, it ranks alongside alcohol, drugs, guns and similar vices on the general's list of prohibited activities.
  • Exclusive: General Backs Off on Court Martials for Pregnant Soldiers

    12/22/2009 8:41:51 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 36 replies · 993+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 22, 2009 | LUIS MARTINEZ and SARAH NETTER
    An Army general in Iraq backed away from his threat today to court martial female soldiers who get pregnant. "I see absolutely no circumstance where I would punish a female soldier by court martial for a violation ... none," Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo III wrote to ABC News in an exclusive statement. " I fully intend to handle these cases through lesser disciplinary action." Cucolo triggered debate, some of it angry, when his Nov. 4 policy forbidding pregnancy among his soldiers became public recently. His policy statement said violation of the rule could be punishable by court martial, and that...
  • Panel urges ending UCMJ’s sodomy ban

    10/26/2009 1:09:41 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 48 replies · 2,299+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 27, 2009 | By Lisa M. Novak
    A panel of legal scholars has suggested that Congress remove sodomy as a crime punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a recommendation that could boost efforts to end a ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military. The Commission on Military Justice recommended that Article 125, which deals with sodomy, be repealed, arguing that “most acts of consensual sodomy committed by consenting military personnel are not prosecuted, creating a perception that prosecution of this sexual behavior is arbitrary.” In its report — dated October 2009 — the commission suggested several changes be made to the UCMJ, including...
  • Australian woman already serving on the front line

    09/09/2009 8:38:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 468+ views
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 10th September 2009 | Ian McPhedran
    AUSTRALIAN female soldiers are already serving on the front line and here is the photograph to prove it. As the debate rages about lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles, small numbers of female soldiers, such as army medic Jacqui de Gelder from Canberra, are already doing the business. She was on her first combat foot patrol in the village of Chora in Afghanistan just two weeks ago. The younger sister of navy clearance diver Paul de Gelder, who lost his foot to a shark attack in Sydney Harbour, spent the previous day treating victims of a suicide...
  • Push for women to fight on front line to improve recruitment

    09/09/2009 4:26:04 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 44 replies · 2,310+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 9, 2009 | Patrick Walters
    WOMEN should be able to serve in all frontline combat units of the Australian Defence Force, including the SAS and commando units, under a controversial plan that could avert a looming recruitment crisis. The push by Defence Personnel and Science Minister Greg Combet would remove gender as a criterion for selection for specialised categories of military service. The Rudd government wants to lift the proportion of women serving in the defence force from the current level of 13 per cent, as demographic pressures bear down on defence force recruitment over the next decade. Removing any gender discrimination for serving in...
  • One shot - Two kills (Vanity)

    07/14/2009 2:31:54 PM PDT · by areukiddingme1 · 29 replies · 1,727+ views
    Vanity | 14 July 2009 | areukiddingme1
    Imagine if you will, a battle scene where you are a Soldier or Marine and you are engaged in a fire fight outside of some remote village in Iraq or Afghanistan -- A fight for your lives. The loud noises, explosions, falling debris, flying shrapnel, shouting, the military radio crackling with current situation reporting and all of sudden the Soldier or Marine next to you takes a round to the shoulder and his blood is splattered on to you -- You have sustained several non life threatening cuts and scrapes that you are unaware of due to the adrenaline coursing...
  • U.S. may look to other nations for lessons on gays in military

    07/13/2009 12:04:33 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 48 replies · 1,523+ views
    Gazette ^ | David Crary | July 12, 2009 - 8:22 PM
    NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to dealing with gay personnel in the ranks, the contrasts are stark among some of the world’s proudest, toughest militaries — and these differing approaches are invoked by both sides as Americans renew debate over the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In the United States, more than 12,000 service members have been dismissed since 1994 because it became known they were gay. Current targets for discharge include a West Point graduate and Iraq war veteran, Army National Guard Lt. Dan Choi. In Britain, on the other hand, uniformed gay and lesbian service...