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  • Naval Commanding Officer Abruptly Resigns, Walks Off Ship

    11/25/2016 3:09:36 AM PST · by Fhios · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/23/2016 | JONAH BENNETT
    Navy Cmdr. Sarah DeGroot, commanding officer of the 420-person dock landing ship USS Rushmore, abruptly resigned Monday and walked off the job. ....
  • The Possibility of Closing Combat Roles for Women in the Military

    11/16/2016 11:26:27 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 11/15 | Bridget Naso
    “If you train the same, if you can keep up, you can mentally do it, why not?” one veteran said.Women can hold any job in the U.S. Military under the Obama Administration, a policy that may change under the Trump Administration. Last year, after a series of intensive studies that took years to complete, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the military to open all combat jobs to woman, allowing them to serve in some of the military's most demanding and difficult jobs, including special operations forces, such as the Army Delta units and Navy SEALs. Some female veterans, including Marine...
  • Army enters new era: 10 women pass first gender-integrated infantry officer course

    10/27/2016 11:56:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    The U.S. Army’s first gender-integrated infantry office course has been completed by 10 of 12 women who took the challenge. A graduation ceremony was held Wednesday in Fort Benning, Georgia, to celebrate 166 officers who attained the infantry’s iconic blue cord. Many of the female officers will now move on to challenges that include Ranger school and Airborne school.
  • Sailor's surprise birth while deployed on USS Eisenhower was a rare event. But it wasn't a first.

    09/15/2016 4:55:46 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 15, 2016 | Brock Vergakis
    Word quickly spread around the world this week that a sailor gave birth aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, and for good reason. Births aboard U.S. warships are rare. Births aboard a ship on a combat deployment are rarer still. But they’re not unheard of. The Navy does not keep statistics on the number of children born aboard its ships, but archived media reports show this is not the first time a sailor has had a baby at sea or aboard a ship in a combat zone. In one instance, a child died a day after being born...
  • First female soldier in Green Beret training fails to complete the course

    09/15/2016 12:22:28 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2016 | Alex Quade
    The first female soldier to participate in the Army’s initial training program for the Green Berets — side-by-side with men — has failed to complete the course this week, The Washington Times has learned. The enlisted soldier is the first woman to attend the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), the first step toward earning the Special Forces tab and the coveted Green Beret. The Times reported in July that two female officer candidates have been accepted to attend an SFAS class that begins in the spring.
  • A U.S. sailor fighting ISIS said she just had stomach pains. Then she gave birth at sea.

    09/14/2016 8:17:57 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 14 Sept 2016 | Amy B Wang
    On Saturday, a sailor on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower visited the aircraft carrier’s medical department, complaining of stomach pains. The ship’s doctors would soon discover why: The sailor was pregnant. Hours later, she gave birth to a 7-pound baby girl.... ...Urban would not say whether there are standard repercussions for a servicewoman failing to self-report a pregnancy.... Infant diapers, baby formula and an incubator were flown out to the carrier on the day of delivery,
  • The Heroic Story of a 9/11 Female Fighter Pilot That You've Probably Never Heard Before

    09/10/2016 7:44:20 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 67 replies
    popsugar.com ^ | September 9, 2016 | ELEANOR SHEEHAN
    When Heather Penney entered the cockpit of her F-16 fighter jet on Sept. 11, 2001, she knew it was unlikely she would ever survive. Her task? Take down the United Airlines Flight 93 that was unaccounted for after two planes struck the Twin Towers. She would have to do so in an unarmed fighter jet because equipping the plane with missiles would require too much time. Her plane would be the weapon; it was essentially a suicide mission. Penney never completed the job, though, because Flight 93 crashed as brave passengers wrestled control from the hijackers while it flew over...
  • Marines turn to girls high school sports teams for recruits

    08/14/2016 4:00:02 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 46 replies
    AP ^ | 13 Aug 16 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women. And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to girls high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps' rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women. Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10. "I've told them that 10 percent is where we want to go and they're working on it," Neller told The Associated Press in an...
  • Female Sailor Commended For 'Extraordinary Courage' in Iran Boat Seizure

    08/12/2016 9:23:34 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 94 replies
    Newsmax ^ | August 11, 2016 | Jason Devaney
    A female U.S. sailor was recognized last week for her efforts during the January incident that resulted in Iran detaining 10 Americans. Military.com reports the only female among the two crews of the Navy riverine boats that entered Iranian waters off Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf managed to activate an emergency beacon while she was kneeling, bound, and being held at gunpoint with her colleagues.
  • Republicans and Democrats on Women in Combat

    08/09/2016 12:50:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2016 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The subject of women in the military was addressed by both political parties at their national conventions last month, and it's no surprise that Republicans and Democrats came to diametrically opposite conclusions. After the two parties adopted sharply conflicting platforms in Cleveland and Philadelphia, Congress must now try to reconcile the same conflict in the annual defense policy bill known as NDAA, because the House version of that bill reflects the Republican view while the Senate version includes the Democrat position. The Republican platform states, "We oppose unnecessary policy changes including Selective Service registration of women for a possible future...
  • First female Marine officers graduate artillery school

    07/11/2016 7:31:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 46 replies
    Quantico Sentry ^ | July 1, 2016 | Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte
    Marine Corps implements force integration plan, graduates first female artillery officers Second Lt. Virginia Brodie points out an enemy position to 2nd Lt. Katherine Boy at the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leadership Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May 12, 2016. Brodie and Boy are the first two female Marine artillery officers to complete the course. Photo By: Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte The Marine Corps’ first female artillery officers graduated from the Field Artillery Basic Officers Leaders Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, recently. In the joint Army and Marine course, the Corps’ newest artillery officers met operationally relevant, gender-neutral military...
  • US Marines To Accept Chubbier Women

    07/06/2016 7:13:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 7/6/16 | Tyler Durden
    In an effort to maintain the new status quo of cutting standards everywhere in the name of equality and "progress", the Marine Corps announced major changes over the Fourth of July holiday weekend regarding how much it will allow service members to weigh, and the biggest shift comes for women: going forward "larger" ladies will be allowed to defend the country while also standards used within the physical fitness test will also be relaxed. In a document released by USMC Fitness division, the new height and weight standard took effect on July 1, 2016 and is relaxing regulations to increase...
  • Equal Access to the Draft Is Equality Not Worth Having

    06/20/2016 5:50:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    RINF ^ | June 20, 2016
    The New York Times recently reported that the Senate has voted to require women to register for the draft, with few Senators in opposition. This bill comes as no surprise given the military has been increasingly opening its doors to women. This culminated in last December when “…Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said in December that the Pentagon would open all combat jobs to women…” which helped military officials advise Congress to make the draft apply for both women and men. This bill has such broad and widespread support because of its intuitive appeal: If all combat jobs are open...
  • Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft (McConnell, McCain for; Cruz against)

    06/15/2016 8:31:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 225 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2016 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER
    In the latest and perhaps decisive battle over the role of women in the military, Congress is embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18. On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties. The United States has not used the draft since 1973 during the Vietnam War. But...
  • New Miss USA from DC to take a break from Army reserves

    06/06/2016 1:58:30 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Associated PressMSN ^ | June 5, 2016
    The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat. "As a woman in the United States Army, I think ... we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I'm powerful, I am dedicated," Deshauna Barber said. "Gender does not limit us in the United States." The winner of Sunday's 2016 Miss USA competition held at the T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest.
  • Women in the Combat Arms: The Greatest Disaster in US Military History

    06/04/2016 8:10:27 PM PDT · by pboyington · 70 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | June 4, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    Operation You Go Girl is destined to fail; failure defined not as a NO GO, or an F, but as the nation’s young women flown home in flag draped Glad Bags when the nation loses the next war(s). When this happens, the Hollywood producers, the feminists and the cultural Marxists who were responsible for forcing the nation’s women to experience the horrors of ground combat will scratch their heads and wonder why reality is so much different from their imaginary ideas of women in combat. Think about this: US defense policy is now being run on a fantasy propagated by...
  • Air Force secretary supports draft registration for women

    06/03/2016 4:03:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Ottumwa Courier ^ | June 3, 2016 | Richard Lardner, the Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force's top civilian official said Friday she supports requiring young women to register for a potential military draft as Congress heads toward a divisive debate over whether to erase gender restrictions from Selective Service. Air Force Secretary Deborah James said there's no reason women shouldn't have to sign up just as men between the ages of 18 and 25 do. Women have never before been required to register in the United States and including them in a draft pool has outraged social conservatives....
  • West Point cadet draws outrage after being caught using her cellphone during march

    05/24/2016 2:40:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 23, 2016 | Alfred Ng
    Text, text, text-right, text. Veterans are outraged that a West Point cadet decided to phone it in during a march on Saturday morning. The cadet, who was wrapping up a 47-month training experience and graduating, had her eyes glued to her phone instead of paying attention to marching.
  • 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...
  • GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft

    05/17/2016 11:11:35 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 112 replies
    Fairfield Citizen ^ | 5-17-16 | Richard Lardner
    Buckling under conservative pressure, the Republican-led House Rules Committee pulled a legislative sleight of hand and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required women between the ages of 18 and 25 to sign up for a military draft. The committee's chairman, Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said in a statement Tuesday the action was taken to prevent what he called a "reckless policy" from moving forward without closer study of its impact. "I have the utmost respect and deepest appreciation for the young women who bravely volunteer to serve our country, but I am adamantly...
  • John McCain Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill [With Updates]

    05/13/2016 8:32:22 AM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 132 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | May 12, 2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    Pregnant, female, Navy SEALs was something many of us used to joke about as a way of exaggerating the absurd social engineering in the military. Yet, placing women in special operations and direct combat units has now become a reality under the Obama-led Pentagon. Sadly, not only have Republicans like John McCain refused to use their perches on the Armed Services Committees in the House and Senate to block this social engineering, they are now codifying it with a provision that could lead to a mandatory draft of all women. Earlier this week, I noted that the final House version...
  • The Tragedy of Women in Combat

    05/06/2016 9:35:06 PM PDT · by pboyington · 68 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 6, 2016 | Nolan Nelson
    Ash Carter’s announcement December of 2015 demonstrated the Obama’s Administration attachment to a political ideology fueled by arrogance and premeditated ignorance. His direction of any long period of study and vigorous debate has been among those mutually supportive creatures that have metastasized throughout the military to serve a social agenda bringing future needless devastation. Most of the points I highlight about women in combat arose first when the decision was made to do away with DADT. A lot of good men are going to have to die in years to come to cover up this disaster. This tragedy of women...
  • Louisiana woman, 25, makes history as FIRST female to enlist in the US Army Infantry

    04/10/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by PROCON · 84 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | April 9, 2016 | ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES
    A 25-year-old Louisiana woman made history this week after becoming the first female to enlist in the US Army Infantry School. Tammy Grace Barnett, a former police officer, took the oath of enlistment on Thursday at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Shreveport. Barnett initially planned to join the military police, before deciding she wanted to serve her country on the front lines.
  • First Female Recruits Issued 'Dixie Cup' Covers at RTC

    04/06/2016 3:58:36 PM PDT · by wastedyears · 24 replies
    navy.mil ^ | 4/5/2016 | Susan Krawczyk
    First Female Recruits Issued 'Dixie Cup' Covers at RTC
  • Navy Bureaucracy Has No Idea How To Make Job Title ‘Yeoman’ Gender-Neutral

    04/04/2016 6:13:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 104 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/4/16 | Jonah Bennett
    The Navy is hell-bent on adjusting job titles to suit gender equality, but the bureaucracy is stumped on changing the clerical position of “yeoman” and has mulled over alternatives like “yeo-person” and “yeo-specialist” as replacements.But up to this point, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens has rejected all these new alternatives to the administrative position of yeoman, The New York Times reports.As part of the effort to integrate women into all combat roles, the Navy has pushed to make job titles with the word “man” more gender neutral, preferring titles like “technician” and “specialist” over “rifleman,”...
  • The Death of the US Marine Corps

    03/21/2016 8:32:13 PM PDT · by pboyington · 38 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    The US Marines are the latest casualty in the Maoist Cultural Revolution being shoved down the throat of the military and incinerating the fighting spirit and readiness of the armed forces like a five alarm fire. As reported this week by Military.Com, Marines across the Corps will be challenged on their unconscious prejudices and presuppositions as women get the opportunity to become grunts for the first time. Unconscious prejudices and presuppositions defined as simple facts such as women lack the upper body strength, the aerobic lung capacity, testosterone for aggressiveness, are more prone to injuries, while possessing a myriad of...
  • Woman Nominated To Head A Combatant Command For First Time

    03/18/2016 2:01:41 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 53 replies
    NPR ^ | March 18, 2016 | Camila Domonoske
    Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson will be nominated as the next head of U.S. Northern Command, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Friday. If approved, she would be the first female head of a combatant command. The U.S. military divides the world into geographic regions that are each overseen by a four-star general or admiral directing military operations across the branches of service. None of those combatant commanders has ever been a woman. Northern Command, or Northcom, is charged with defending the U.S. homeland. The current commander of NorthCom, Admiral Bill Gortney, is also the commander of the well-known North American...
  • 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...
  • Military beginning to recruit women for combat jobs

    03/03/2016 6:29:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 3, 2016 5:50 PM EST | Lolita C. Baldor
    The military services are already beginning to recruit women for combat jobs, including as Navy SEALs, and could see them serving in previously male-only Army and Marine Corps infantry units by this fall, according to new plans endorsed by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and obtained by The Associated Press. Some of the services predict that only small numbers of women will volunteer or get through training courses, details of the plans show. The Marine Corps estimates 200 women a year will move into ground combat jobs. And U.S. Special Operations Command said it anticipates a "small number" of volunteers for...
  • Evangelicals rip draft registration for women

    02/20/2016 2:51:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 19, 2016 | Aysha Khan
    Key evangelical leaders are staunchly opposing a proposal to register women for the military draft, saying it would weaken America's military readiness and is at odds with traditional male-female relationships. "A nation relying on female combatants is a nation that has been brought to its knees by political correctness," said Andrew Walker of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Recently in Congress, Army and Marine Corps leaders testified in favor of registering women for the Selective Service. "Not only Evangelicals, but also Catholics and Christian pacifists should speak out," Chelsen Vicari of the Institute on Religion and...
  • Ted Cruz: Making U.S. women eligible to be drafted is 'nuts'

    02/07/2016 6:50:58 PM PST · by NYRepublican72 · 93 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/7/2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Peterborough, New Hampshire (CNN)Ted Cruz told a New Hampshire audience Sunday that requiring women to sign up for the draft is "nuts," breaking with the views of several Republican presidential rivals. Two days before the New Hampshire primary Cruz veered off his stump speech to blast his GOP competitors on the issue, which came up at the ABC debate Saturday. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie all said or suggested they'd support women being required to enroll in Selective Service and be eligible for the draft, since female service members can now serve in combat roles. Cruz was not...
  • Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

    02/07/2016 12:59:24 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 7, 2015 | Michael Warren
    Full Title: Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense' and Cruz called America's enemies, not its soldiers, "psychopaths." Peterborough, N.H.- Ted Cruz came out against requiring 18-year-old women to register for the Selective Service and the possibility of being drafted into the military. At a campaign event here Sunday afternoon, Cruz responded to some of his rivals, like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who said in Saturday's debate that women should have to register. "It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said. "I...
  • 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...
  • Our Christian Daughters Potentially Subject to Selective Service Registration

    02/06/2016 4:36:00 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 68 replies
    Bible-Literalist Writings ^ | February 3, 2016 | Robert E. Patenaude, Th.D.
    An Open Letter to Independent Baptist Pastors in the Indiana 9th Congressional District. February 3, 2016 (Revised) Our Christian Daughters Potentially Subject to Selective Service Registration Dear Pastors: At some point you will have to develop a genuine conviction from the Scriptures on issues related to (1) Christian women serving in the Armed Forces; (2) Christian women serving in combat roles; (3) Christian women being required by federal law to register for Selective Service (register for the draft). American women have pushed their “rights” to serve in military functions alongside men, including in combat roles, to the point that now...
  • Is it Time for Women to Register for the Selective Service Program?

    02/06/2016 8:32:21 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 33 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week, while addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the ongoing effort to open combat positions to female troops, the Marine Corps commandant and Army chief of staff both told senators "that they believe women should be required to sign up for the military draft now that they are being integrated into all combat positions." The generals, Robert Neller, USMC and Mark Milley, US Army, told the committee that women should no longer be exempted from the Selective Service program. The integration of women into combat position without a long term study by the defense department is being forced...
  • Marine Corps Ordered to Make Boot Camp Coed, Remove 'Man' from Titles

    01/07/2016 10:40:49 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 117 replies
    Military.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | Hope Hodge Seck
    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has given Marine Corps brass two weeks to submit a plan to train male and female recruits together at boot camp and fully integrate officer candidate school. He's also calling for the Marines to make all job titles gender-neutral as the service opens currently closed ground combat jobs to women. In a Jan. 1 memo obtained by Military.com and first reported by Marine Corps Times, Mabus ordered the Corps to send him a detailed plan by Jan. 15 for making boot camp and officer training coed. He also requested that the Marines provide him with a...
  • Christian female soldiers of Female Protection Forces battle ISIS on border of Syria, Turkey

    12/22/2015 3:25:45 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 22, 2015 | John Boyd
    The fight against the Islamic State has found perhaps an unlikely new ally. In a region that overwhelmingly identifies as Muslim, a small group of Christian, female soldiers has formed to battle ISIS on the Syria-Turkey border. "The Female Protection Forces of the Land Between Two Rivers" is comprised of roughly 50 Christian women – hairdressers, cultural society workers and mothers back home, according to the UK's Independent – who are taking up arms to protect fellow Christians in the region and stand up to what ISIS propaganda labels a woman's "divinely appointed right" to stay at home.
  • Christian Female Fighters Take on IS in Syria

    12/14/2015 5:59:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 12/12/15 | Delil Souleiman
    Hasakeh (Syria) (AFP) - Babylonia has no regrets about leaving behind her two children and her job as a hairdresser to join a Christian female militia battling against the Islamic State group in Syria. The fierce-looking 36-year-old in fatigues from the Syriac Christian minority in the northeast believes she is making the future safe for her children. "I miss Limar and Gabriella and worry that they must be hungry, thirsty and cold. But I try to tell them I'm fighting to protect their future," she told AFP. Babylonia belongs to a small, recently created battalion of Syriac Christian women in...
  • The Greatest Lie Ever Told - Female Rangers

    12/04/2015 8:30:29 PM PST · by pboyington · 29 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 4, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Yesterday, Ash Carter jumped the shark and announced that women would now be authorized to serve in the combat arms and special operations units of the US military without exception. I find it more than insidious that Carter made this major announcement less than 24 hours in the wake of the horrific San Bernardino terrorist attack. It’s almost like they wanted to fly right under the radar of the media, which has deployed in force to Southern California’s Inland Empire. Carter may have thought he was being clever and no doubt he is under orders from the White House. Unfortunately,...
  • Congressman Asks for Documents to Find Out Whether Women Got Special Treatment at Ranger School

    09/30/2015 1:27:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    People Magazine ^ | September 22, 2015 | Susan Keating
    A congressman who is a combat veteran and Ranger graduate has asked the Pentagon's top Army leader to produce documents related to the performance of the females who began Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia earlier this year, PEOPLE has learned. In a letter obtained exclusively by PEOPLE, Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., gave outgoing Army Secretary John McHugh until September 25 to produce documents revealing the women's test scores, evaluations, injuries, pre-training and more. The letter was delivered to McHugh's Pentagon office on September 15. "The training of our combat warriors is paramount to our national defense," Russell wrote to...
  • 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.
  • How It Really Went Down in the First Class to Graduate Female Rangers

    08/21/2015 8:26:48 PM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 166 replies
    SOFREP ^ | 8/21/2015 | Rudy Mac
    The following was written by Rudy Mac, a Ranger-qualified, company-grade infantry officer serving on active duty in a light unit in the U.S. Army. By the time most of you read this story, 96 newly tabbed Rangers and their friends and families will be celebrating the completion of one of the most arduous and demanding courses that the Army has to offer. For them, this coming weekend will undoubtedly involve hours of some of the most satisfying sleep of their lives, interspersed with exorbitant feasts of all of the foods that they have been dreaming about, talking about, and listing...
  • 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.
  • BUDS to be opened up to women.

    08/19/2015 4:58:59 PM PDT · by hillarys cankles · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | August 19, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Washington (CNN)The U.S. Navy is preparing to allow women into the ranks of its SEAL teams, the Navy's chief operations officer told Defense News on Tuesday. "Why shouldn't anybody who can meet these (standards) be accepted? And the answer is, there is no reason," Adm. Jon Greenert told the publication. "So we're on a track to say, 'Hey look, anybody who can meet the gender non-specific standards, then you can become a SEAL.'" If women can pass the unit's demanding training requirements, Greenert said, they will be allowed into the elite force. Officials did not reveal to Defense News when...
  • Suicide rate of female military veterans is called 'staggering'

    06/08/2015 8:11:06 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08 June 2015 | By Alan Zarembo
    ew government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces.. Their suicide rate is so high that it approaches that of male veterans, a finding that surprised researchers because men generally are far more likely than women to commit suicide. "It's staggering," said Dr. Matthew Miller, an epidemiologist and suicide expert at Northeastern University who was not involved in the research. "We have to come to grips with why...
  • Out of 8 women in Army Ranger school, guess how many graduated?

    06/01/2015 10:56:35 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 60 replies
    Allenbwest.com ^ | 6-1-15 | Col. Allen West
    <p>"Eight of the 20 women who originally entered the school’s first co-ed class were allowed to recycle through the program after they fell out in their first go-round.”"</p>
  • Remaining female candidates must restart Ranger training after missing mark in 1st phase

    05/08/2015 6:07:02 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 8, 2015
    None of the remaining eight female candidates going through the Army Ranger School made it out of the first phase of training at Fort Benning, Ga., defense officials told Fox News -- though they scored high enough to try again as early as next week. The candidates were the first women to train for the elite force as part of a program that began in February. While they did not do well enough to move on to the next phase of training, an Army Ranger statement said the eight women -- along with 101 men in the same situation --...
  • Navy Secretary: ‘We Don’t Have Enough Women in Navy or Marine Corps’

    05/01/2015 2:20:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 1, 2015 | 7:19 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “We don’t have enough women in either the Navy or the Marine Corps, and we’ve got to do a better job of recruiting and we’ve got to do a better job of retaining those women,” Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus Jr. said on Thursday. He told a gathering at the National Press Club that he’s in the process of changing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps uniforms—“so that when you look out, you see American sailors and Marines, not particularly female sailors or male sailors…And this is symbolic in terms of not segregating women, of making sure that they are substantively...
  • Females In Ranger School Hack Off Hair To Maintain Equality

    04/25/2015 7:08:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 104 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/25/15 | Jonah Bennett
    To assuage fears that different standards will apply to men and women in Ranger School, women have been required to sport short haircuts, as well.“The standard for the Ranger course is for students to have the shortest haircut authorized by AR 670-1,” Col. William Butler, deputy commandant of the U.S. Army Infantry School, told Army Times.The idea is to maintain strict standards of hygiene. Short hair makes it much easier to spot ticks. Women are not allowed to have hair extending more than one inch from the scalp. If there are any bangs, they may not fall below the eyebrows.Nineteen...
  • Marine Corps Infantry Gender Experiment. FAIL!

    04/11/2015 5:50:44 AM PDT · by kingattax · 72 replies
    UFP News ^ | 04/11/2015 | SGT A
    Well, it’s finally over with… The United States Marine Corps for the past three years, at the direction of those in the Department of Defense, following the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, Barrack Hussein Obama, have completed their experiment attempting to integrate women into combat arms positions and units. The final result?… Epic FAIL! The effort came to an end on April 02, 2015, when the last of two female volunteers participating in the current Infantry Officers Course at Quantico, Virginia, were dropped during the grueling Combat Endurance Test. The unimaginably difficult course is the gauntlet that every Marine Corps Officer...