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  • Study Finds Women Don't Belong in Combat

    06/11/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 48 replies
    Aruz Sheva ^ | 6/11/2014 | Gil Ronen
    New book shows women in combat suffer much more serious non-combat injuries, alleges IDF cover-up. A new book sums up 13 years of research on female participation in IDF combat units and declares the feminist experiment in the Israeli military a failure. “Lochamot Betzahal” by Col. (res.) Raza Sagi, a former infantry regiment commander, points to high rates of serious injury among women serving in combat units, and to involvement of radical political groups behind the scenes of the campaign for combat service by women. ..... "The study found that a particularly high percentage of women who served in combat...
  • A Marine's story: Women set up to fail USMC’s most grueling test

    04/21/2014 12:00:08 PM PDT · by kingattax · 130 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4-21-14 | Martha Raddatz, Richard Coolidge & Jordyn Phelps
    VIDEO AT LINKAt a petite 5’3’’, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys’ teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And...
  • Marines, Army prepare women for combat

    04/13/2014 5:36:52 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 120 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/13/2014
    The military is taking steps to prepare women for combat roles in 2016. The Marine Corps announced that it would give young female lieutenants who wash out of the grueling Infantry Officer Course a second shot, same as their male counterparts. The Army is conducting a study to test just how fit a soldier has to be to engage in combat. The study involves 60 women and 100 men. CBS News reported on both developments last week. The Marine Corps announcement came after Marine 2nd Lt. Sage Santangelo took the Infantry Officer Court and wrote about her experience last month...
  • Women in peacekeeping [UN]

    03/30/2014 1:54:13 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    United Nations ^ | 27 March 2014
    As peacekeeping has evolved to encompass a broader humanitarian approach, women have become increasingly part of the peacekeeping family. Click on the image to see the full infographic Women are deployed in all areas – police, military and civilian – and have made a positive impact on peacekeeping environments, both in supporting the role of women in building peace and protecting women's rights. In all fields of peacekeeping, women peacekeepers have proven that they can perform the same roles, to the same standards and under the same difficult conditions, as their male counterparts. It is an operational imperative that we...
  • Female Marine Pullup Failure Doesn’t Mean Women Aren’t Strong

    01/04/2014 2:41:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 90 replies
    The Federalist ^ | JANUARY 3, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    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. Beginning this week, all female Marines were supposed to be able to do at least three...
  • Zionist Rabbi: Enlisting Women Dangerous, Immoral

    12/29/2013 6:53:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 12/26/2013, 11:44 AM | Maayana Miskin
    Rabbi Yaakov Ariel, the Chief Rabbi of Ramat Gan, has come out with strong statements against mandatory military service for women. Rabbi Ariel was particularly outspoken regarding combat service for women, but made it clear in an interview with Arutz Sheva that he opposes mandatory non-combat service as well. Female soldiers should serve strictly in a volunteer capacity, he declared. […] Rabbi Ariel then made a clear distinction between male and female recruits. “We are against the approach of ‘enslaving’ girls. Women are not combatants. Women and men cannot serve together in the field in combat—it is dangerous to security,...
  • 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.
  • Army PR push: 'Average-looking women' (Part of their agenda)

    11/19/2013 4:02:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 19, 2013 | Kate Brannen
    The Army should use photos of “average-looking women” when it needs to illustrate stories about female soldiers, a specialist recommends — images of women who are too pretty undermine the communications strategy about introducing them into combat roles. That’s the gist of an internal Army e-mail an Army source shared with POLITICO. “In general, ugly women are perceived as competent while pretty women are perceived as having used their looks to get ahead,” wrote Col. Lynette Arnhart, who is leading a team of analysts studying how best to integrate women into combat roles that have previously been closed off to...
  • 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.
  • Women to be assigned to fast-attack submarines by January 2015

    10/17/2013 6:50:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 45 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | October 16, 2013 | Jennifer Hlad
    The USS Virginia and the USS Minnesota will be the first two gender-integrated fast-attack submarines, the Navy announced Tuesday. Six women — four nuclear-trained officers and two supply corps officers — will report to the subs by January 2015, after completing the nuclear submarine training pipeline, according to the Navy. Women are already serving aboard the ballistic missile subs the USS Wyoming, USS Louisiana and USS Maine, and the guided missile subs USS Florida, USS Georgia and USS Ohio. The Navy in 2010 officially changed the policy that had previously prohibited women from serving aboard submarines. Since then, 43 women...
  • 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 member’s 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 considering affirmative action in combat

    07/26/2013 9:39:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Dorton
    Senior military personnel are considering now giving women different military training than men, The Washington Times reports. The effort was proposed by Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Niki Tsongas at a recent House Armed Services Committee hearing because so far, she says training systems do not “maximize the success of women.” Though the armed services have promised that combat standards will be the same regardless of gender, senior officers are considering initially separate training systems. Army Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, serving as deputy chief of staff for personnel, considers separate training programs to be more about considering all soldiers as individuals, citing...
  • Two more female officers fail in Marines’ infantry course

    07/03/2013 9:46:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    A third pair of female Marine lieutenants has failed to complete the Corps’ Infantry Officer Course at Quantico, Va. The Marine Corps Times embedded a reporter with the latest class of candidates. It reported Wednesday that one of the women was pulled for falling behind schedule. The other made it to the course’s end but did not meet its standards, as did six men, the newspaper said. Corps commanders have said they will not lower standards to ensure that women can qualify for direct ground combat units. The Pentagon last winter lifted the ban on women in such jobs, but...
  • Hagel: Why Shouldn't Women Have 'Same Opportunities' as Men to Serve in Combat?

    06/21/2013 1:21:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 96 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/21/13 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Why shouldn't women in the military have the same opportunities as men do? Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asked on Thursday. It's not a matter of lowering standards, he said. In remarks at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Hagel was asked how he feels about putting females on the front lines of combat -- "based on our social background of men being the protectors of women," as the questioner put it. Hagel's reponse: First, I think everyone understands, and this is the right thing, we can't lower standards. We have high standards. We should have high standards. Our...
  • Military plans would put women in most combat jobs

    06/18/2013 12:17:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 18, 2013
    Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later. The military services have mapped out a schedule that also will include reviewing and possibly changing the physical and mental standards that men and women will have to meet in order to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy,...
  • Was There Any Doubt About The Outcome? (TRADOC - Women in infantry. The myth of gender neutrality.)

    05/20/2013 11:42:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    Blackfive ^ | 5-19-2013 | Deebow
    Well, it appears that TRADOC is now well into the process of attempting to destroy the greatest armed force that the world has ever known. Training and Doctrine Command has launched “two major efforts in support of this full integration of women soldiers.” TRADOC has started a scientific review working with U.S. Army Medical Command, U.S. Army Research Institute for Environmental Medicine and Army Research Institute to assist in the development of gender-neutral physical standards for all Areas of Concentration for commissioned officers and military occupational specialties for enlisted soldiers.In addition, the “TRADOC Analysis Center is examining the institutional and cultural...
  • Marines shift focus to get women to front line

    05/01/2013 1:52:06 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 50 replies
    wmbfnews.com ^ | April 24, 2013 | David Klugh
    PARRIS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - The next war fought by American troops will be fought by men and women on the front line. Today, women are allowed - even encouraged - to serve wherever they're needed. And that has every branch of the military racing to develop a plan to make sure they are not only willing to fight, but ready for the job physically and emotionally. At Parris Island the new role of women in the Marine Corps is changing tradition and attitudes about training at one of the nation's premier boot camps. It has never has been training...
  • Women in Combat: War for and Against Women

    04/14/2013 7:16:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 39 replies
    The New American ^ | 4/12/2013 | Cort Kirkwood
    In January, Obama’s soon-to-resign Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that women will be assigned to combat missions in the U.S. military. The object, we were told, was “to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field” so that women can enter combat positions, since not being permitted to fight holds back careers. This assumes that the purpose of the military is advancing careers, not defending the country. Thus, women will march alongside men into the meatgrinder of war if Congress doesn’t stop it. Feminists have been pushing for the change for at least 20 years. In 1992, the Presidential Commission on the...
  • Former Tucson lawmaker Terri Proud is fired for remarks on female veterans; her supervisor resigns

    04/07/2013 1:49:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 51 replies
    azstarnet.com ^ | April 04, 2013
    Former Tucson lawmaker Terri Proud, who was just hired by the state Veterans' Services Department, was fired Wednesday in the wake of her statement in a news story that menstrual cycles might be too problematic for women to be in combat. The department director who hired her has resigned. Joey Strickland submitted his resignation letter on Tuesday, shortly after the Arizona Sonora News Service story on Proud appeared in the Star. Proud was a personal appointee of Strickland's to the $40,000 administrative assistant position and didn't go through a formal hiring process. She was terminated Wednesday, before she even officially...
  • Female Marines Fail Infantry Officer Course

    04/03/2013 11:09:10 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 92 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | April 3, 2013 10:28 am | WASHINGTON FREE BEACON STAFF
    The only two women to participate in the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course (IOC) failed ongoing tests to determine which infantry positions should be available to women, according to the Marine Corps Times: The women failed the introductory Combat Endurance Test, a punishing test of physical strength and endurance, officials at Marine Corps headquarters said Tuesday. The latest class began March 28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., with 110 lieutenants participating. Ninety-six men passed the initial endurance test. Twelve men and two women — the only female Marines taking part — failed. The two women both volunteered to participate...
  • General Dempsey NPR Interview 25 March 2013

    03/26/2013 9:01:04 AM PDT · by binreadin · 18 replies
    NPR Interview | vanity
    Did anyone else hear Gen Dempsey's interview on NPR yesterday afternoon? He said that they had to bring women into combat, as only one in four young males in our nation were eligible for enlistment due to the national dropout rate and the increased number of legal problems experienced in the young male demographic. Therefore, they had to allow women to enter previously restricted combat fields in order to meet the military requirements. He stated that the physical standards for these fields needed to be "dusted off" and re-examined, as it might be possible that intellectual and other personal attributes...
  • Seven Myths About “Women in Combat"

    03/19/2013 9:23:52 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Michael Yon ^ | 17 March 2013 | G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.)
    Seven Myths About “Women in Combat" Written by G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.) 17 March 2013 Published here with permission from the author. Written By: G.S. Newbold, Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret.) Marine photo / Cpl. Jennifer Pirante Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michelle Berglin trains for an upcoming deployment at Camp Pendleton in January. Myth #1 – “It’s about women in combat.” No, it’s not. Women are already in combat, and are serving well and professionally. The issue should be more clearly entitled, “Women in the infantry.” And this is a decidedly different proposition. Myth #2 – “Combat has changed”...
  • Why Women’s Issues Are Men’s Issues Too

    03/18/2013 6:30:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2013 | Katie Kieffer
    President Obama and Sandra Fluke both callthemselves lawyers and “reproductive rights activists” without giving you any indication that they understand the Constitution or basic biology. I’m not a lawyer, but I understand the Constitution. I’m not a reproductive rights activist, but Iaced Biology 101. So I can tell you that Sandra and Barack are wrong when they classify women in combat and contraception as “women’s issues.” Military combat and contraception coverage are not women’s issues. They are freedom issues and freedom is just as important to men as it is to women. Liberals love dismissing “freedom issues” as “women’s issues”...
  • Truth To VAWA: Libs wink at violence against women

    03/14/2013 7:38:06 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | March 14, 2013 | Daniel Clark
    Truth To VAWA: Libs wink at violence against women by Daniel Clark Congressional Republicans’ halfhearted resistance to the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has been portrayed as evidence of the GOP’s “War on Women” – a campaign that we know exists because Jay Leno’s wife tells him so, and that’s corroboration enough to satisfy most news editors. The bill would have sailed through, if not for the addition of several Democrat amendments. The most controversial of these allows non-Indian men who are accused of assaulting American Indian women on reservations to be tried by the tribal courts, thereby...
  • The war on 18-year-old girls (women in combat, draft registration)

    03/04/2013 8:57:32 PM PST · by Perseverando · 34 replies
    WND ^ | March 4, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The real war against women is the announced plan of the Obama administration, using outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as the fall guy, to assign women for the first time in American history to fight our nation’s enemies in military ground combat. That’s real war, with real guns, real bullets and real deaths. This war doesn’t involve only women who have volunteered to serve in our military. It’s a real war against all 18-year-old American girls, because for the first time in our nation’s history they will be required to sign up for the draft and be ready for...
  • Military brass marching to Obama’s beat [Benedict Arnold(s)?]

    03/01/2013 8:15:13 PM PST · by Perseverando · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 28, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    The military leadership is proving to be a solid ally of President Obama in political Washington, adopting his social revolution and willing to serve as backdrops to the White House's campaign-style drive to win the budget battle with Republicans. The armed forces have launched an unrelenting lobbying effort on Capitol Hill with a flood of briefing charts to defense staffers. They show the damage that automatic budget cuts called "sequestration" would do to the troops -- and to jobs in congressional districts. The charts coincide with the White House push to blame congressional Republicans for the spending cuts, which begin...
  • Women in combat units: Could it reduce sexual assault in the military?

    02/16/2013 5:31:35 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 49 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Anna Mulrine
    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says that he is hopeful that making the combat roles of women official will create a greater environment of respect for women, which in turn may have an impact on instances of sexual harassment and assault. “I believe it's because we've had separate classes of military personnel, at some level,” he said at a press conference Thursday. General Dempsey was quick to add that sexual assault is “far more complicated than that – but when you have one part of the population that is designated as warriors and another part...
  • “Morning Joe” panel: Second look at instituting a public-service draft for young Americans?

    02/15/2013 3:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 15, 2013 | Allahpundi
    This one’s long but stick with it. The good stuff doesn’t start happening until after we’re treated to the thousandth iteration of Charlie Rangel’s master plan to end war as we know it by reinstituting a military draft which virtually no one supports and which Congress will never again feel safe voting for. A draft which, incidentally, he thinks should now include women: “Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts,” Rangel said in a statement. “Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel...
  • Panetta Says Hillary Clinton Inspired His Women-in-Combat Decision

    02/15/2013 11:31:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 15, 2013 | Susan Jones
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Hillary Clinton inspired his decision to allow women in combat. “And in many ways, I have to tell you, it was her inspiration that encouraged me to move forward to be able to bring down the last barriers for women in the Department of Defense and to give them the ability to have a chance to engage in combat. I thank you for that inspiration,” Panetta told Clinton at a Pentagon ceremony on Thursday. …
  • McCain Says He Would be “Comfortable” With His Daughter Serving in Combat

    02/13/2013 8:55:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 13, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he would “feel not only comfortable but proud” if he had a daughter serving in a front-line combat position in the U.S. military. … Sen. McCain has seven children, including four sons and three daughters. His son Jimmy served in the Marine Corps and two others—Jack and Doug—are or were Navy pilots. …
  • 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...
  • The Turret Gunner Was a She

    02/08/2013 9:37:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 8, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Martin Dempsey, the Army general who's now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a division commander when he got to Baghdad in 2003 and climbed into a Humvee for his first trip off base. "I asked the driver ... who he was (and) where he was from," the general remembers, "and I slapped the turret gunner around the leg and I said, 'Who are you?' And she leaned down and said, 'I'm Amanda.' "And I said, 'Ah, OK.' So female turret gunner protecting division commander." One of the things that makes a good commander is the speed...
  • Women in Combat

    02/06/2013 3:46:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Walter E. 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...
  • Women in Combat: Battling Nature, Battering Reality

    02/03/2013 9:11:04 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 3, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Senseless advice and nothing nice; that’s what little-girls-in-combat policy is made of. The obvious has already been said about placing women in front-line combat positions. Their presence will reduce unit cohesiveness; male soldiers’ natural instinct to protect women will influence battlefield decisions; there will be the problem of sexual impropriety within the ranks and of rape when women are captured; women will have more trouble measuring up to the physical and psychological demands of battle; special accommodations will no doubt be made so that women may tend to feminine concerns; and, as the high pregnancy rate aboard naval vessels has...
  • Army Night Stalkers opening helicopters for women

    02/02/2013 1:22:05 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    AP ^ | February 01, 2013
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another one of the many military jobs on the front lines of combat may be opening to women: Flying the high-tech helicopters that move special forces under cover of darkness for missions like the one that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The Army's most elite aviation unit has proposed a test program to let women serve as pilots and crew chiefs, pending congressional approval. The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and known as the Night Stalkers, decided to give women a trial as pilots and crew chiefs as part of...
  • Joint Chiefs chairman: Women in combat spins 'the paradigm on its head'

    02/02/2013 2:02:01 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies
    theday.com ^ | January 31, 2013 | Jennifer McDermott
    New London — Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said the military's ban on women in combat had become embarrassing, and the decision to lift it may one day affect the draft. "What we've really done is spun the paradigm on its head," Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in his first visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Thursday. The question isn't "should a woman serve" in a job specialty, Dempsey said, it's "why shouldn't a woman serve?" "Will this expand into the selective service? It might," he said. "But that's a decision of Congress. I can...
  • Ft. Irwin Gen. says women welcome in combat

    02/02/2013 1:24:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    desertdispatch.com ^ | February 01, 2013 | BROOKE SELF
    BARSTOW • Women will officially be allowed in combat for the first time in U.S. history, the Secretary of Defense announced last week, and Fort Irwin’s commanding general says he welcomes the change. “Since the onset of the conflict (in Afghanistan), I’ve seen men and women do exciting things on the battlefield and that is truly amazing,” Brig. Gen. Terry Ferrell said. “The enemy we face doesn’t distinguish between men and women.” Ferrell said the National Training Center has placed women in different Military Occupation Specialties (MOS) since May 2012. “From a normal progression, it’s not surprising,” he said. “Our...
  • When Women Fight, Civilization Loses

    02/01/2013 9:38:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2013 | Diane West
    And so it came, the coup de grace. The final "barrier" to "opportunities" for women in combat is no more. With a stroke of their pens, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey decreed that no battlefield mission or military role is off-limits to the female sex. The defense secretary and the general thus liberated mothers, daughters, sisters and wives to kill and be killed in the infantry, commando raids, even in Obama administration "overseas contingency operations." In so doing, they also slashed away at that last institutional protection for the space that separates...
  • Push for all younger women to register with Selective Service gaining steam

    01/29/2013 7:12:33 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 68 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Bill Briggs
    adies, for the first time ever, Uncle Sam soon may be pointing at you. Days after the Pentagon cleared women to take certain combat roles, advocacy groups for military women say another new hour has arrived for all young female adults to register with Selective Service, the giant pool of names collected by the government should America ever opt to revive the draft. The movement to require women ages 18 to 25 to sign up for Selective Service — mirroring the law for all U.S. men in that demographic — is rooted in both active-duty and veteran circles. The Service...
  • At Fort Jackson, Worry and Questions Over New Combat Policy

    01/29/2013 7:42:34 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 14 replies
    southernpoliticalreport.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Sarita Chourey
    COLUMBIA -- When Jonathan Proffitt, a 28-year-old infantry drill sergeant, first joined the military in 2003, if a woman was present, “we’d just get real cautious.” Nearly a decade later, he said the division’s culture is still unique. “Infantry is its own little world inside the military.” But that world is changing. And even talking about it changing is making people cautious. On Thursday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced an end to the ban on women in direct combat. Fifteen percent, or nearly 202,400, of the U.S. military’s 1.4 million active personnel are women. And more than 280,000 women...
  • 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 Ma’am, I mean Yes, Ms., I mean… It’s absolutely stunning that we’re 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, he’s led a more sheltered life than I ever imagined. Obama ends his statement with this howler: “Today, every American can be...
  • Women could be great Navy SEALs, says head of Special Ops

    01/29/2013 7:18:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 92 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Anna Mulrine
    The head of Special Operations Forces (SOF) says he supports the integration of women into the elite force. “It’s time to do this,” says the organization’s top officer, Adm. William McRaven. “We’ve had women supporting direct Special Operations for quite some time,” he added in remarks Tuesday morning at the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict conference in Washington. The necessity, he said, is ensuring that all special operators are in peak physical condition. “The one thing we want to make sure [we do is] we maintain our standards,” McRaven said. .... McRaven said that he has been reading recent Pentagon guidance...
  • The Administration 's New Fronts in the War on Women (Clinton & Benghazi)

    01/27/2013 10:31:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 27, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    This week, the administration that rode to a second term decrying a fictitious war on women by the opposition, opened real fronts on the war on women, perpetuating feminism's worst inconsistencies through its contradictory programs and in the words and deeds of the avatar of these inconsistencies, Hillary Clinton, the "Athena" of low information women voters. Only CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson by her persistence and competence keeps me from burying my head in shame. As the Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper noticed, there was a serious disconnect this week in the administration's approach to women. On the one hand, the president's...
  • Women Serving in Combat Positions Is a Batty Idea

    01/26/2013 9:56:19 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | 1-27-13 | Doug Giles
    Last Thursday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other U.S. military leaders lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions. I, for one, think this is a great idea and have a few modest proposals, if the brass inside the beltway is open to suggestions, on how they should deploy the dames (and whom they should deploy). First off, if you truly want to eviscerate the enemy—namely Muslims—then I propose sending the most nerve grating and foul women Hollywood has to offer straight into hot zones as our forward armies. I’m a thinkin’ starting off with Roseanne Barr, Joy...
  • Absolute proof that women can not compete with menin the Infantry or Special Forces

    01/26/2013 2:34:33 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 67 replies
    Since delusional liberals think that there is no difference in men and women, that women can do anything a man can do, and they want them in the army infantry, Navy Seals and other Special Forces, here is what REAL EQUALITY is........ The NFL will now be 50% females, at all positions. The WNBA will be abolished, women will have to play in the NBA. The NHL will be 50% female. They will play with men. Professional boxing will be for both men and women. The MMA (extreme fighting) will be for men and women, they fight each other. All...
  • Joint Chiefs Chairman: ‘We Can Figure Out Privacy’ for Young Ladies in Frontline Combat,

    01/26/2013 9:26:55 AM PST · by chessplayer · 139 replies
    (CNSNews.com) - Gen. Martin Dempsey, President Obama’s chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Thursday that the U.S. military could figure out ways to preserve the privacy of young ladies serving in frontline combat units, including special forces combat units such as the Navy Seals and the U.S. Army’s Delta Force.
  • Joint Chiefs Looking to Lower Combat Standards

    01/26/2013 11:39:20 AM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Jan 2013 | John Semmens
    Now that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has decreed that women may not be excluded from front line combat positions, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey ordered a review of the standards applied to personnel in these positions. Dempsey's order specifically requires all commanders to justify any minimum standards that would tend to disproportionately impact women. “As it stands now, many of the physical requirements imposed on combat troops are beyond the capabilities of the vast majority of female soldiers,” Dempsey said. “This makes the standards inherently discriminatory and denies these female soldiers equal rights. The...
  • Women and ‘Appropriate’ Combat Standards

    01/26/2013 8:53:37 AM PST · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    The makeover is already underway. The armed services are “now developing gender-neutral standards for all of their jobs,” reports the New York Times, replacing the less demanding physical standards for women that each branch has been using heretofore (oh, you mean you didn’t know about those lowered standards?) with a single standard for men and women. The Pentagon “has vowed” that the new gender-neutral standard will not be crafted in order to make it easier for women to join combat units. If you believe that, you probably also believe that colleges hire professors on a race- and gender-blind basis. Here’s...
  • Is Your God Scary?

    01/26/2013 7:59:29 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Blog & Mablog ^ | 1-25-13 | Douglas Wilson
    No one should be surprised at the announcement that women are now going to be serving in combat roles in the U.S. military. This has been heading toward us for a long time, and the only thing surprising about it is that so many people are surprised. Now the only thing that stands between your daughter and involuntary combat service is a determination by some president (or other) that we need to return to conscription, followed by one court decision. There are three points to be made about this in response. First, opposition to this monstrosity is a function of...
  • Local servicewomen weigh in on decision to allow women in combat

    01/25/2013 6:57:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies
    sanluisobispo.com ^ | January 25, 2013 | Kaytlyn Leslie
    When she heard that women would be allowed to serve on the frontlines of battle, former Camp San Luis Obispo garrison commander Lt. Col. Nicole Balliet’s first reaction was, “Well, it’s about time!” The Atascadero native then had to better understand the announcement and its implications. “It’s very overwhelming,” she said of the decision. “It’s a huge validation for all the hard work women have done serving in combat for the past several decades.” The official announcement came after initial reports Wednesday of the Pentagon’s reversal of the 1994 ban on women serving in small frontline combat units. In his...