In January of 2011, I wrote an article about why women should not be allowed in combat units as trained infantry. As expected, my argument which was rooted in reason and logic, was met with emotional rants filled with the politically-injected cries for equality. Because that is just what we need to maintain a powerful military – politics, social testing, and ‘equality.’
In January of 2013, the Pentagon announced that women would be allowed to serve in combat starting in 2016, while simultaneously keeping the lower physical standards for women in place. Equal opportunity minus equal requirements, Somehow, this equates to equality in the mine of a progressive liberal. There was no logical reason for this change, no scientific polling, no plan, no testing, no need for female infantrymen – just another agenda rammed through on the coattails of Obama’s life-long dream to ‘fundamentally transform America.’ Equality seems to be the new left-sided punchline anytime a political agenda needs to be rammed through to the American people. Politicians just throw an ‘equality’ tag on the issue, and BAM! Americans are all of the sudden captured by the issue.
There are hundreds of reasons why women should not be allowed to serve in combat on any grand scale, but they were all ignored. The good news is that (after the fact) we are starting to get some real data as to just how well a female can lead a combat unit.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
On April 2, 2013, Marine Times reported that two more female infantry officers failed to complete infantry Officer Training School. Not only did the female Marine officers fail, but they did so during the initial Combat Endurance Test; meaning, they did not even get past step one. In all, out of the 110 lieutenants participating, 96 men passed the initial endurance test. Twelve men and two women — the only female Marines taking part — failed. That means that so far, female Marines have a 100% fail rate at Marine infantry officer training, while the male drop-out rate comes in at around 9%.
Simply put, women are not physically designed the same way men are. Thousands of years of war has shown this, so why are we trying to change it now? Is it really for equality?
Please don’t get me wrong. This is not a referendum on female Marines. They are my sisters, and even in combat, I would fight right along side of them. That is not what this is about. This is about maintaining a powerful, efficient military, which the special interest groups driving these issues seem to care nothing about.
I do not know the female Marines that have failed personally, but I am sure that the Marine Corps chose them wisely, and did not allow for low PFT and CFT Marines to have a shot at proving the world wrong – proving biology wrong. Yet, they failed. I don’t anticipate these trends to change, but that doesn’t mean that politics won’t keep pushing.
What we might see next is further lowering of physical standards in order to be ‘fair’ to female infantry officer candidates. To be honest, with the politically divisive atmosphere right now, there is no telling how much further our leadership at the highest levels might be willing to go in order to gain political ground from fringe minority groups.