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November 14, 2013
President Barack Obama is pushing hard for women in direct ground combat units, to include Army and Marine infantry and Special Operations Forces. Under Defense Department mandates for "gender diversity," women will be incrementally ordered (not "allowed") into land combat battalions by January 2016.
Acquiescent military service chiefs keep insisting that training requirements will be "the same," implying standards will be as high as before. However, as the Center for Military Readiness reports in this CMR Policy Analysis, the fine print "catch" is hidden in plain sight:
Double-Think About Double Standards"Gender-Neutral" Training To Include Gender-Normed Scores
Footnotes in a June Marine Corps report to Congress
admitted that "gender-neutral"
standards will include fitness tests that use "gender-normed"
scores. For example, to pass . . . Read More
August 27, 2013
The Obama Administration is moving ahead with incremental plans to force (not "allow") women into direct ground combat fighting teams that currently are all-male. These include Army/Marine infantry, armor, artillery and − with inevitably-"adjusted" standards − Special Operations Forces, Rangers, and Navy SEALs. There are many good reasons to delay . . . Read More
August 22, 2013
The story of 25 year-old Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, now convicted, demoted, and sentenced to 35 years at Fort Leavenworth prison, has taken a bizarre turn. In the same week, Major Nidal Hasan, a bearded jihadist wearing an Army uniform, sat in a Texas court room Read More
August 14, 2013
"Fox & Friends"
personality Anna Kooiman
, often featured in sports or entertainment human interest stories, recently traveled to Camp Lejeune, NC
, to talk with women who are training for combat duties with Navy Riverine Squadron 2
. These squadrons, which operate from small boats that patrol near shorelines or on rivers in war zones, historically have been designated all-male. The Obama Administration suspended that policy . . . Read More
August 11, 2013
Iraq war veteran and former congressman Col. Allen West
(R-FL) has criticized Senators Rand Paul
(R-KY) and Ted Cruz
(R-TX) for supporting controversial legislation that would create a new independent system
of military prosecutors to handle the prosecution of many serious crimes, including sexual assault. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
, a New York Democrat, . . . Read More