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June 22, 2015

The Pentagon Makes Sexual Orientation a Special Class

In the classic TV series “M*A*S*H*,” Corp. Maxwell Klinger, played by Jamie Farr, dressed in women’s clothes in hopes that he might be sent home from the Korean War.  Decades later, Pentagon officials have embraced policies that might encourage real-life “Corp. Klingers” to cross-dress in order to qualify for “sexual orientation” diversity promotions. 

This is not an outlandish scenario, given what Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said during the 4th Annual LGBT Equality Day celebration at the Pentagon on June 9.   The event celebrated lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders in the military  . . .  Read More

June 9, 2015
While some American military leaders are preparing to order women into combat arms units such as the infantry by January 2016, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) are moving in the opposite direction.  The Israeli and British decisions to keep certain land combat units all-male reflect extensive field tests and U.S. Marine Corps research confirming major differences in the physical capabilities of military women and men in the combat arms. . . . Read More

June 5, 2015

The Issue is Oversight – Does Congress Care about Women in the Military?

Nearly 100 distinguished retired military and civilian organization leaders have co-signed a Military Culture Coalition (MCC) letter expressing concerns about the lack of congressional oversight on the issue of women being ordered into direct ground combat units such as the infantry:

Military/Civilian Letter to Chairman John McCain

Re: Women in Direct Ground Combat

Co-signers of the MCC letter include a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, high-ranking former leaders of the Marine Corps, . . . Read More

February 20, 2015
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released a new report on the issue of women in land combat titled: Women in Ground Close Combat (GCC) Review Paper − 01 December 2014.  Even though the 29-page document appears to have been written by one faction and edited by another, the report includes specific, highly-relevant  information that should be reviewed by Congress, policy makers, and everyone who supports our military nationwide.  . . . Read More

January 30, 2015

Military Women Don't Need Magic-Wand Law

The following article by CMR President Elaine Donnelly was published in the Washington Times Commentary section on January 15, 2015.

The new Senate will have many national security and defense issues to deal with in 2015, but indulging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's relentless campaign to alter the military justice system should not be one of them. . . . Read More