Women in Combat
April 12, 2017

As the Center for Military Readiness reported last December, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) used his power as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee to create a government-subsidized commission to promote his own long-favored causes at the expense of every young man and woman in America, plus military readiness in a time of national emergency.

Just prior to the Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, lame-duck President Obama appointed three members to serve on the new Commission on Military, National and Public Service, which Chairman McCain created during a closed-door markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2017.  The commission will spend the next three years working to achieve goals that McCain and Obama share: “Draft America’s Daughters” legislation and universal conscription for government-directed “national service." . . . Read More

December 14, 2016

During a closed-door mark-up session of the Senate Armed Services Committee in May 2016, Chairman John McCain sponsored without prior notice a controversial provision for the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  If McCain’s “Draft America’s Daughters” legislation had been passed and signed into law, young women as well as men would have been required to register with Selective Service (SS) for a possible military draft.

Chairman McCain’s legislation also called for a National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service to review the future of the Selective Service system and to consider ways to encourage . . . Read More

September 30, 2016

At the September 28 CNN Townhall meeting with President Barack Obama and a military group at Fort Lee, VA, Marine Capt. Lauren Serrano courageously asked a respectful but challenging question about women in direct ground combat  Capt. Serrano’s question was accurate and appropriately asked of the Commander-in-Chief.  President Obama did not explain why he ignored the best professional advice of the Marine Corps on the issue of women in the infantry.

See CNN Transcript and Video Clip here:  Obama/Serrano Question - Sept. 28, 2016

Following three years of intense research, including field tests designed to prove the hypothesis that women could perform as well as men performing tasks that are common in land combat, then-Marine Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford exercised his option to formally request that infantry and Special Operations Forces remain all-male.  . . . Read More

August 22, 2016

What Do Female Olympians Know that the Pentagon Doesn’t?

For years, feminists have insisted that military women couldn’t wait to be treated like men in “tip of the spear” direct ground combat units.  Now that their social experiment is underway, Pentagon officials are having trouble finding women who want to participate.

The Army’s top enlisted man, Sgt. Maj. Dan Dailey, recently found it necessary to beg female non-commissioned officers to “step up” and transfer into combat arms units such as the infantry. [1] Shortages of female NCOs should not have been a surprise.  Smart women won’t put their careers and health at disproportionate risk just to prove bogus theories about “gender equality.”        ... Read More

June 26, 2016

Myths about gender equality in the military are starting to crumble under the pressure of actual experience.  Witness the recent Associated Press report that 6 of 7 female Marine recruits failed to qualify in training for direct ground combat assignments.

The women deserve credit for trying, but it matters that 86 percent of them, compared to 3 percent of the men, could not meet gender-neutral tests of upper body strength, stamina, and running speed.  Mostly-civilian “experts” had predicted that 200 women per year would qualify for ground combat assignments.  The emperor's new clothes, it seems, are getting a bit gauzy. ... Read More

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