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Posted on Jan 1, 2002 Print this Article

Pro-Defense Groups Push for End to Co-Ed Training

Fifteen public policy and pro-defense organizations with membership in the millions have joined with CMR in asking the Department of Defense to put an end to gender-integrated basic training. A letter dated July 25, 2001, was addressed to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and co-signed by respected groups such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Independent Women’s Forum, the American Conservative Union, Coalitions for America, Concerned Women for America, the Center for Security Policy, and Freedom Alliance. Among other things, the letter noted that co-ed training was one of the most controversial policies of the Clinton Administration, and that there is no need to continue a form of training that is known to be inefficient and problematic. "In our view, military policies should encourage discipline, not sexual misconduct. There is ample evidence that training men and women together complicates and detracts from the training mission...Our members hope that you...will act quickly to end this and other demoralizing personnel policies that have vitiated discipline and morale." Secretary Rumsfeld also received a copy of a formal resolution adopted by the American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans group, opposing co-ed basic training, and a Heritage Foundation Executive Memorandum titled "Why the Social Experiment of Gender-Integrated Basic Training has Failed," by Defense Analyst Jack Spencer. For more information, see CMR Notes, July 2001, and, No. 758, July 18, 2001.
Posted on Jan 1, 2002 Print this Article