"As long as they qualify and meet the standards,
women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not
before. They'll be able to drive tanks, give orders, lead infantry soldiers
into combat." - U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
That sounds reasonable...Right??
It may sound reasonable, but truly reasonable people know it is garbage. They know the issue is "meet the standards."
The reality is the vast majority of women cannot "meet the standards." This isn't a sexist comment. It's biology...It's the way men and women are created and wired. And I'm not here to say it's a good thing that men are better suited to this job. It just is what it is, and those who are unwilling to be honest about it are putting National Security at risk.
They are also putting women in a situation to fail - or die.
I'm sure that makes me a radical, and a participant in the fictional 'war on women.'
That said, most women know I'm right.
Forget what I think, though. Let's see what someone who has been in combat has too say.
Sergeant Major Justin Lehew (U.S. Marine Corps)
Ok, been silent long enough on this. I have been a part
of this process from the beginning and I am just going to put it out there. The
Secretary of the Navy is way off base on this and to say the things he is
saying is flat out counter to the interests of national security and is unfair
to the women who participated in this study.
We selected our best women for this test unit, selected
our most mature female leaders as well. The men (me included) were the most
progressive and open minded that you could get. The commander of this unit was
a seasoned and successful infantryman. The XO of this unit was as good as they
get, so good the USMC made her the CO of the Officer Candidate School. I just
selected the SgtMaj of the unit to head up our senior enlisted academy at Camp
Lejeune, NC. No one went in to this with the mentality that we did not want
this to succeed. No Marine, regardless of gender would do that.
With our limited manpower we cannot afford to not train
everyone to the best of their abilities. This was as stacked as a unit could
get with the best Marines to give it a 100 percent success rate as we possibly
could. End result? The best women in The GCEITF as a group in regard to
infantry operations were equal or below in most all cases to the lowest 5 percent
of men as a group in this test study. They are slower on all accounts in almost
every technical and tactical aspect and physically weaker in every aspect
across the range of military operations.
SECNAV has stated that he has made his mind up even before
the release of these results and that the USMC test unit will not change his
mind on anything. Listen up folks. Your senior leadership of this country does
not want to see America overwhelmingly succeed on the battlefield, it wants to
ensure that everyone has an opportunity to pursue whatever they want regardless
of the outcome on national security.
The infantry is not Ranger School. That is just a school
like any other school and is not a feeder specifically to the infantry. Anyone
can go to that school that meets the prereqs, just like airborne school. Kudos
to the two women who graduated. They are bad-asses in their own right. In
regards to the infantry….there is no trophy for second place. You perform or
die. Make no mistake. In this realm, you want your fastest, most fit, most
physical and most lethal person you can possibly put on the battlefield to
overwhelm the enemy’s ability to counter what you are throwing at them and in
every test case, that person has turned out to be a man.
There is nothing gender biased about this, it is what it
is. You will never see a female Quarterback in the NFL, there will never be a
female center on any NHL team and you will never see a female batting in the
number 4 spot for the New York Yankees. It is what it is.
As a country we preach equality. But to place these
mandates on the military before this country has even considered making females
register, just like males, for the selective service is in all aspects out of
touch with reality. Equality and equal opportunity start before you raise your
right hand and swear an oath to this country. Yes, we are an all-volunteer
force at the moment. Should this country however need to mobilize rapidly again
to face the threats of the world like our grandfathers did, it will once again
look to the military age males of this country to fill the ranks because last I
checked, we did not require women to register for the selective service.
Until that happens, we should not even be wasting our
time even thinking about opening up the infantry to women. To my female Marine
friends out there, I love you to death, you are the best of the best and you
have my continued admiration for what you do and to the Marines of the
GCEITF….you are tops in my book for taking up the challenge…regardless what the
SECNAV says about you not being the best that we could have put in that unit
because you were….on all accounts.