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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Feminist Agenda Harms Our Military

We expect the Department of Defense to put protecting our country above everything else. Today’s international scene reminds us about the need for a strong military. So why is the Pentagon wasting time on foolish feminist projects? Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness has the details. In 2013, the Obama administration announced that it will assign women to combat roles. Soldiers assigned to combat units, however, must meet strict physical standards. It’s important for everyone on the front line to be in top shape so they can carry out their mission and look out for their comrades. Most women fall short of those physical standards. 29 female Marines have tried out for the Infantry Officer Course, but none has passed the test. Some women succeeded in the enlisted infantry course, but the Marines had lowered the standards: most women could not complete the required three pull-ups. Getting rid of tough physical standards doesn’t strengthen our military, but General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has said that it’s necessary to get a “critical mass” of women in combat assignments.

The general should rethink his priorities. He can learn from the British armed forces, which have studied this issue and reported on many problems with women in combat. A review released by the British Ministry of Defence notes that combat units are expected to travel over difficult terrain carrying heavy equipment to fight the enemy. Simple biology suggests that women, who are smaller and less muscular than men, aren’t suited to that task. The British report concluded that women will be less effective in battle and more vulnerable to injury.

The evidence clearly shows that placing women on the front lines will put them at risk but not enhance our military operations. Instead of listening to the feminists, the Pentagon should address the safety of our armed forces.

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