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Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Military’s Lowering Standards

This summer in Fort Benning, Georgia, a large press contingent turned out to applaud and photograph the first two women ever to complete Ranger School, the Army’s toughest training course, which even most men are unable to finish. With all due respect to the two (out of 19) women who proved their mettle by surviving Ranger School, no one ever doubted that women can serve with honor and distinction in our armed services. But that does not make them suitable for combat.

The unscientific belief in the interchangeability of the sexes is why the New York Fire Department recently accepted a female applicant who failed six times to finish the Functional Skills Test within the allotted time. In Chicago, which is still scarred by the Great Fire of 1871, the Fire Department agreed to reconsider or pay damages to 187 female applicants who failed the physical ability test.

Barack Obama, who last month announced plans to shrink the Army by 40,000 soldiers, but he remains determined to admit women to Special Forces (including the Army Rangers and Navy SEALs) before he leaves office. Putting “diversity metrics” ahead of military necessity, Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey said in 2013, “if a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it, the burden is on the service to explain: Why does it really have to be that high?”

Now that Hillary Clinton seems less likely to become the first woman president, the New York Times just launched a campaign for the first woman secretary general of the United Nations, quoting the Colombian ambassador: “Gender equality is… an unfulfilled goal that remains critical to advance towards an inclusive and sustainable future.” The world can probably survive a woman as UN secretary general, but not the emasculation of America’s elite combat units. Don’t let Obama get away with his plan.

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