“Blatantly and overtly bias toward women…”
The “crowning” achievement of Leon Panetta’s tenure as Secretary of Defense was his lifting of the ban on women serving in Combat Arms MOSs (Military Occupational Specialties), reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) agrees, telling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddor that Panetta’s move was a “historic step for equality.”
Yet, for all the bluster and the huzzahs from liberals, gender inequality remains a bedrock principle within the Obama-run armed forces.
Male soldiers are allowed 10 days of non-chargeable paternity leave upon the birth of their child. In contrast. female troops are granted 45 days of non-chargeable paternity leave.
Why the disparity? The Department of Defense explains that women need more time to “prepare family care plans and to establish a pattern of child care.”
In a similar vein, once a female member of the military has given birth, she receivesa minimum four-month deferment before being assigned to a deployable unit.
The army revised its policy in mid-2008 to provide female soldiers a 6-month deferment, up from four months. The air force, navy, and Marines made similar provisions — but only for women. No such provisions are in place for men.
The DoD’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) has established the Federal Women’s Program (FWP). Per the DoD order, the FWP addresses employment concerns of all women regardless of race, religion, national origin, or disability.
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Each DoD military department and defense agency is required to appoint a Federal Women’s Program Manager to fulfill the following responsibilities:
There is no such federal program for men.
The Department of Defense also offers the following awards that are specifically based on gender and/or ethnicity:
There are no such awards for men.
Individual branches of the military have professional organizations membership in which is available to women only . Examples include t
No corresponding organizations exist that are men-only.
Pulling Up The Slack…
The same order cites:
It is noted that women comprise 14.5% of the total force, and 10% of the deployed force.
Yet the same order ignores that the remaining 4.5% of the extra work required to complete missions must be done only at the doubled efforts of male service members.
The Marine Corps has always been notorious for having the most stringent grooming regs of all of the armed forces. The absolute longest the hair on a male Marine’s head can be is inches in length. Yet female Marines are allowed to wear their hair as long as they like,
In a world of supposed gender equality, males still aren’t denied the same fashion choices as their comradettes-in-arms.