Pentagon considering separate combat training for women

Pentagon considering separate combat training for women

Parris Island: US Marine Corps Boot CampDo standards for women “really need to be that high”…?

After being out of the harsh spotlight of public scrutiny after months of dodging the latest scandale du jure, Obama’s Department of Defense has since been instructed to find a way to “modify” combat training to better suite women striving to join the ranks of those serving in the Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) of the Infantry, Armor or Artillery Fields, as well as of the various Branches own particular Special Forces contingent as reported by The Washington Times on July 26, 2013.

The brainchild of Democrat Congresswomen Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts, the notion of separate but supposedly equally rigorous training for women as their male counterparts would ensure that the military would not “put in place a training regimen that is ill-suited to maximizing the success of women is not really the outcome any of us want to see” according to the wife of failed Democratic presidential candidate Paul Tsongas.

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg agreed with the Bay State liberal:

We are looking at that, and we’re not looking at it just for the integration of women.

We’re looking at it for the total soldier, because just as you have a 110-pound male who may lack some type of physiological capability or physical capability, he or she may both need to be trained differently.

We’re trying to expand our understanding of how we train.

Agreeing with his Army counterpart, Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Milstead, Deputy Commandant of Manpower and Reserve Affairs stated before the same House subcommittee:

They (women) need to be nurtured different.

They just need different steps as they go.

The Obama Administration lifted the ban on women in Combat MOSs in January of 2013, and there has since been a timeline that many conservatives consider at least questionable.

As previously covered by Examiner.com:

In late January of this year, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Army’s General Martin Dempsey admitted that if women cannot pass the stringent requirements of serving in Combat Arms MOSs, then the Armed Forces will have to ask itself if the standards “really have to be that high.”

Not Volunteering, But Ordered…

A mere handful of weeks after Dempsey’s startling announcement, Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY) brought forward to Congress the The National Universal Service Act (H.R. 747), and The All American Selective Service Act (H.R. 748), which would require all Americans, both men and women between 18 and 25 to register for Selective Service.

If passed, women would now be drafted directly into the various combat arms billets in the military such as front line infantry duty.

As the New York Democrat stated in a press release:

Now that women can serve in combat they should register for the Selective Service alongside their male counterparts.

Reinstating the draft and requiring women to register for the Selective Service would compel the American public to have a stake in the wars we fight as a nation.

A month later, both of the women Marine Corps Second Lieutenants who voluntarily enrolled in the basic Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course (IOC) were summarily dropped from the course during the first training day.

Since then, a total of six women Marines have volunteered for the IOC. They too, failed.

The failure rate for male Marines is roughly 20 percent.

The failure rate for female Marines remains at a steady 100 percent.


T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He is the founder of the blog Unapologetically Rude and has written for Examiner and other blogs.

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