Here’s a report from CNN about the only remaining female infantry officer school candidate in the United States Marine Corps. She couldn’t cut it – and failed to complete the course. But that’s not really what the story is about. It’s really another attack on America’s males by the radical feminist left, on yet another of many cultural issues which are ripping this country into pieces. The idea of American women in military combat pits traditional Western mores, values and institutions (feminism’s anathema) against the gender-neutral forces of Karl Marx, which are all about breaking down everything which our civilization has held dear. No more differences between the sexes. We’re all the same now.
The accompanying CNN video in no way focuses on the fact that out of the 27 former candidates who were female, not one of them has yet made it through that rigorous USMC course of infantry officer training. A major portion of the video is really a man-hating vignette, pushing for more females to enter the military combat unit ranks. Then we get a shot of former prez candidate Ted Cruz denouncing the idea of women in combat.
And we have a cameo of GOP nominee Donald Trump, who thinks it’s a fine idea to have our women in battle, killing and getting killed.
“Some of them are really really good”, says Trump.
To CNN’s credit, there are some thoughtful comments from a second former female Marine who is not so much in favor of putting America’s women into combat units.
Here’s a bit from the CNN text:
(CNN) The only female officer enrolled in the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer’s Course has dropped out after failing to complete two conditioning hikes last month, according to the Marine Corps’ Training and Education Command.
At this time, there are no female officers enrolled or slated to attend (the Infantry Officer’s Course),” Marine spokesman Capt. Joshua Pena told CNN.
He added that 33 additional officers have been dropped from the course out of a starting class comprising 97 officers. The course started on July 6 and is scheduled to finish on September 20…
…In January, then-head of Southern Command, Marine Gen. John Kelly, cast doubt on whether many women would be able to enter the infantry if current standards were upheld.
“If we don’t change standards, it will be very, very difficult to have any numbers — any real numbers come into the infantry,” Kelly told reporters at the Pentagon…
There’s the ticket. Let’s lower the standards. Fire departments all over the nation have dropped physical fitness and strength standards so that more females can pass the tests.
The Marines’ Infantry Officer course’s physical demands which have washed out so many women (and men) are not my issue. I know that there are a few women out there who are tough enough and strong enough to make it through the course and lead a platoon of Marines into combat. My issue is not about whether we can find those women. My question is about whether we should be doing this.
For the best supporting argument against putting our mothers, daughters, sisters and granddaughters into infantry units, read Diana West’s essay. She says it much better than I ever could.
Responding to Diana’s column, John Bernard writes:
Not only (as you mentioned) will women now be compelled by selective service, they will also be compelled to fill combat vacancies in the same way their male counterparts are now.
Nobody applauding this is thinking it through to its logical conclusion. Equality in [the military] also means being compelled to fill combat vacancies as they arise. Even though the “all-volunteer”-volunteer can voice a desire for a particular MOS, he is nevertheless required to fill whichever line number is vacant and is for the “good of the Corps”.
Women who now want to “serve” in the MOSs traditionally filled by women may well find themselves in the ’03 field (combat arms) simply because the numbers aren’t up “this month.”
And Diana finishes:
Of course. “Equality” in the military means equal treatment, after all, something feminist activists may or may not be mindful of, but those many Americans who have been conditioned to see the issue in terms of “fairness” are almost certainly missing — until “opportunity”-seeking little Ashley, Hannah, or Megan is ordered to the front line.
Maybe Ashley, Hannah and Megan will figure it out — and not sign up in the first place? Keep an eye on what effect the women-in-combat edict has on female enlistment.
I thank God my father and mother are not here to see this. Would that I were so fortunate.