Broken Promises

Military has schedule for women to move into combat jobs, including SEALs, other commandos

The military services have mapped out a schedule that includes reviewing and possibly changing the physical and mental requirements for certain infantry, armor, commando and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines….

…Officials say standards will not be lowered in order to bring women into certain posts.

In his memo to the services, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said “the department remains committed to removing all gender barriers, wherever possible….”

Elaine Donnelly, head of the conservative Center for Military Readiness, has been a vocal critic of the proposed changes. She questioned efforts to review standards for military jobs, saying that, “Due to physical differences that have been affirmed by more than 30 years of studies and reports on the subject, all possible options for implementing ‘gender-neutral standards’ would have the effect of lowering requirements.”

If the goal of changing the physical fitness requirements is linked to enabling women to join – rather than finding that the old standards were somehow ineffective, inappropriate, or were acting to keep the best men out of special ops – then I think it’s safe to assume our government broke another promise.

And, of course, the feminists who insisted that all women wanted or needed was a “fair chance”, and who insisted that nobody would ever even ask for lower standards or equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity.

Do the people who were mocked for predicting this get their apology now?

Addendum

Elaine Donnelly, head of the conservative Center for Military Readiness

I just want to ask why the Washington Post feels that attention must be drawn to the alleged ideological bent of this Center for Military Readiness.

I don’t know the outfit, but by labeling it in the way they have, they make it sound like they don’t quite trust it as a source, and want to warn the readers or something.

I come from a family with a long military tradition, and I can’t help but notice that most military experts tend conservative. It comes with the territory.

Drawing attention to irrelevant identity information is normally a tip-off that something is wrong, different, or weird, isn’t it?

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