By Ray Starmann
The March of Folly rolls on in the US military under the Trump administration and the leadership of General Mattis in the Pentagon.
In 2016, with a stroke of a pen, former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, under the auspices of the Obama administration, authorized women to serve in the combat arms and special operations forces of the US military.
For the uninitiated, the combat arms are the grunts, the tankers, the gun bunnies, the cavalry and the engineers. Special operations forces consist of the Rangers, the Green Berets, Delta Force, the Navy SEALs, Marine Recon and the Marine Raiders.
These are the most physically demanding jobs in the military and the men who fill their ranks have one mission and one mission only, to kill bad guys as violently and as swiftly as possible.
Marine Corps Brigadier General George Smith wrote in Warfighting that combat power is generated through speed and focus. Speed over time is tempo, the consistent ability to operate quickly. Speed is a weapon.
Obviously, speed is no longer in the US military’s toolkit of operational skills.
As of now, nothing has been done to stem the slow, but steady integration of women into the military’s combat arms units.
This is not saying that women shouldn’t serve. Most jobs in the military can be done by women and when surveyed over 90% of the women in the military want nothing to do with the combat arms and for good reason. It’s physically exhausting, hard on the body over time and you can get killed. It is only the feminist lobby in the Pentagon and in Congress that is pushing this agenda and in fact, endangering our national security in the process.
The concept of women serving in the combat arms is largely based on fantasies propagated by the alt left media and by Hollywood. These feminist pipe dreams have mistakenly influenced a whole young generation of women into believing that they are physically equal with men.
General Mattis knows better than anyone that women in the combat arms are not only endangering themselves, but putting the nation in peril. What kind of country deliberately weakens itself in order to placate people in Congress like Congresswoman Kristen Gillibrand and Senator Claire McCaskill who are vehement supporters of women serving in the combat arms, but, who themselves, wouldn’t know a T-90 tank from a Toro lawn mower?
The nation must also ask itself why we are allowing women into the deadly, grueling world of the combat arms when women don’t even compete with men in the Masters?
Yet, we are going to allow women to become Navy SEALs, but they don’t play in the NFL?
Women aren’t competing with men in professional sports for the main fact that they aren’t as physically strong.
The Marine Corps conducted a multi-million dollar, year-long study which concluded everything anyone with half a brain already knew – all male units perform better than coed and female units.
The following are excerpts from the Marine Corps study, which was included in a 37 page statement presented by Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness to the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Senator John McCain, on February 2, 2016:
If you click on the link above, you can read the whole 37 page report submitted to Congress. But, here are some important excerpts from it.
Male task force teams outperformed mixed gender units in 69 percent (92 of 134) of ground combat tasks, particularly in specialties that carried the assault load plus the additional weight of crew served weapons and ammunition. Significant disparities in physical size, strength, endurance, injury rates, an early onset of fatigue that affected marksmanship were scrupulously recorded with scientific monitoring techniques. This research was definitive as possible, short of an actual war.
It is beyond dispute that in gender mixed units, physical deficiencies had negative effects on the unit’s speed and effectiveness in simulated battle tasks, including marching under heavy loads, casualty evacuation and marksmanship while fatigued. In some units, male volunteers compensated for the women’s difficulties by taking over strenuous tasks.
All male squads, teams and crews and gender integrated squads, teams and crews had a noticeable difference in their performance of the basic combat tasks of negotiating obstacles and evacuating casualties.
Female volunteers in the study were considered to be in above average physical condition. The male volunteers were only an average representation of their peers.
Females possess less lean body mass, slighter build that affects stride length and stride frequency as loads increase, less absolute VO2 max production and less power and anaerobic/aerobic capacity than males.
Physical differences were more pronounced in specialties that carried the assault load,, plus the weight of crew served weapons and ammunition.
All male units were faster on hikes, gorge crossings and cliff ascents.
All male units engaged targets faster and scored more hits with crew served weapons than gender integrated units.
Women had greater incidents of stress fractures.
Women suffered a higher rate of injuries during marches with heavy loads.
Women were injured at six times the rate of their male counterparts.
Less than 1% of men could not negotiate a 7 foot wall, whereas 21% of the women could not.
In the 120mm tank loading simulation, a gunnery skills test, participants were asked to lift a simulated round weighing 55 lbs, 5 times in 35 seconds or less. Less than 1% of the men compared to 19% of the women could not complete the tank loading drill in the allotted time. The failure rates would increase inside a tank.
In the 155 mm Artillery Lift-and-Carry, a test simulating ordnance stowing, volunteers had to pick up a 95 lb. artillery round and carry it 50 meters in under 2 minutes. Noted the report, less than 1% of men, compared to 28.2% of women, could not complete the 155mm artillery round lift and carry in the allotted time.
The artillery study is a perfect example of reality versus feminist fantasies. Almost 30% of the women in the Marine Corps study, women who were the best fit females in the Marine Corps could not successfully carry a 95 pound, 155mm round 150 feet in under 2 minutes.
An Army Times article describes the army’s opening of 19,700 artillery jobs to women in 2015!
The Army has officially opened more than 19,700 field artillery jobs to women.
Under policies now in effect, jobs in the 13B (cannon crewmember) and 13D (field artillery automated tactical data system specialist) military occupational specialties are now available for fill by qualified female soldiers.
Also open is the U6 Additional Skill Identifier, which is field artillery weapons maintenance.
These changes are the latest in an ongoing campaign to eliminate the Direct Ground Combat Assignment Rule by dismantling, in phases, policies that have barred women from serving in combat units below the brigade level.
Of course in 2017, all the artillery MOS’ are now open to women. Just one question – who is going to pick up and carry the ammo in an all-female unit, or a heavily female unit, or a unit where the men have been killed in a conflict?
In a nutshell, the Pentagon is shoving thousands of women into artillery jobs when they can’t even carry or lift the ammo!
How are female soldiers and Marines going to survive hand to hand combat fights against a Russian soldier or an ISIS jihadi? The gender neutral nuts will tell you that hand to hand combat is a thing of the past. WRONG. Tell that to the Marines who fought in Fallujah. Tell that to the Delta Force troopers who took down an ISIS prison several months ago. Tell that to the soldiers of the Big Red One who engaged in hand to hand fighting with the Tawakalna Division of the Republican Guard during the Battle of Norfolk in 1991.
Obviously, the perfumed princes in the Pentagon have given no thought on how women are going to carry heavy combat loads on sustained operations. In an extensive study done by the 82nd Airborne, they outlined the various combat loads for soldiers in the famed “Devils in baggy pants” division fighting in Afghanistan.
A Rifleman in the 82nd had a fighting load of 63 pounds, an approach march load of 96 pounds and an emergency approach march load of 127 pounds.
A M240 Bravo Assistant Gunner had a fighting load of 70 pounds, an approach march load of 121 pounds and an emergency approach march load of 148 pounds.
A Mortar Section Leader had a fighting load of 58 pounds, an approach march load of 110 pounds and an emergency approach march load of 149 pounds.
Most women in the world cannot carry those weights for any sustained amount of time or at all, without enduring stress injuries.
Of course these are individual loads and troopers rucking their own loads will not be able to carry more weight to help females. And, what happens when combat units are 25% to 35% percent female? You’re going to have large numbers of female grunts and Marines who can’t carry a basic load into combat. Combat units are going to be combat ineffective before they even see a green Russian tracer go down range at them.
When you low crawl out of the Disney like, fantasy world of Gender Neutral Land, you realize that US military policy is now based on an illusion and that the Pentagon is lying and betraying an American public with limited, if no understanding of the military.
The next war is just around the corner and it’s not going to involve guys named Ali and Mohammed. The next conflict will be fought with North Korea, China or Russia. The next war will be on a scale the US military hasn’t seen since World War II.
Newsflash – the US military, if it continues on its current, politically correct course, is not going to fare well in battle. In a nutshell, we’re going to be going to war with a severely weakened force, a deliberately weakened force, courtesy of the feminist lobby and every liberal in the military and government who allowed the feminist destruction of our armed forces to take place.
You don’t have to be Clausewitz to figure out that women in the combat arms are setting themselves up to be slaughtered.
You don’t have to be MacArthur to figure out that coed infantry units cannot perform at the violent, high tempo that an all-male infantry unit can.
You don’t have to be Wellington to figure out that the movement to place women in the combat arms and special operations is completely based on fantasy and falsehoods.
When young American women come home in flag draped caskets, then and only then will the American public demand answers and justice for those who implemented policies that are going to be responsible for the deaths of thousands of America’s daughters, sisters, wives and mothers.
How many women in the US military are going to die for a lie?