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Pentagon having trouble finding women for combat units

The Pentagon should benefit from the wisdom of the Olympians, according to experts on military policy, and allow men to have certain responsibilities and women others.

After all, the worldwide games every four years have specific competitions like male gymnasts suspending themselves in a “T” between the rings, a stunt demanding “testosterone-powered muscles” that is not expected of women.

The issue is the combat, “tip-of-the-spear” units that the Obama administration now has opened for women, despite the evidence that makes that a questionable decision.

The suggestion comes from the Center for Military Readiness, run by Elaine Donnelly.

She argued against the move when it was proposed, while it was under consideration, and even now, after the Obama administration has adopted it.

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And there are problems, she noted.

“Now that their social experiment is under way, Pentagon officials are having trouble finding women who want to participate,” this week’s commentary said.

“The Army’s top enlisted man. Sgt. Maj. Dan Dailey, recently found it necessary to get female non-commissioned officers to ‘step up’ and transfer into combat arms units such as the infantry,” it said, noting the problem could have been seen coming.

“Smart women won’t put their careers and health at disproportionate risk just to prove bogus theories about ‘gender equality,'” the report said.

The CMR report pointed out there’s a clear different between being “in harm’s way,” where women “have served with courage,” and the physically demanding direct ground combat units.

“In an official survey, 92.2 percent of Army women said they wanted nothing to do with the infantry. Last year three women made it through Ranger school after multiple attempts, but more aspirants haven’t shown up since. Another female Marine officer recently became the 30th candidate who failed on the tough Infantry Officer Course, and no more have signed up to try.”

The report continued, “Meanwhile, six of seven female enlisted Marine recruits failed to qualify with sufficient strength, stamina, and running speed for direct ground combat assignments. Their 86 percent failure rate on revised ‘gender-netural’ basic training tests, compare to 3 percent of men who failed, did not meet expectations that hundreds of women soon would qualify for the combat arms.”

It’s unlikely they’ll be given a choice. After all, the military operates on orders, and Navy Secretary Raby Mabus has announced that one-in-four Marine recruits should be women.

The military will focus on physically strong high school girls who are in sports such as wrestling, and they’ll hope for a better result than in 2008. That’s when the Marines launched a similar campaign, and got 1,000 “qualified leads.” But only two of those turned into enlistments, and one already was interested because of her Navy brother, the CMR reported.

And then there are the facts obtained from tests of combat troops, Donnelly’s organization noted.

“In scientifically monitored combat field tests, all-male units outperformed gender-mixed ones 69 percent of the time, and women experienced two- to six-times more injuries,” the report said.

It concluded, “At the Rio Summer Games our female Olympians dazzled the world with their speed, skill, and grace. But if new rules required that women run, swim, or wrestle against men, many would be injured and few would win medals. Only male gymnasts perform on the pommel horse and suspend themselves in “T” shapes between rings. … Aspiring Olympians have more common sense than military officials who ignore such realities at great risk to lives and military missions.”

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