It was summed up by Fred Reed, ex navy brat and war correspondent:
The problem is not that we have women in the military. There are women in the services who have jobs they can do, who do them well, and who are dedicated to the military. They, and the men around them, know who they are.
Rather the problem is:
(1) feminization of military values,
(2) recruitment of low-grade women with no commitment to the armed services, and
(3) unwillingness to discipline them.
From a helicopter instructor pilot:
Ask any man in the military today what the first thing he does before he opens his mouth and without fail you will hear “I look over my shoulder to see if there are any females in the area.” Please don’t use my name because I too am always looking over my shoulder.
One Petty Officer told me that his relief on watch was three hours late. His Chief asked him not to write it in his report because then the person would have to be put on report, and since it was a black female, the Chief would have his butt reamed by the C.O. for not being more considerate …
The issue is discipline and troop morale:
“Ma’am, could you tell me the definition of this term in aviation.” Her reply “Who gives a shit?” The same female student was caught reading a novel when she was supposed to be studying for her checkride. “You’re damn right I was reading a novel, I’d have been bored to death otherwise” She busted several checkrides but she is out there occupying a seat today.
Now, what do these physical differences mean for society outside of the military? Almost nothing. A woman doesn’t need strength to be a surgeon, professor, senator, journalist, or CEO. But weak women will get men killed in war. I’ve seen wars. I’ve been on casualty wards. So have a lot of men. For us, war isn’t abstract, and getting men killed to appease feminists isn’t cute.
My last tour was during Desert Storm. During convoy “rest stops”, any males found to be on the curb side of the vehicles were punished under Art. 15, UCMJ, for “spying on the ladies” while the “ladies” were relieving themselves. Now a vehicle must be checked during stops: oil, tire air pressure, trailer hitches, etc. How can one do it when they are limited to the road-side only?
Upon arriving at our Saudi Arabia / Iraq border containment area tents were erected. Of course you know who was detailed to erect the female tents! Then there was the issue of latrines, you’ve seen them with the cut off 55 gal. barrels to catch the dung. Guess who was not detailed to the s- -t burning detail? Right again.
As an Attack Helicopter Pilot, [in training] I was told that falling out of a run at the Warrant Officer Entry Course was grounds to be set back. I saw men sent back. I saw women fall out constantly, but were kept. During a briefing from Perscom, the Lieutenant Colonel told us that any woman in that room could raise their hand and he would put them in AH-64 [Apache: a sophisticated anti-tank helicopter] training. He told the men in the room that there was not enough money to train them. Later I served with a woman who had raised her hand. She was now pregnant and wanted nothing more to do with the Army.
Each is supposed to have a “child care” plan provided as part of their mobility record. However, upon questioning, those few I talked to revealed that they had no such plan. Call-ups frequently result in the minority (and some white single mothers) women suddenly “discovering” their mobility child care plan won’t work for some reason (in fact, it never existed and I even suspect some of planning it that way). We find out that we lose 10-15% of each unit being called up. In war, a 15% combat loss is considered devastating.
So let’s leave off those men and read a woman’s testimony:
I joined Civil Air Patrol at the age of 16. Growing up, I had heard about the military a lot and I was raised with an emphasis on character more than anything else. I really wanted to serve my country and ultimately, I wanted an outlet for that country. I wanted to do something which was needed … which would actually help people.
However, my time with CAP merely served to confirm what I had been taught about feminism and what I had observed elsewhere. I had gone in, not with feminism on my mind but quickly discovered it was alive and well there. Girls weren’t just given the opportunity to succeed, it became apparent to me very quickly that it was important and good that women achieve.
They didn’t really care about the guys so much. A male and a female could be promoted to the same rank and the female is the one who’d get the attention … because she was a girl, because it was novel, because she was supposed to, because it was cool, because it was politically correct, because it furthered the feminist agenda.
And this bothered me because it was humiliating to the guys and also because it was humiliating to me. I thought how badly would I have to fail before it was recognized that I was failing. Now, for the record, I was a very good cadet – I loved my job and … I was promoted through the cadet officer ranks very quickly. I enjoyed learning and taking my tests and doing my job.
[I thought it was objective] but then I started looking at promotions [to see how objective they were]. I looked at the physical fitness tests. Our PT tests follow the air force’s grading system, so it involved push-ups, sit-ups, sit-and-reach, a shuttle run and then also a timed mile run.
So when I was a 2nd lieutenant, I was chosen to be the primary representative for my squadron at the Cadet Advisory Council, which is kinda like the Congress of CAP.
It wasn’t the fact that the male and female tests were different which shocked me – anyone with any common sense is going to realize that males are going to almost always outperform females physically. Thus the standards were different and I didn’t tackle that specifically. It wasn’t the difference which bothered me.
It was the enormous gap [in] requirements.
The requirements changed according to your age, the promotion you were going for and your gender and I was looking at one particular phase for one particular promotion – a male had to run the mile in just over seven minutes and a female of the same age had to run it in ten something.
Now first of all – I can walk a mile in ten something minutes but secondly, those sorts of differences aren’t just taking male and female differences into account – it’s giving the females an enormous edge on the males. Let me put it another way – there isn’t s a female in CAP or even outside who couldn’t run or walk the mile in ten something minutes but there were plenty of males who were failing the seven something standard, not because the males were more out of shape either – that’s the other thing. There were plenty of overweight females who were passing and being promoted.
She complained and this happened:
So, at the next CAC meeting, I asked them to table that issue – female PT standards – that’s how it read on the agenda. I presented all the evidence and was met by a typical comeback – that females are anatomically different and thus they need more of an edge in order to be promoted.
Of course, it can be argued that if the males need a certain standard in order to do this job, shouldn’t the females also be at this standard?
Look at it, I said. We’re promoting plenty of incompetent and physically out of shape females and denying promotion to plenty of males who would easily pass the female standard and would almost pass their own standards.
I got absolutely pummelled from all sides. There were very few who supported me – a few guys saw what I was saying but didn’t really speak up. There was one female in particular and she’s now at the Airforce Academy – she’s the one who used the “females are anatomically different” excuse.
I said yeah, I understand but look – I mean, seriously, a three minute difference on a mile, if you are a runner, you’d know is enormous.
I was told this is based on Airforce PT Standards slash Presidential Fitness Challenge.
And I made the argument that that’s nice but if the PFC causes us to unfairly give an advantage to females and to disadvantage males, we need to take another look at it.
And finally they tried flattering me and saying not all women are as physically fit as you and that was perhaps the first time that I felt the fires of indignation absolutely welling up inside of me, as I saw these people chuckling to themselves and passing it off as “well, you’re just physically fit”.
And that really irritated me because they were using every trick in the book to excuse this Female Supremacy Doctrine. For all the evidence I brought out, for all the logic, for all the facts, all the statistics – none of it mattered to them … and they pitched it out of the window and pitched me off the agenda without a single supporting document except perhaps the PFC and told me never to bring it up again.
And she gets to the bottom line:
That incident really opened my eyes to the evils of feminism and suddenly I started to see things I really hadn’t seen before. Any time I scooped up an award, I was immediately told I was a poster child, that I had it all, that I was the model cadet and I couldn’t help but feel a lot of it was because I was a female because I knew guys were succeeding just as much as I was.
The other thing about CAP was leadership and women were pushed so much more than the guys in my opinion; I cannot tell you the number of times I saw incidents where women were pushed forward and guys held back. It wasn’t enough for women to be doing their part – they had to be out in the lead, running the show and there were all too many guys who were completely fine with that.
A lot of the flak I cop from feminists is that I’m old-fashioned, that I haven’t got a personality of my own, that I neither want nor am capable of living a life outside the home and that ultimately my opnion is rooted in me being naive and in what I was taught.
I have witnessed discrimination from guys who should have passed me over and didn’t … because the system or agenda was holding them back.
This raises the question of the lowering of standards across the service. Which god do we serve – combat efficiency or gender equality.
America has clearly made her choice.
How bad is it in the UK?
My long novel in three parts had, as a major theme, the idea of men and women as combat pairs, even down to the weapons they would use to complement one another. It involved a vicious Big Brother type enemy and them as fugitives [I know, I know, I’m not asking you to read it].
I envisaged they’d be real partnerships in life and therefore would know each other’s every mood and state, perhaps becoming very efficient combat groups. It was an attempt to put a PCist idea into a possible, realistic scenario.
Seriously, this PCism has to stop. It’s reached the stage of insanity, where life and death situations riding on it have contributed to the collapse of morale and for what – so girls can play big boy’s games and say, “See, I can do anything you can do.”
Notice where the weapon is pointed
Appendix: EWAF report [UK] May 2002
The standards in 2002 were equalized for women and men and as a result, of the 2367 women who applied that year, they found the conclusions unclear and that anomalies abounded, so they could not draw any clear conclusions.
They did estimate that only a small percentage of the women would have met the physical standards [Special Forces not included].