By now I am sure everyone has heard that Leon hath decreed that women shall no longer be denied the pleasure that comes from carrying a hundred pound rucksack, a rifle and assorted gear mile upon mile in the freezing cold to get to a location where you can drop it and then engage an enemy in mortal combat. While that might sound good on the face of it to some people, my worry is dumbed down “gender neutral” standards that allow the appropriate percentage of female candidates to succeed will also ultimately reduce the overall effectiveness of our armed forces.
As I have seen over my long military career the reality is often different from the stated goal or intent. While some people might think this is leveling the playing field so women can succeed and advance to the highest ranks of our military, I see a politically correct mess where we will have a certain percentage of a unit filled with women come hell or high water…careers will depend on it!
I think what some fail to understand is the military exists to fight and win our wars not to provide advancement opportunities for people with violent tendencies. The other thing that fell through the cracks somewhere is the fact that women have been in combat for some time. I served with female AH-64 pilots for example. An MP in Iraq was the first female to earn the Silver Star in over 40 years. If standards are upheld I don’t see how this will be much of a problem at all…the problem I do see is when political pressure is applied and standards are reduced so we can have a pre-determined outcome…and somehow with this bunch I have no problem see that come to pass.
The following should be mandatory viewing for ANYONE who wants to be an INFANTRYMAN (so what are we gonna call the gals… INFANTRY CHICKS?)
Don’t get me wrong there are women out there who could do it, of that I have no doubt. But there are other factors at play, not the least of which is human nature. The real question should be not should we do this, but do we need to. Service to the nation is a privilege not a right.
And for those who would protest that this film is about WWII and not an example of what Soldiers face today there’s this that I would recommend.