The Marines have announced “women aren’t able to make the minimum standard of three pull-ups.” And “a deadline mandating that they do at least 3 pull-ups by Jan. 1, 2014 as part of their training has been delayed for at least a year, the Corps quietly announced on social media.”
Quietly? Clearly there is a role for stealth in the military.
Regular readers will recall we predicted just this sort of thing Marines To Allow Females In Ground Combat and Resolved: Women In Combat Results In A Suboptimal Military.
The former article argued that the military would say women were “as ready as men” regardless of circumstance—I noted that when I served the Air Force claimed women did “the same” exercise as men, but that females push-ups were from the knee—while the latter article supported and proved the debating point:
Women should not be in combat because allowing women in combat results in a fighting force less optimal than one comprised of men.
As the opening quote shows, we were right on both counts. Currently, women recruits don’t have to do the same work as men. Instead of doing pull-ups like men, women are allowed to hang from a bar for at least 30 seconds. Hang from a bar, I repeat. Just like you see kiddies doing on the playground.
The most intriguing aspect is found in this quote: “Marine officers told NPR off-the-record that, given the three-pull-ups rule, they were afraid of losing ‘not only new recruits, but also current female Marines who can’t pass the test’ [emphasis added].”
Now why is that? Why would the Marines be afraid of losing those specimens who can’t do the job required of them? Don’t we want the military to retain those who are unable? Do we want to have a quota of those who are unable but who have certain politically desirable demographic characteristics?
Don’t be silly. Of course we do. As this article notes
the ability to pull-up one’s own body weight over a bar shows the upper body strength that, in combat, is needed to lift fallen comrades, pull one’s self over a wall, and carry heavy munitions.
From this it follows that the inability to pull-up one’s own body weight means that one cannot lift fallen comrades, pull oneself over a wall, or carry heavy munitions, you sexist.
From this it should follow that the unable should be ushered out. Instead, we have this, the money quote: “But beginning in 2016, women in the Marine Corps and Army will be allowed to serve in infantry, armor and artillery units.”
In other words, the hell with the evidence. Politics dictates truth.
The American military is very good at doing what it is told. If it is made to enforce quotas, it will with alacrity. Combat roles are necessary for promotion, so without combat no woman would be promoted to top slots, which is politically anathema. Some commanders, no dopes, will shuffle personnel around so as to avoid the worst, so that the women under them are “in combat” but only on paper, e.g. piloting a drone miles away from the bullets. This is necessary for the statistics to match desire. This will fool most civilians and all reporters.
But when it gets out that it is happening the practice will be stopped and the women formerly coddled will be shipped to the front. There they will die and be injured at greater rates, and cause to die and be injured at greater rates their compatriots. This will necessitate a creative bit of statistical wrangling, but it will be shown that, even though women become causalities at much higher rates, the announced rates will be the same or similar between men and women. Somebody will use the phrase “You can’t compare the direct rates.” This will convince reporters.
Sexual harassment charges will increase (“He said I dropped out because of my period”, “He called me a woman.”). A few exasperated commanders will loosen their lips, tell the truth, and be fired. Reporters will call these men sexists. It won’t be too far into the future when “transgendered” people demand roles.
I have the idea the government thinks it can get away with all this because it doesn’t see itself fighting many traditional ground wars. The harm done, they believe, will be small. Acquiescing gets the politicians and activists off their backs. Let’s hope they’re right.
Update Corrected, thanks Jim. The last paragraph originally and mistakenly began “the idea the military thinks…” It now reads “government thinks…”