Women can shoot as well as men—all things being equal. Which is like saying all women are as beautiful as Yaara Benbenishti—all things being equal. They’re not. And you don’t have to spend a day humping 100 pounds of kit in 120 degree heat to know that men and woman are not equal on the battlefield, where physical strength and endurance often determine the parameters of combat effectiveness. Saying that, this website has argued that the Army literally over-burdens our troops. Saying that, there must be a minimal physical standard for the job of soldiering. Of course, there is. And it looks like President Obama’s decision to lift the ban on women in combat roles will lead to the lowering of that standard. Here’s a read-between-the-lines heads-up from the heavily vetted (so to speak) marinecorpstimes.com . . .
The official said the services will develop plans for allowing women to seek the combat positions. Some jobs may open as soon as this year. Assessments for others, such as special operations forces, including Navy SEALs and the Army’s Delta Force, may take longer.
Each service will be charged with developing policies to integrate women into every military job. For instance, the defense official said, it’s likely the Army will establish a set of physical requirements for infantry soldiers. The candidate, man or woman, will have to lift a certain amount of weight in order to qualify. The standards will be gender neutral.
I don’t think that “gender neutral” means what the Administration’s flacks want us to think it means. I think it means that the Armed Services will do what it takes to make sure that women get into combat units. Yes, Special Forces too.
So a shooting test wherein a soldier must undergo extremely rigorous physical activity and then hit his/her target will be modified to reduce the amount of rigor to increase the amount of accuracy. I use the word “will” in the sense that I’ve got twenty bucks that says it will.
Why, you ask, did the administration embark on this odd and misguided rule change destined to cause rancor in the ranks? Here’s a clue:
This decision could open more than 230,000 jobs, many in Army and Marine infantry units, to women.
A jobs program? Hey, it’s how the Obamanation rolls. Unfortunately, it’s rolling right over common sense and logic. Someone, somewhere, is going to get flattened, and they’ll be one of ours.