Assigning women to close ground combat against vicious enemy troops creates a war not only on 18-year-old girls who don't choose to serve in the military. It creates a war not only on the courageous enlisted women who have volunteered to serve in the military but don't want to be assigned to close ground combat with the Army pretending they are physically equal to men.
The new orders to achieve "diversity metrics" (i.e., female quotas) will change all requirements that women pass the same tests required of the men. The services will be required to introduce a "critical mass" or a "significant cadre" of women, expected to be 10 to 15 percent, into previously all-male units.
The mandate for diversity metrics will trump truth, honor and common sense. The Defense Department has recommended that a new Diversity Czar (officially called a Chief Diversity Officer) be established to monitor "diversity management."
This Diversity Czar and the Defense Department-endorsed Military Leadership Diversity Commission will be charged with the following mission. "To ensure that the diversity effort continues, demonstrated diversity leadership must be assessed throughout careers and made ... a criterion for nomination and confirmation to the 3- and 4-star ranks."
Men, do you get what that means? Your promotions will depend on giving the feminists whatever they demand and lying about so-called equal performance by males and females in order to demonstrate your "diversity leadership."
The men will be expected to ignore the fact that gender-fair training is not the same as "gender-free training." The Military Diversity Commission Report admits that fair treatment "is not about treating everyone the same."
Gen. Robert W. Cone, head of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, said, "I think that fairness is very important in a values-based organization like our Army." But ground combat with evil enemies is not fair or equal; it is not even civilized. So, what do you think of men who would send women into that.
And, here is more Cone nonsense: "Army officials will look at 'traditional impediments' -- the attitudes regarding the acceptance of women into previously male-only jobs. ... The Army will take 'proactive measures' to mitigate resistance to women going into these specialties."
The only way to preserve tough standards for ground combat training, and maintain women's Selective Service exemption, is for Congress to reassert previous regulations exempting women from direct ground combat units.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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