Women In Combat, The Unintended Consequences

Written by Wayne Bush. Posted in frontpage

060731-m-8484j-002  0tmaqIn the DOD news release linked below, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey, is referring to women in combat roles when he states:  “This means setting clear standards of performance for all occupations based on what it actually takes to do the job.”

Let me translate that PC dialect for you.  What he’s saying is that the DOD will now commence to lowering the standards so they can make sure that women can get through the training.  That way they’re sure to have the more “diverse”, politically correct military that they want.
 
But what will be the end result in lowering the standards?  Since the standards will be lowered for everyone it means that the training won’t be as hard for anyone.  In the military there is a saying that goes something like this, “the more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.”  With a lowering of the standards we can
expect less sweat in training and so it stands to reason that we can also expect more blood in battle.
 
When I graduated from the State Police Academy in 1992 there were a bunch of physical tests that we had to successfully complete before we got our badge.  Three of those tests were: 1) An obstacle course consisting of an oval track with two 4 foot hurdles.  The time requirement and the height of the hurdles made it hard for vertically challenged cadets  to successfully complete the test.  2) A dummy drag that consisted of dragging a 200 pound dummy away from a vehicle and X number of feet away.  Many of the smaller cadets could not drag the dummy.  3)  A car push consisting of pushing a full size Crown Victoria X number of feet on a flat surface.  All of these tests had real world ramifications if one could not pass them.  Most fences are 4 feet high so in a foot pursuit a trooper should be able to get over a 4 foot fence.  If a 200 pound person is lying next to a burning car a trooper should be able to drag that person to safety.  And if a car is broken down on the roadway a trooper should be able to push that car enough to get it off the road to prevent an accident.  But because those tests made it harder for certain people to graduate and make the force more diverse they have been eliminated from the final test.  This is exactly what they’ll do to the military now.
 
Another unintended consequence will likely be that our daughters will now have to sign up for the draft just like their brothers.
 
Currently, if an 18 year old male does not sign up for the draft, he is automatically ineligible for student loans, federal jobs, federal job training programs and may be subject to penalties under the law.  According to the Selective Service (SS) website, the male only requirement was challenged in court in the early 80s.  A district court ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it treated men and women differently; however, in 1981 the US Supreme Court reversed the lower court ruling.  The Supreme Court reasoned that the SS was meant to keep a list of potential draftees ready for national emergencies and those draftees would be used in combat roles.  The justices decided that since the DOD excluded women from combat roles they need not be mandated to sign up for SS.  
 
So now that women are allowed in combat roles I suspect that someone will challenge the law again and I would expect the Supreme Court to now rule that the law must also require 18 year old females to sign up or suffer the same consequences as males.
 
Careful what you wish for…….sometimes you get it.