Recently, the Marine Corps completed its first round of research to determine if women would be able to successfully finish the Infantry Officer Course.
Out of the 29 women who attempted the course, none made it all the way through and only four made it past the first day’s endurance test.
Although no data was available on which tests the women struggled with the most, there is a particularly challenging upper body strength test that could have proved difficult for these women.
“The pressure is on the services from the White House’s politically correct crowd vis-a-vis Obama’s Pentagon appointees, who will force the services to accept degraded standards,” said Robert Maginnis, a retired Army officer and author of the book “Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women Into Combat.”
Maginnis, along with other traditionalists, believe that the Pentagon is so hell-bent on introducing women to the battlefield that they are willing to sacrifice quality standards within our armed services.
This traces back to 2013, when former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and General Dempsey made the announcement that women would now be allowed to serve in direct combat. This marked the beginning of the initiative to evaluate female candidates for all branches of armed services and determine if the standards in place to test candidates were too restrictive. If a branch determines that women should not be allowed to participate in certain roles, they must provide an adequate explanation to justify this decision.
General Dempsey explained, “If we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it, the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the secretary, why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?”
Dakota Wood, a retired Marine Corps office and analyst at The Heritage Foundation, understandably believes that the entire notion of lowering standards to accommodate women is ludicrous, saying, “It certainly hasn’t been an issue to have high failure rates for men all these years. Any argument to lower the standards just to accommodate women would have to be justified based on how such a change improves combat effectiveness in the infantry.”
The Corps recently sent 350 enlisted women through the Infantry Training Battalion Course at the School of infantry in North Carolina. About 120 women completed the course, which is much less intense than the IOC course.
Although the Corps said that the women completed the same tasks as the men, many are skeptical, pointing to documents that suggest women did not have to do as many pull-ups as men.
There is no time for political correctness on the battlefield, so to accommodate women is not only jeopardizing their safety, but the safety of every American citizen who relies on the armed services to defend their rights. The armed services of this country should not be subjected to following politically correct standards that could have major consequences in a time of war.