Impending Gender Parity in the US Armed Forces?

January 13, 2011

A military commission set up two years ago to study diversity in the US armed forces is set to release their recommendations this spring. It was leaked today that one of the recommendations is to remove the current prohibition against women directly serving in combat units. (They already are serving in them, it’s just called being “attached” to a combat unit). This gender inequity has prevented females from getting the same opportunities for promotion as males, even though women are already doing the work unofficially in combat infantry units. Females are already officially serving in flight infantry combat units.

From Stars and Stripes 01/13/2011:

” The Military Leadership Diversity Commission, established by Congress two years ago, issued the recommendation as part of a draft report on diversity in the services. The final report is due to lawmakers this spring, and commission members are meeting this week in Virginia to debate final changes.

In the draft, commission members call for a phased approach to open additional career fields with ground combat units to qualified women, saying the current policy limits the ability of commanders to pick the most capable person for their missions.

“To date, there has been little evidence that the integration of women into previously closed units or occupations has had a negative impact on important mission-related performance factors, like unit cohesion,” the draft states.

“Furthermore, a study by the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services actually found that a majority of focus group participants felt that women serving in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a positive impact on mission accomplishment.”

The draft report notes that the restriction on combat posts prohibits women from serving in about 10 percent of Army and Marine Corps occupations, a “structural barrier” which could hurt their chances of promotion or advancement.

Proponents of women in combat roles have argued that the distinction is obsolete in the new combat environments of Iraq and Afghanistan, where support units have routinely found themselves involved in roadside bomb attacks and insurgent ambushes.

Since 2001, 114 female U.S. servicemembers have been killed in fighting in Iraq and 23 have been killed in fighting in Afghanistan.”

4 Responses to “Impending Gender Parity in the US Armed Forces?”

  1. GallusMag Says:

    They should really let these women do whatever the fuck they want, and give them all medals just for getting off their cots in the morning. Serving in the armed forces is much more dangerous for women because their fellow soldiers are always raping them. Over 30% of women in the US armed forces get raped by their co-workers, and that’s just REPORTED rapes. And the rapists are allowed to rape! They don’t even get punished. According to this article: “In 2008, 62% of those that were convicted of sexual assault or rape received very lenient punishments such as demotion, suspension, or a written reprimand.” Now that Lesbians and Gays can serve openly maybe the rape culture that currently permeates the US military will be decreased.

  2. Loup-loup garou Says:

    It’s about time. And maybe the men who whine about how rough they have it compared to women, because women supposedly never see combat, will finally STFU now. The guys who whine the loudest about that have usually never served, too.

    Women get killed in wars all the time, either as civilians, or as part of their “non-combat” military duties. The people who object to women in combat don’t really have a problem with women being killed, they have a problem with the idea of women doing the killing for a change. It’s so much more ladylike to let someone else shoot you or drop a bomb on you. Only a castrating bitch would pull the trigger first.

  3. Hexydezimal Says:

    “Now that Lesbians and Gays can serve openly maybe the rape culture that currently permeates the US military will be decreased.”

    Though I’d like to be optimistic, I doubt that. It’s not just inter-military either. We heard several stories of rapes going on foreign soil while I was in.

  4. GallusMag Says:

    “Nearly 75 percent of Americans now believe that women should be allowed to serve in combat units alongside men. Support for women in combat was nearly identical among women and men, with 73 percent of women and 72 percent of men supporting the move, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed.”
    http://www.newsmax.com/US/75percentAmericansWantWomeninCombat-Poll/2011/03/16/id/389638


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: