Skip to comments.Women in the U.S. Military: Growing Share, Distinctive Profile
Posted on 12/22/2011 8:20:30 AM PST by ruralvoter
The women who serve in todays military differ from the men who serve in a number of ways. Compared with their male counterparts, a greater share of military women are black and a smaller share are married. Also, women veterans of the post-9/11 era are less likely than men to have served in combat and more likely to be critical of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In other ways, however, military women are not different from military men: they are just as likely to be officers; they joined the armed services for similar reasons; and post-9/11 veterans of both sexes have experienced a similar mix of struggles and rewards upon returning to civilian life.
Since 1973, when the United States military ended conscription and established an all-volunteer force, the number of women serving on active duty has risen dramatically. The share of women among the enlisted ranks has increased seven-fold, from 2% to 14%, and the share among commissioned officers has quadrupled, from 4% to 16%.
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Progressive alert, progressive alert....
Incoming “rationale” for different standards for “special” military members.
Liberals and RINOs are turning the military into another welfare agency for “professional victim” groups.
They will need to leave room for about 15% to do the real fighting.
“Also, women veterans of the post-9/11 era are less likely than men to have served in combat and more likely to be critical of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “
Perhaps they will be allowed to go on strike after the military is unionized.
Liberals destroy everything they touch.
“The women who serve in todays military differ from the men who serve in a number of ways. “
yeah, NONE of them got drafted, but still get the bennies.
(get you cake and eat it ,too)
See, this is BS. I really hope the bolsheviks in congress succeed in cutting the 'military' by about 40%. That should result in downsizing all the dead weight, the chatty mensas and the nanny state boondogglers not critical to the AA.FF. basic mission of killing folks and breaking things at the C.I.C.s behest.
A military institution infiltrated by homosexuals and “manned” by women, and run to complppy with some beaurocrat’s concept of social justice.
Now THAT is a firghtening military establishment - to the people its supposed to defend. And a JOKE to its enemies.
Don’t talk to me about “equality” until they have to pass the same PT test men do ,are subject to the same rules on selective service obligations and length of time in the field without a shower.
When those are all equal, then they can talk about playing “women in combat”.
Slap on your combat boots and head over to the combat testing range: 1) Let's start with the inverted crawl for 20 yards out, then back in less than 60 seconds, 2) Hit that horizontal ladder for 6 lengths in less than a minute, 3) Run, Dodge, and Jump over that ditch and those hurdles, twice in less than 30 seconds, 4) Time for those strict situps, 50 in less than 60 seconds, and finally, 5) Your 2 mile run in 15 minutes or less.
If you are a stalwart human specimen, you will do this test every year until you retire from the combat arms. If you are not, you cannot. Come on ladies, gird your loins and give it a try. You can do anything a man can do, yes?
In the paraphrased words of Gen. Westmoreland, "Sure, there are some women who can do this, but they're freaks; and, the Army is no place for freaks."
Flame away, but I know the truth hurts..
Dropping standards and enforcing preferences since 1973.
You wouldn’t need anything that intensive. The pullup requirement at airborne school had to be waived (eliminated entirely now) and the rigorous uphill runs moved to the ‘airborne track’ in order to accomodate the gals. I can’t imagine that most naval gals are capable of real world rigorous damage control work...and I’ve been told as much by the warrant officers who run army boats/ships.
The enemy won’t dare shoot at a pregnant Amerikan soldier.
That is the progressive plan, isn’ it?!
Nope, agree fully.
However, I’ve flown with some pretty aggressive women pilots. I’d not downgrade them just for their sex...but yup, there should just be one set of standards...and right now there isn’t.
How many of those young aggressive fighter females could have made it through the SERE training of 1985? How many were chosen to be fighter pilots over better qualified males to fulfill a quota? How many would have been commissioned if they were held to the male PT standards? Just asking.
A salient point. Are they aggressive and more capable than the enemy? Probably.
Are they better than the man they supplanted because of quotas? Doubtful.
Don't forget that these soldiers eventually return to civilian life and live among us. The vast majority will still behave well afterwards but some will no longer observe social taboos against injuring women. Is that an acceptable price for equality?
The “feel” they don’t plan. The first round of gang rapes of our women during the next war will probably largely end the experimentation, at least of the ground forces.
I was going to call you on the “40 years” bit since I took that PT Test in the 70’s - and then I counted it out on my fingers - Oh, crude!
The pullup standards for airborne (10 full pullups, no assistance) Are still there, and we’re told they’re a requirement, but you don’t get dropped if you can’t pass that. Don’t know about the runs, but the Army’s whole PT routine has been changed, because the old PT was ‘too rough’ on females’ hips, so now we get to do all sorts of gay yoga leg lifts and such. The new PRT hardly even includes any stretching too. No more log PT, no circuit PT, at least for basic anyway. We did a 14mi+ ruck march with about 70lbs of gear. Several of the guys couldn’t even do it. I doubt many females could either.
Yea, a lot of standards have declined because of females, but at the same time, the sad part is that many of the males who make it through basic really shouldn’t be in either. Over half our troop couldn’t qualify on the M4 with less than 7 attempts on the course. We had one guy go through over 900 rounds trying to qualify, several over 5-600. (The one ended up discharged for some medical issue/failure to adapt, thankfully.) With each qualification attempt using exactly 40 rounds. Several can barely pass the PT test, even after 12+ weeks of PT and the usual physical part training. Maybe 50/166 in our troop could even climb a rope. Very sad.
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