Weakens Western Military
Written by Elaine Donnelly
Radical social and cultural changes in their armed
forces have led some Western nations to put so-called equal opportunity
and rampant feminism above military readiness. The development threatens
to overwhelm America’s defense.
Tax-funded sex change operations, unisex shipboard quarters with male and female sailors showering and sleeping together, and bare-breasted "sailorettes" saluting passing ships have become hallmarks of some Western armed forces. Experts warn such things could happen in the U.S. military.
"There is reason for concern ... about mounting pressures from international courts and mandates associated with the European Union, NATO and the United Nations," warns Elaine Donnelley of the Center for Military Readiness.
"Demands for ‘consistency’ with our allies could force America to adopt problematic policies that potential adversaries would never accept."
Donnelly, a recognized expert on military readiness, says that the drive to elevate egalitarianism above all other considerations inevitably leads to having women "in all combat positions, and open homosexuality in the military."
"It also leads to collateral policies that detract from readiness and the needs of the military."
The June issue of CMR Notes, the center’s monthly publication, looked at the armed forces of several Western nations and found shocking examples of radical culture changes undermining readiness and morale.
Thanks to a tax-financed feminist committee critics say is "completely detached from reality," Canada’s armed forces are the victim of a drive to introduce diversity, which its proponents insist must prevail over all other considerations, including budgetary limitations.
"Hence the push for a hugely expensive proposition, the assignment of women to submarines, and a number of costly luxuries that are collateral to social change such as a tax-financed 'gender reassignment' sex change operation for a homosexual soldier, $2.4 million to design a 'combat bra' and other items for pregnant combat soldiers, all-inclusive sensitivity training programs and recruiting posters that show images of 'people working together,' instead of pictures of the tanks, ships and fighter jets potential recruits would serve in."
Behind all of this idiocy is the Advisory Board on Canadian Forces Gender Integration and Employment Equity, a powerful eight-member advisory committee that CMR News notes is comparable to the U.S. Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.
Canadian Parliament member Art Hanger, a member of the Canadian Alliance, warns the committee uses intimidation to force its agenda of political correctness on the military. Hanger told Canada’s National Post the group "needs to be shut down before it can further impair the military’s combat capability."
Among the more strident demands of the feminist-dominated committee:
Meeting a "goal" of 28 percent women in the Canadian forces.
"Fast-track" promotions for women into the higher ranks.
A $1.5 million advertising program to attract a "critical 13 percent of women in the army’s combat units within the next ten years."
According to the Canadian Alliance, "completely artificial" recruiting goals "would inevitably lead to favoritism and reverse discrimination. ... In examining army documents ... we have found that training standards have been systematically lowered in order to help meet quota objectives and to artificially increase representation by ‘designated groups.’ This trend is extremely dangerous. Indeed it is placing the lives of our soldiers in danger."
Studies have shown that training standards have been drastically lowered to accommodate female recruits who have been repeatedly shown to be unable to meet the more rigorous requirements previously in force. Performance requirements now stipulate that "missing the target does not constitute a failure."
A 1996 Department of National Defense newsletter stated that army training must be "supportive of gender integration." In other words, training standards that don’t promote feminist integration must be changed.
If the results matter in judging the success of the new policies, they clearly spell failure.
Attrition rates among women in combat units ranged from 21 percent for field engineer trainees to 70 percent in the infantry: ratios of 2-to-1 and 6-to-1, respectively, compared to men.
Despite the budgetary problems that have some recruits firing "imaginary rounds" instead of live ones, and trainee gunners being told to load shells, take aim and then shout "bang" into a microphone, the Ministry of Defence has found the money to launch a yearlong test of women in combat roles.
The ministry will test women’s physical stamina and psychological aptitude for carrying out combat tasks on the battlefield. Tests will be structured to avoid "bias" against women. The tests will also examine men’s attitudes toward women on the battlefield.
Thanks to the new European Convention on Human Rights, British soldiers who think they’ve been given the wrong orders now have the right to sue their commanding officers.
Although women are exempted from serving in combat, Israel’s supreme court has ruled that a woman could fly fighter aircraft, and a new law introduced by a female member of Parliament will allow women to volunteer to serve in tanks and armored combat units.
A study was ordered to discover whether women have the physical ability to serve in combat units. The results showed they do not.
According to the Navy Times, small, 30-person submarines that patrol coastal areas on limited cruises of a few weeks at a time make few provisions to separate male and female sailors. Men and women shower, dress and bunk together. "Love relationships" are not unusual.
Sweden is now considering a proposal to draft women.
An incident last summer when a Dutch frigate, HMS Bloys, decided to "salute" a passing Italian warship says it all.
A photo of the salute showed a group of long-haired male crew members standing behind six bare-chested buxom sailorettes, exposing their breasts, laughing and stripped to their bikini bottoms.
The Navy Times report that when U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Danzig visited the Dutch frigate HMS Tjerk Diddes, he was shown the staterooms assigned to each sailor. He made no comment on the cultural hallmarks of the new Dutch navy – long hair and earrings on the men and bars that serve beer on board ship. Gay sailors have a union, and a special advisory committee oversees the treatment of homosexual sailors.
The Dutch air force advertises for recruits in Krant, a magazine for homosexuals. Referring to backroom places where homosexual activity takes place, one ad shows an F-16 in fight with the caption "There are more exciting places on earth than the dark room."
The cases cited above of "recent personnel policy changes in several allied nations demonstrates reasons why European bureaucrats, ‘supranational’ tribunals, international courts, and liberal civilian advisory committees must not be empowered to change the culture of America’s armed forces," CMR’s Donnelly warned.
Elaine Donnelly has served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services and the Presidential Commission on Women in the Armed Forces, and in 1997 was the first woman to receive the Adm. John Henry Towers award from the New York Naval Aviation
Commandery, in recognition of her support for naval aviation. With all the enemies America’s military men and women have, they are lucky to have a friend in Elaine Donnelly
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