Women have been serving in the American Armed Forces for a very long time. Women were flying planes from America to Europe during World War II so that men would be available for the actual missions conducted in those planes. Aboard ship, female Sailors have sailed alongside males, manning weapons and engaging targets. In the Air Force, female pilots have delivered freedom to countless regions around the globe as they flew combat missions. All of these roles, however, have one thing in common. They are not ground combat jobs.
Women have been barred from service as infantry, Special Forces and the like throughout American history. As time goes on however, it becomes harder and harder to find the line that separates support roles from ground combat roles. Female Corpsmen have been qualified as Fleet Marine Force and marched out with Marines, including infantry units. So, why not open up the ranks and allow females to simply be infantry?
The Marines allowed women to give it a try in Infantry Officer School and all hopefuls failed the course. Similarly, the Army allowed female Soldiers to have a run at Ranger School. After all female participants failed, they were allowed to try a second time with the same results. Now, the Army is not only talking about letting them try a third time, but modifying the course.
The Army claims that the portions of the course failed by the female cadets are not portions that actually tests a soldiers ability to perform in combat, but rather are there for male “chest bumping.” Because of this, it is believed that the course does not have to be watered down, yet can be altered in such a way that allows women to pass.
When it comes to “I can do anything better than you,” there will be no argument here. Women have done amazing things within our military and have performed just as well as the men. The downfall is not gender, but rather, statistics. In all of the attempts made by females to join infantry based jobs, the attrition rate was significant while their numbers were not. To add to the failing recipe, since boot camp, females are required to do less when it comes to physical fitness. By doing this, a standard is set that leaves these combat hungry women behind the curve and trying to play catch up.
For a true test of the abilities, women who seek combat roles should find themselves in an environment like today’s Navy SEAL hopefuls. At one point, a sailor went to boot, moved on to “A” School, and then on to BUD/S for SEAL training. Today, these sailors are going into a boot camp division filled with nothing but those attempting to enter Special Forces and taught only by those with service in one of the Naval Special Forces. This has resulted in a higher pass rate without softening the requirements. Perhaps the Army could give this a try with female troops. Have a boot camp platoon that is headed for Ranger and treat them as such from day one. No female/male PT standards like the rest of the Army. No playing catch-up after finishing a follow-on school. Instead, groom these troops to become Rangers from day one. The results would not just be women in the Rangers, but the ability to keep the strong standards with a higher pass rate among men and women alike.
There is room in our military for women in all roles, as they have proven their worth time and again from the air, on the sea, and on the ground. They are not failing because they are women. They are failing because they are trying to play a game where they are not able to join until the third quarter.
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