Our Politically Correct Pentagon leaders will likely grant no exceptions to the requirement that as of 1 Jan 16 all positions in our military must be open to women—that specifically includes Army and Marine infantry and armor and Army Rangers and Navy SEALs—these are the people who take the fight to the enemy—face to face.
So, the next time our nation is in a big war and we need a draft, how will that decision affect our military? Well, the Selective Service is the agency that runs the draft, and their website says this:
“Selective Service law as it’s written now refers specifically to “male persons” in stating who must register and who would be drafted. For women to be required to register with Selective Service, Congress would have to amend the law.
“The constitutionality of excluding women was tested in the courts. A Supreme Court decision in 1981, Rostker v. Goldberg, held that registering only men did not violate the due process clause of the Constitution.
“Following a unanimous recommendation by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced, on January 24, 2013, the end of the direct ground combat exclusion rule for female service members. The service branches continue to move forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender-based barriers to service. Ongoing project is still underway.
And, finally, “The Selective Service System, if given the mission and modest additional resources, is capable of registering and drafting women with its existing infrastructure.”
Oh, a little more than 14% of active duty troops today are female. And, nearly 17 million male US citizens and male immigrant non-citizens between the ages of 18 and 25 are currently registered with Selective Service.
Currently, men age 18-25 are required to register. Men provide their full name, date of birth, gender, Social Security number and current mailing address. Failure to register can be a felony and limits access to things such as student loans and government jobs.
There have been lawsuits in the past by men demanding that women should have to register and be drafted, too. These have been denied basically because women were restricted from serving in many positions, particularly those involving taking close combat to the enemy. Thus the need for women—or the need for populating the positions in which women could serve, was limited.
That has changed a bit over the years, but the social experiments demanded by our politically correct civilian leaders, who have also systematically run off the senior uniformed leaders who would oppose this, have changed the scenario—it will be different next January.
The political correct arguments is that anyone who can meet some fixed requirements should be able to serve anywhere deliberately ignores lots and lots of facts. I won’t go into them all—I’ve covered many on the show over the past year. Little things like the fact that women’s bodies get injured faster than do men’s because of things like muscle mass and bone density do affect a woman’s ability to sustain prolonged highly physical contact—as in combat. Then there’s the little thing like having to drink a lot to stay hydrated—which causes a need to urinate; a challenge during moving in combat that men can handle easily, but women can’t. Oh, yes; then there’s sexual tension. But none of that matters now.
Oh, and there’s now a lawsuit being brought by a mother demanding that her daughter, who just graduated from high school, be allowed to register for the draft. She’s claiming sexual discrimination. I’m betting that this lawsuit will be successful—because the valid reason to not draft women is now gone.
So, whenever the next war comes things will be different than they are now. Nowadays, fit, assertive women who wish to serve in our military do join and do serve—and have served honorably and well in combat. But they haven’t served in tip-of-the-spear units, like infantry and Rangers. Yes, some have accompanied those units in a support role and have done very well—the book Ashley’s War, that we reviewed a couple of months ago on the show comes to mind.
So, when the draft hits, it won’t be just these fit and assertive young women who will be drafted, it will be virtually all young women. And once the army and other services get these women they’ll have to put them somewhere. In the Army and Marines there is a huge need in the infantry.
Well, at the moment, neither service is lowering any standards to let women serve. Recent attempts by women officers to pass the Marines platoon leader course produced all failures. And after six months of attempts to pass a two month Army Ranger School course, three women passed. Currently, the services are sticking to their standards.
But when a war comes and there’s lots of need to create lots of new units—the standards will change, because there will be no one to put in these units but little Sally, the girl next door. So the standards will come down—which means combat effectiveness will come down—which means more of our troops will be killed and wounded.
Bottom line, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, by this time next year your daughters and nieces will have to be registered for the draft—and if drafted, they’ll likely end up in the infantry—because that’s where the biggest need is. Young ladies; I hope you’re ready for this, because it’s coming soon to your home.