Saturday, February 9, 2019


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See the Wall Street Journal article, below.

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"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – 
which you can never afford to Lose – with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
        - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)

Women in Combat Units Can Harm Cohesion

Decision-making under hazardous conditions must be objective and not tainted by romantic considerations.

Feb. 5, 2019 5:35 p.m. ET

SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
Regarding the letters of Jan. 23 responding to Heather Mac Donald’s “Women Don’t Belong in Combat Units,” op-ed, Jan. 14): Proponents of assigning women to infantry units often seek to simplify the issue: If a woman can pass a certain battery of tests then she is qualified for infantry assignment and should have the opportunity for a career in the infantry if she desires.
Amorous relationships between males and females in infantry units can lead to skewed decision-making and distractions. Sexual competition will occur. Decision-making under hazardous conditions must be objective and not tainted by romantic considerations. The bond between men necessary for self-sacrifice to the point of death cannot be measured by any form of testing but is essential to all combat units. This bond is developed by living and training together in arduous conditions, without privacy. Married military personnel living in close quarters with the opposite sex can cause uneasiness with their spouses, a concern shared by both men and women military members.
In logistics units where women have been present for decades, on average, 20% of the younger female Marines weren’t available for overseas deployment due to pregnancy or a postpartum condition. The training curriculum for an infantry battalion before deployment is an investment not recovered when a woman is transferred due to pregnancy.
The military has always been considered a separate society from all other occupations, as recognized by the Supreme Court. Rather than weighing the decision to integrate women into combat units on individual career opportunities and desires, combat effectiveness, unit cohesion and military necessity must always be the first and foremost factors in considering personnel policy changes.
Col. Alan B. Will, USMC (Ret.)
Suffolk, Va.

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