The Few. The Proud. The Marines.
An elite fighting force that only wants the toughest and best fighting men. Their recruitment advertising basically said that they didn’t want you because you probably weren’t tough enough for them. Their reputation was legendary and well earned.
And then they accepted women.
And now they’re placing women in combat units.
So much for the Marine Corps’ reputation. You can’t claim to be the best, now, can you? Even the Marines admit they’re just going to be average.
“The [gender equity] trainers often ask him [Lt. Col. Larry Coleman, integration branch head with Manpower Plans and Policies] why the service is opening all combat jobs to women if mixed-gender teams did not perform as well as their all-male counterparts during the service's Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force experiment.
“We tell them that, yes, the majority of the tasks they performed at a lower level; however, their performance was not unsatisfactory,” Coleman said. “Their performance and the attacks that they executed were not failures. They just were potentially slower, maybe it was less accurate – whatever the metric that was being used for that particular task.” (1)
Well, there you have it in a nutshell. The Marines are now content to be “not failures” and “not unsatisfactory”. Wow. That’s a high bar to meet, huh?. Not unsatisfactory. Few people can rise to the level of not unsatisfactory. Will medal citations now include the phrase “not unsatisfactory”? Will our next generation of heroes be not unsatisfactory?
A proud fighting force brought down. Not by the Chinese or Russians but by social engineering. Someday I’ll tell my kids about things they’ve never seen and probably don’t believe ever existed like rotary dial phones, record players, floppy discs, and Devil Dogs.
It’s getting harder and harder to see what the Marines bring to the table that the Army and Air Force don’t already have. This is really sad.
The Commonplace. The Not Unsatisfactory. The Marines.
(1)Marine Corps Times website, “All Marines to undergo 2-day training as women join combat units”, Jeff Schogol,