USNI News website has an interesting article about the military’s efforts to recruit women and why they aren’t doing more. (1)
“Lawmakers Friday morning challenged the military personnel chiefs to redouble their efforts recruiting and retaining female service-members …”
Here’s what the response to that challenge should have been: “Why? Why would we want more women in the military? What do they bring to the table?”
What’s the official response? Well, it’s along these lines,
“…not doing so means potentially missing out on selecting the best from half the nation’s talent pool.”
Yeah, we’d be missing out on the best of the least capable half of the talent pool! That’s the point that everyone glosses over. With a few job exceptions, women are not capable of contributing to combat.
It’s not even debatable that women are a detriment in combat. They simply don’t have the physical capabilities that are needed and, as a group, lack the mental/emotional aggressiveness to be effective in combat.
The problem with women in the military and, particularly, in combat, is that the discussion leapt right over the merits and into implementation. All the studies that I’m aware of have uniformly shown that women are a detriment in combat. I’m unaware of any study showing any benefit to having women in combat. Despite that, we’re totally focused on implementation.
That said, there are jobs in the military that women can fill quite ably. Here’s a few examples,
- Computers – computer operators, programmers, network techs, etc.
- Medical – Non-combat medical jobs such as doctors, nurses, med techs, lab techs, etc.
- Rear area maintenance – aircraft, armor, and equipment maintenance as long as it doesn’t involve strength (such as tank track maintenance)
- Pilots – non-combat transport pilots; I’m undecided about female combat pilots. I’d have to talk to male pilots to see if women can handle combat flying. I have doubts but I don’t know.
One of the approaches the military is proposing to recruit more women is to have more contact with women’s sports teams – the theory being that these are the type of women who are already superior in physical capabilities and mental attributes such as determination, motivation, and toughness. You know what? They’re right! Unfortunately, the best of women are pathetically behind even the worst male athletes or even average non-athlete males. I’ve witnessed female college basketball players get demolished by extremely average high school males. The physical disparities are simply too great to overcome.
According to the military,
“We’re making progress. It’s slow, but we’re making progress.”
Hey, don’t apologize for not wrecking the military faster!
(1)USNI News website, “Military Branches Are Doing More to Recruit Women into Active Duty”, Ben Werner,