Friday, June 05, 2015

Women Packing Iron

a major award                                                 

Last women wash out of Ranger School
Biology: 1 Political Correctness: 0

[...] For those who aren’t familiar with the course, it is 61-days of intense stress, sleep deprivation, lack of food and any other item that could conceivably make life at the bottom of Maslow’s Heirarchy not a challenge, and general suck. The graduation rate is a [deleted]-hair above 50% but this masks the fact that 37% of all graduates have to repeat at least one phase. So 61-days is really a best case and most graduates spend closer to 75-days in the course. One of my officers started the course three times before finally completing it as distinguished honor graduate.

One hardly knows what the Army was thinking. If physical standards aren’t radically changed for women, and Bruce Jenner isn’t in the class, human physiology in terms of muscle mass, weight, bone structure, and upper body strength indicate that few, if any, birth-women (I guess we have to start using this now to be clear) can pass the program. Personally, I was betting the Army would fold like a cheap suit. When the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says:

“Importantly, though, if we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it, the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the secretary, why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?”

The remaining eight female Ranger School candidates failed the first phase of the U.S. Army’s elite infantry program, the Army said in a statement late Friday. Of the eight women, five were kicked out of training. Three others will be allowed to start over from the beginning of the first phase of Ranger School. Those three will start class on June 21. The Army said in a statement that 29 students failed to meet the standards of phase one, also known as the Darby Phase. A vast majority of the students who are being dropped from the course were unable to successfully lead a patrol. All students received multiple opportunities to lead a patrol as a squad or team leader, the Army said.
And, of course, the reason we would be questioning that is that any woman’s career is much more important than any number of bodies left strewn about a battlefield.

Much to my surprise, the Ranger cadre have held firm to the macro-standards. Of the 19 women in the first class, eleven did not complete the first four days, the Ranger Assessment Program — what used to be known as City Phase, of the course. At the end of the Darby Phase, the remaining eight women were recycled having failed to meet the standard necessary to move on to Mountain Phase at Camp Frank D. Merrill in Dahlonega, Georgia. At the end of the recycle period, five of the remaining eight women were dropped from the course. Three were allowed to start with a new class from Day One. This would entail retaking the Ranger Assessment Program.

[The full SNAFU]

Don't even start.  There is nobody on this blog who loves women more than me, but puh-leeez!  I am forever and  adamantly against throwing our women into combat roles for the obvious sexist (yes, it is technically sexist) reasons—which necessitate letting women cadets at West Point parade with lightweight wood replicas of the rifles the man carryas I'm told they did; and all the rest the the Patsy Schroederization We Are Woman crap.  But even more importantly, cloistering women with men on long combat tours, especially aboard ships, creates unnecessary tensions plus morale and disciplinary problems.  You know very well what I mean. We don't have to so this.


Esteve said...

I thought of a social experiment while listening to Rush talk about this yesterday. Select two team captains from the Progressive/Liberal/Feminist/Democrat world and have each captain choose a 4 person team which would compete in some grueling feat of strength and endurance. The cost to the captain of the losing team would be his/her life. How many women would be chosen for either team? They look at the Rangers as another social experiment with no grasp of the potential for the loss of life on every mission.

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Well, unless you want to fundamentally change America ...

Anonymous said...

It is a sorry-assed day when the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs says something so stupendously ignorant of the very military in which he serves. Or perhaps ignores......that would explain it.

No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus, and yes, Virginia, the standards do have to be that high. Point du Hoc ring a bell, you effing berk?

Sir H the Comet

Anonymous said...

Stand by, in very short order "political correctness" will even and surpass the score.

The Secretary of the Navy has said he is hell bent on getting them into the SEALs.

Gates started it walking out the door {and continued it now for the Boy Scouts on gays} and then Panetta finished what Gaters started as he walked out the door.

Start the count down clock. . .


Anonymous said...

Social Justice Warriors don't care if OTHER PEOPLE die. They only care about their own feelings. Which are mostly rage directed at OTHER PEOPLE.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and SECNAV says that he wants the Marines to be 25% women... it was hard enough getting to 5%. Know what I say? 17 months and a wakeup.

BTW, Casca II has been a company commander in the Marine standardization of physical requirements for performing specific combat arms MOS's. What's the real outcome? The unit weak sisters that every unit had won't be there anymore, and the female Marines who would be able to do it probably won't want to.


Skoonj said...

For a good look at the facts, let's look at what Fred Reed has to say:

Chadd said...

As a multi-phase recycled graduate of Ranger school, my hat's off to the ladies who tried, Darby phase is a shock to the system and only the beginning of the long suck. But, what this really raises is the question of women's role in the military in general. I can't say anything that LTC (ret) Tom Kratman hasn't already said, here:

It's a bit of a long read, but well worth the time.


Stu Tarlowe said...

Just you wait. If the new "powers that be" have their way, the rules and requirements will be "fundamentally transformed" to accommodate not only women, but Muslim women. It'll be deemed racist, sexist and Islamophobic to require military personnel to pass any test that cannot be passed by a woman in a burkha.

Anonymous said...

We are gonna go down in history as the country that cut its own balls off.

Phil N. LeBlanc

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