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Richard 07-26-2013 10:22

Pentagon Mulling Separate Combat Training For Men, Women
 
Guess we'll be sending men and women to different wars, too, IAW the parameters of their combat training - a "Tier 1 SF Bn" (male) for Syria and a "Tier 2 SF Bn" (Female) for Aruba? :confused:

Richard


Pentagon Mulling Separate Combat Training For Men, Women
WashTimes, 25 July 2013

The military is looking at ways to modify its training for women to help them qualify for direct ground combat roles in the infantry, tanks and special operations.

Senior officers revealed the new effort this week at a hearing of the House Armed Services subcommittee on personnel.

The armed services have pledged that their standards for ground combat and commando operations will be the same for men and women.

But now commanders are raising the possibility of a two-tiered training system.


The idea was presented by Rep. Niki Tsongas.

“To put in place a training regimen that is ill-suited to maximizing the success of women is not really the outcome any of us want to see,” she said.

Army Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, deputy chief of staff for personnel, agreed.

“We are looking at that, and we’re not looking at it just for the integration of women,” Gen. Bromberg testified. “We’re looking at it for the total soldier, because just as you have a 110-pound male who may lack some type of physiological capability or physical capability, he or she may both need to be trained differently. We’re trying to expand our understanding of how we train.”

Lt. Gen. Robert Milstead Jr., deputy Marine Corps commandant for manpower, put forward a pitch for gender-segregated boot camp. The Corps is the only service that has maintained gender-segregated initial training.

“I think an excellent example of what you’re talking about is our gender-separated boot camp,” Gen. Milstead testified. “We don’t start teaching the [occupations] there. Our boot camp is about the transformation of individuals, men and women, from being a civilian to being a United States Marine. We have it separated for that reason, because we feel that this transformation, it goes on a separate track. It needs to be handled different.

“They need to be nurtured different. They just need different steps as they go. They end up in the same place, the United States Marines.”

The Marine Corps has charged to the front of the women-in-combat issue by asking female officer volunteers to try to complete the officer combat qualification course at the base in Quantico, Va.

Women are expected to perform the same tasks as men. All six women who have entered the course have dropped out due to injury or failure to complete the course.

The Pentagon lifted the ban on women in direct combat roles in January. The services and U.S. Special Operations Command are studying combat standards to validate or change them before a decision is made to move women into those roles in January 2016.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...#ixzz2aAXnlPOy

The Reaper 07-26-2013 10:26

Why not do the same for the handicapped and special needs citizens and make them Spec Ops soldiers as well?

These idiots making the rules without any real knowledge of ground combat are going to be responsible when we lose the next war.

TR

spherojon 07-26-2013 10:36

One word: Politics.

Maybe we will get a movie sequel to J.I. Jane.

sinjefe 07-26-2013 11:29

Is anyone really surprised that they are headed this way? I mean, come on, Dempsey and Odierno (among others)?

98G 07-26-2013 12:13

Operation Aruba is Calling
 
At first I thought, this just gets dumber or it is another Duffleblog. But no, when training is already under-funded, our bloated Federal budget is a joke of program and discretionary spend that is woefully out of date, elected officials spend more time raising campaign money than doing their jobs, they have time to meet and discuss asinine ideas? But then.. it makes sense. Lower standards, better locations. After all, we can't risk sending sub standard combat troops to military hot spots, but what about to civilian hot spots? Those cocktails can be lethal and navigating the bar scene comes with its own hazards.

Aruba? Genius.

Too bad I passed the age limit. I could really stand to deploy to Aruba for a while.

Sometimes, being female can really pay off. Must go train and get a fake birth certificate. Hope I get credit for prior service and keep some rank. :lifter

Badger52 07-26-2013 14:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard (Post 516904)
The idea was presented by Rep. Niki Tsongas.

“To put in place a training regimen that is ill-suited to maximizing the success of women is not really the outcome any of us want to see,” she said.

Army Lt. Gen. Howard Bromberg, deputy chief of staff for personnel, agreed.

I promise - Scout's Honor - I did NOT skip out on English and go surfin'...

That poorly written crap up there isn't gonna yield their next catch slogan...
:rolleyes:

Surf n Turf 07-26-2013 16:14

Quote:

Originally Posted by Badger52 (Post 516919)
I promise - Scout's Honor - I did NOT skip out on English and go surfin'...

That poorly written crap up there isn't gonna yield their next catch slogan...
:rolleyes:

US Army -Maximizing the success of women since February 6, 1775

SnT :D

PRB 07-26-2013 16:28

Any Officer or NCO that supports 'separate but equal' training should be shot at dawn...if not earlier.

Team Sergeant 07-27-2013 10:49

Pentagon Mulling Separate Combat Training For Men, Women
 
Pentagon Mulling Separate Combat Training For Men, Women


At least we will have a front seat watching this joke unfold.....

No leadership in the WH and apparently none in the Pentagon either.

Utah Bob 07-27-2013 13:38

I'd like to say I'm surprised.
I'd like to. But I'm not.

ddoering 07-27-2013 13:41

Separate but equal.... Wasn't that tried before some where and failed according to the SC?????

PRB 07-27-2013 13:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddoering (Post 517016)
Separate but equal.... Wasn't that tried before some where and failed according to the SC?????

No kidding...I hope someone in authority that thinks this stupid puts that old term to use.
There is no such thing as 'separate but equal' when the command atmosphere, environment, weather, and cadre are different. None.
I cannot imagine the nut rolls MACOM Commanders and Staff have to respond to in this Obama age.

Ghost_Team 07-27-2013 14:24

Quote:

Originally Posted by PRB (Post 517017)
There is no such thing as 'separate but equal' when the command atmosphere, environment, weather, and cadre are different. None.
I cannot imagine the nut rolls MACOM Commanders and Staff have to respond to in this Obama age.

It's not just the Obama age. This silly shit has been going on for 20 years, if not a little longer. The "Everyone is equal, everyone is a winner, we'll adjust the rules to the individual" stuff makes no sense to me. It's right up there with "fairness." Well, if something is fair (using the liberal definition of level playing field and all things equal), there can never be a winner or loser. Anything that has a winner or loser, or any kind of ranking system can never be completely fair. Someone will always have an advantage. Smarter, faster, stronger, whatever it may be.

Paslode 07-27-2013 14:36

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ghost_Team (Post 517021)
It's not just the Obama age. This silly fantage has been going on for 20 years, if not a little longer. The "Everyone is equal, everyone is a winner, we'll adjust the rules to the individual" stuff makes no sense to me. It's right up there with "fairness." Well, if something is fair (using the liberal definition of level playing field and all things equal), there can never be a winner or loser. Anything that has a winner or loser, or any kind of ranking system can never be completely fair. Someone will always have an advantage. Smarter, faster, stronger, whatever it may be.

As long as we have Social Engineers there will always be an effort to handicap the score in order to even the playing field.

Peregrino 07-27-2013 15:19

Just remember - this is all being pushed by the same people who thought the school Debate Team deserved the same Varsity Letter as the Football Team.


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