Kristina Wong writes in the Washington Times that the prospect of having a female infantryman in the Marine Corps any time soon is unlikely. Not because of the course standards, exactly, but because volunteers are few and far between;
Only two of about 80 eligible female Marines have volunteered for the course — a grueling, three-month advanced regimen conducted at Quantico, Va., that was opened to women to research their performance.
Of the two female volunteers, one washed out on the first day, along with 26 of the107 men, and the other dropped out two weeks later for medical reasons, a Marine Corps spokesman said.
The research effort was launched after the Pentagon opened to women more than 14,000 jobs that could place them closer to front lines and combat.
The Marine Corps wants to test at least 90 more women in the course before making any decision about women serving in infantry roles, the spokesman said.
But, we were told that there were just oodles of females chomping at the bit to join the infantry, that they were disillusioned because they couldn’t get into the infantry because of the restrictions placed on them. Much like the gays were supposed to be swarming the recruiting offices after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was lifted from the social burdens that the military had placed on them.
Of course, most of the people who were telling us those obvious fallacies had never served a day in uniform and the people who had served were merely making excuses for their own personal failures in their respective careers. it had nothing whatsoever to do with equality or opportunity, it had to do with unwavering acceptance of those things that didn’t really matter anyway.
The only recourse that the Marine Corps has at this point is to either lower their standards or force women to participate, neither of which is acceptable or conducive to producing an effective fighting force.
The Pentagon ordered the services to issue a progress report on the jobs it opened to women and to look into other areas, including the infantry, that could be opened to women.
Those reports and research are to be sent by the end of this month to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who will issue any policy changes and recommendations to Congress.
So, time is getting tight.