I guess Ex-PH2 wanted us to bring some balance to the discussion of women in combat because she sent us this NBC News link about two young ladies who completed Sapper Leader Training course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
[West Point grads] [1st Lt. Audrey] Moton at 5’6”, and [2nd Lt. Carley] Turnnidge, barely reaching 5’4”, faced 28 grueling days of physical torture with little sleep or food. But that was only half the challenge. Training alongside 36 larger, more muscular male soldiers, both instinctively felt that as women they had to prove they could hold their own. They did.
Turnnidge, a high school and West Point soccer star, went above and beyond the call. After failing in tactical operations in her first try, remarkably, she took the course twice — 56 straight days without a break. In a training swim, Turnnidge had to drag her exhausted male partner back across the lake. Moton vigorously trained to get in shape before she ever got to the course and believes she and Turnnidge actually motivated the men. “They’d think, ‘Wait, I don’t wanna get beat by a girl.’ Well, then run faster,” she said. “I’m not going to stop.”
I’ve never said women couldn’t do the job, what I’ve said is that if they can meet the same standard as their male peers, more power to them and welcome to the ranks. It seems that these two did meet the standard. What I’m opposed to is the inevitable tipping point that the Army and the other services will reach when the social scientists demand that they allow more women into combat arms than the military can train properly.
It’s like the Obama Administration claiming that they’re going to have more Special Forces soldiers when the candidates who can make the grade aren’t there. When the standard is reduced to make some arbitrary number of graduates, the troops are the ones who will pay the price with their lives. Well, unless we can convince our enemies to reduce their standards, too.