Monday, September 14, 2015

Reality Optional

From Sep. 14, 2015 Washington Post:
Marines involved in a controversial experiment evaluating a gender-integrated infantry unit say they feel betrayed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus after he criticized the results of a nine-month study that found women are injured more frequently and shoot less accurately in simulated combat conditions.

“Our secretary of the Navy completely rolled the Marine Corps and the entire staff that was involved in putting this [experiment] in place under the bus,” said Sgt. Danielle Beck, a female anti-armor gunner with the task force.
Short version: the study found that women in combat had higher rates of injury than men.  Fabus basically decided that the study was wrong, that the injury rates are opinions not facts.   Harsh reality: there are real differences between men and women, and physical strength is one of them--hence the injury rates.  But the PCness of the Obama and his appointees matters more than military effectiveness or reality.

1 comment:

NotClauswitz said...

I really hate to see our Military going the way of Political Correctness because it should be the last bastion against such social-engineering stupidity, but somewhere in the chain of command suck-up structure it has become inculcated and acts as a driver for success.