Diversity a must in the military

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

A conservative military watchdog says the recent decision to allow women to serve in front-line combat units will likely result in a quota system overseen by a "diversity czar."


One of Leon Panetta's last acts as secretary of defense was to announce the change in policy that allows young women to serve in infantry, armor units, and perhaps even with special operations, where they will be exposed to the hazards of front-line, offensive combat ( see earlier story).

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), maintains that the move will degrade tough training standards, because liberals will demand quotas, while few, if any, women can meet those tough physical standards.

She reports it has been recommended that a "chief diversity officer" or diversity czar be appointed to make sure those quotas are met.

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"The diversity czar will look at promotions when someone is promoted at any point in their career. If they do not support the diversity agenda, they will not get promoted," Donnelly explains. "In fact, they're quite explicit. They say for a nomination and confirmation of three- and four-star generals and admirals, successful implementation of diversity will be a criterion. In fact, it will be either a career maker or breaker, and it will be a standard that all military leaders at all levels will have to meet."

The CMR president concludes that when commanders are held to these diversity standards, training standards will have to be lowered in order to find females to fill the quotas.

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