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
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
She reports it has been recommended that a "chief diversity
officer" or diversity czar be appointed to make sure those quotas
"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
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.
A military watchdog says a survey of Marines fails to show
support for women serving in direct ground combat.