A conservative military watchdog says the newly announced plan
to allow women in front-line combat units will do nothing but
degrade tough training standards.
Under the schedules delivered to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel,
the Army will develop standards within the next two years to let
women train and possibly serve as Rangers. By March 2016, women
could begin training as Navy SEALS. U.S. Special Operations Command
is working on deciding what commando jobs could be opened to women
and when the transition would take place.
The plans require women and men to meet the same physical and
mental standards to qualify for the front-line positions. It is
still possible that women will be kept out of some jobs if research
and testing find that they could not be successful in sufficient
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military
Readiness (CMR), tells OneNewsNow therein lies the problem.
"General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of
Staff, said in January that all standards will be questioned if
they are 'so high that a women couldn't make it,' using his words,"
she points out. "The all-male units that we're talking about today
should remain all-male - that's the only way to keep those
standards high and commensurate with the demands of direct ground
The military services are also working to determine the cost of
opening certain jobs to women, particularly aboard a variety of
Navy ships, including some submarines and small warships. Costs for
accommodating such a change would be "incalculable," says
"You can't take a small submarine and stretch it like a
limousine - and you have the health costs and the operational
issues [as well]," she explains. "The Department of the Navy has
just disregarded and brushed aside all these arguments that are
based on reality, and they're just pursuing political
The CMR leader believes Congress must intervene.