Gird your loins, advocates of commonsense! Shrieking feminist harridans ahead!
My first offensive comment of the piece (just to set the mood): Men and women are different, and are created to carry out different functions.
For those of us who get that (and are glad), there’s nothing unusual about that statement.
To the reality-impaired diversity crowd, it’s high treason.
Now, on to the story…
The first woman to storm the testosterone-laden gates of Navy SEAL officer training – has failed.
She didn’t just fail. The sweetheart bailed after about a week into the process of initial training, according to Task and Process.
The training in San Diego, California was a three-week course, which served as a precursor to the real training. It began on July 24 and she made it to the beginning of August, before realizing the elite fighting force known as the SEALs wasn’t a knitting circle.
Two women, whose names were not released to protect their privacy, entered the famously difficult SEAL training program this summer more than a year and a half after the military allowed female troops to serve in combat roles.
The candidate who dropped out was enrolled in the Navy SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection program. If she had completed the program, she would have faced an officer selection panel and the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL program, or BUD/S, a six-month training course for the elite special operators.
According to the Navy, there were no special allowances made for the females. They were required to undergo the same physical challenges as their male counterparts, which makes sense, since the challenges in combat they would face would be the same.
If you want to compete in a role more suited to men, due to the biological certainties of bigger size, more musculature, then you have to prove you can keep up. Your teammates’ lives may be on the line one day, and war does not take a day off for bloating and irritability.
The other female to enter was working towards becoming a special warfare combatant crewman. There’s no word on her progress yet, and if she makes it, good for her. If not, nobody should be surprised.
I’m not opposed to women serving in the military. There are so many roles that women can fill, and do so exceedingly well. Combat is not that role. Women are wired differently. They have different needs and biological functions that would make prolonged combat roles untenable. And no, our troops’ lives should not be risked to prove a point about diversity.
Kudos to both ladies for giving it a shot. It’s never a bad thing to face reality about our limitations.