The Pentagon will maintain bans on women serving in most ground combat units, defense officials said Thursday, despite pressure from lawmakers and female veterans who called the restrictions outdated after a decade of war.
After taking more than a year to review its policies on orders from Congress, the Defense Department announced that it would open about 14,000 combat-related positions to female troops, including tank mechanics and intelligence officers on the front lines.
The Pentagon is unveiling plans Thursday to allow women to serve in thousands of military jobs closer to the front lines, reflecting the realities of the last decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Feb. 9)
But the Pentagon said it would keep 238,000 other positions — about one-fifth of the regular active-duty military — off-limits to women, pending further reviews. Virtually all of those jobs are in the Army and Marine Corps.
If you read the article, you’ll notice the entire rationale behind this decision (and the complaints that it doesn’t go far enough) is that it is necessary to promote diversity.
Not once is the justification an improvement in the capabilities of the services.
“Diversity” for the sake of diversity is held up as an unalloyed good, and any dissension from that position is held up to scorn. As CDR Salamander has so often noted in his Diversity Thursday features, the goal here isn’t equal opportunity, but predetermined quotas that must be met, whether those metrics help or hurt the service. And above all, the goal is the promotion of the diversity industry itself.