What Tempers the Steel of an Infantry Unit

For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” –Rudyard Kipling, The Law of the Jungle, The Jungle Book.

The current debate about women in the infantry takes place in an artificial context, because it nearly always self-limits the discussion to physical capabilities. Within these incomplete parameters, the argument is then set, and the preamble is that physical standards and performance are measurable and what is not measurable is subjective and probably unfair.Once physical quantifications are set as the only requirement that matters, it then stands to reason that if you can define infantry requirements in terms of, for example, a number of pull-ups, a hike with 60 to 80 pounds of extra weight, or carrying a 180-pound simulated casualty to safety, then you can assess whether females are suited to infantry units.

Source: What Tempers the Steel of an Infantry Unit

LTG Newbold knows whereof he speaks. With the bonus Kipling quote to ensure URR’s approval.

The infantry is more than the sum of its physical parts.

5 thoughts on “What Tempers the Steel of an Infantry Unit”

  1. URR does approve. LtGen Newbold was one hell of an infantry officer. So when Ray Mabus spouts off with his “I know of no reason to ask for an exception”, he is lying through his communist patsy teeth. He is a disgrace to the Navy and to its servicemen and women.

  2. I can attest, after having seen it multiple times, that the addition of just a single woman can change the entire dynamic of a small team in a deployed location….and not in a good way. You can’t blame it on any single person either, it’s just human nature. Why the DoD is messing with a winning formula when it comes to combat effectiveness I have no earthly idea, it truly boggles my mind.

    In the words of “Crash” Davis “Never fuck with a winning streak”


  3. Could it be that the current occupant of the White House wishes to destroy the U. S. military?


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