Defense Secretary Ash Carter will order the military to open up all combat jobs to women. Declaring that “we are a joint force,” Carter said that while moving women into these jobs will present challenges, the military can no longer afford to exclude half of the population from grueling military jobs.He said that any man or woman who meets the standards should be able to serve, and he gave the armed services 30 days to submit plans to make the historic change.Carter’s order opens the final 10 percent of military positions to women, and allows them to serve in the military’s most demanding and difficult jobs, including as special operations forces, such as the Army Delta units and Navy SEALs.The Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Gen. Joseph Dunford, former Marine Corps commandant, had argued that the Marines should be allowed to keep women out of certain front-line combat jobs, citing studies showing that mixed-gender units aren’t as capable as all-male units.
Facts and reality be damned, we have to do this for equality!
And the canard that we simply must be able to recruit from the entire population to fulfill combat arms is just that, a canard. Yes, there is a small slice of the population that is qualified for military service, and an even smaller slice of that pie is fit for combat arms.
On the other hand, the truth of the matter is that of a population of some 350 million Americans, the numbers that actually serve in combat arms is ridiculously small. You could probably fit every rifleman in the entire DoD into a football stadium.