A conservative military watchdog is calling on President Donald Trump to dump the Obama-era social engineering experiment, which has resulted in more than four of five women soldiers failing the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
During the Obama administration, Pentagon officials bought into false promises of a "gender-free" military where men and women would be equally capable, immune to sexual attractions, and interchangeable in physically challenging missions. And in December 2015, former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter authorized women to serve in frontline combat units.
In an article published on her organization's website, Elaine Donnelly with the Center for Military Readiness contends evidence is mounting that the gender-free military experiment is failing.
"The theories about gender equality are not playing out the way we were promised that they would or the nation was promised," says the CMR president. "It looks like the Caissons' wheels are falling off – and it's not the women's fault.
"It is not women failing," she continues. "It is the policymakers who try to pretend – and [who] still pretend – that men and women are interchangeable in all military positions, even though the evidence very clearly says to the contrary."
Donnelly says the fact that 84 percent of the females are failing the Combat Fitness Test sends an unmistakable message.
"The problem is that the Army is trying to pretend that women are equally prepared and should be equally considered and assigned to the combat arms," she emphasizes. "Now this is really unrealistic."
It's time to ditch the Obama social experimentation, she suggests.
"Quite frankly this is really a matter for the president to deal with, and when he will do that will be his choice – you never know with this president," she concludes. "But something needs to be done, certainly in the next term if not sooner."
CMR argues that instead of reconsidering beliefs about gender equality that are inconsistent with reality, the Army "has dug itself into a 'gender-neutral' hole and it keeps on digging."