Combat Action Badge – Now for Women, too.
For everyone following the frog. . .I’ve been writing about the Army’s plan (nefarious!) to insert women in combat. Some readers have been skeptical that it is a deliberate plan. But I’m the one collecting coins now.
Secretary of the Army, Francis Harvey
looking toward Army Chief of Staff,
General Peter Schoomaker
Here’s more evidence of Schoomaker, et.al. “boiling the frog.” The Army announced today that it will be issuing a new “Combat Action Badge.” (Thanks, IntelDump.) Women will be eligible, even retroactively (quote, Washington Post):
Any Army soldier who has seen active combat while in Iraq or Afghanistan may now receive a new “Combat Action Badge,” making tens of thousands of soldiers who are not in the infantry ranks — including women — eligible for a combat award for the first time.
Wait one — there are some really subtle points that need to be made about this decision. I support our women in uniform. And, surely our support goes to the women who have come under fire in Iraq. This really isn’t about them.
The issue is the policy decisions being made, and some that are studiously not being made, that are putting an increasing number of women in harm’s way. Deliberately. The badge merely comes after as a way of presenting the fait accompli.
This is a case study on path dependence.
A further quote from the Post story helps illustrate my point:
The badge is the first non-medical combat distinction to honor women who are caught in battle during U.S. wars, largely because women are not assigned to frontline combat duties.
Read that carefully. Women are being “caught in battle” because they are being assigned near where battle can, might, will happen. It’s that simple.
At the announcement of the new badge, Schoomaker said: “Warfare is still a human endeavor. Our intent is to recognize Soldiers who demonstrate and live the Warrior Ethos.” The Band of Brothers now includes your Sister.