What Happens When Women Put on a Military Uniform?
Navy Times, April 15, 1961 As Your Business Blogger was looking through an old Navy Times for a listing of my dad’s promotion, I came across this cartoon.
The Old Salts knew even back then that sparks fly when men and women put on a uniform — in close quarters.
Sometimes the uniforms come off:
Deanna Allen getting out of uniform
in Camp Bucca.
She is clearly not a prudent woman,
See Pirate Codes below
A sample of Pirate Codes concerning women. And these were the uncivilized men:
Bartholomew Roberts’s articles,
One of the best known sets of pirate articles was set down by the famous Welsh pirate Bartholomew Roberts in 1720.
No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man were to be found seducing any of the latter sex, and carried her to sea, disguised, he was to suffer death; [so that when any fell into their hands, as it chanced in the Onslow, they put a sentinel immediately over her to prevent ill consequences from so dangerous an instrument of division and quarrel; but then here lies the roguery; they contend who shall be sentinel, which happens generally to one of the greatest bullies, who, to secure the lady’s virtue, will let none lie with her but himself.]
And from Captain John Phillips’s articles,
If at any time you meet with a prudent Woman, that Man that offers to meddle with her, without her Consent, shall suffer present Death.
The Pentagon will not publish the pregnancy rate or the true number of non-deployable women. Not all military women are as, well, flashy as Deanna Allen. But the silence of the Brass makes the virtue of military women appear to be something out of the campus orgies in Tom Wolfe’s “I Am Charlotte Simmons.”
Are all women in the military un-dressing the troops like Deanna? I would hope not. But the pictures are compelling.
And this may get worse. Hillary Clinton wants more women in combat and open homosexuals in the military. More women and homosexuals in the armed forces; in harm’s way would not be helpful for unit cohesion or for what little privacy seen in the military.
Alert Reader David Hilgartner has more thoughts on the “weaker sex” in this terrible time of war, at the jump.
Thank you (foot)notes:
Your Business Blogger is a former Army Captain in Combat Arms. And never had women under his command. Not in the military; not in marriage. And don’t even ask about the daughters.
From: David Hilgartner,
And the comments that “if men would step up, women wouldn’t have to” are disingenuous – typical liberal feminist ‘spin’ on things. Liberal women are pushing for women in combat – as are many of the women serving in the Armed Forces. Most liberal feminists have never been IN the Armed Forces, so they have no idea what they are promoting… That would be like an enemy sympathizer commanding U.S. troops – oh, wait, we’re not discussing John Kerry…
I understand a female soldier’s desire to serve on the battle front – the military ALWAYS gives preference in promotion to commanders and NCO’s who have combat experience. I think anyone would agree this is right – that is the military’s primary function after all. Many (but not all) of the women I encountered in my stint in the Armed Forces were exceptional soldiers, and their career would benefit from a combat command. I still think it is a BAD idea to put them on the front lines, ESPECIALLY against Muslim jihadists!
If we are going to put them in combat, we need to eliminate the differences in the Physical Training test – women should have to meet the same physical standard as the men, if they want to be truly equal. If you say “but women are not as strong as men, especially in their upper body” that brings me back to THEY SHOULDN’T BE IN COMBAT. I read not too long ago about a Sergeant that was clearing an area of Bagdad, and wound up in a knife fight with a Muslim terrorist.
He won, due to his superior conditioning and UPPER BODY STRENGTH. He and his opponent were wrestling together – he could not reach his gun, nor could the terrorist. Finally, he was able to draw his knife and stab the bad guy. Why put a woman in a situation she will likely lose? Perhaps because the death toll would allow anti-war folks to get our troops out of Iraq faster. Think of the media backlash, when a disproportionate number of American casualties are female.
I have heard a statistic that says criminals are something like 10 times (I forget the exact number) more likely to resist when the arresting officer is a woman. Therefore, women police officers have to be MORE prepared, and at least as strong, as their male counterparts. News flash – bad guys don’t have “enlightened” views of women.
I have also heard that a number of Firefighters around the country are protesting the Firefighter physical test as well. It seems women get an easier version. Their test involves picking up a 140 lb dummy and carrying it up three flights of stairs. I don’t know about you, but I weigh 215 lbs, and I would hope that ANY firefighter that came upon my unconcious body would be able to carry my fat butt to safety. I don’t know many adult men that weigh only 140 lbs. Most office buildings are taller than 3 stories. I don’t like the idea of being SOL in a fire, because we are politically correct in our hiring practices.
On a slightly different, but related note, Iranians took away from their women all the advantages won through several hundred years of Western society; Iranian women can not attend University, can not hold jobs, and cannot even travel in public without a male family member as escort. I don’t know if you have met any women in your life, but I have noticed they are extremely social.
Yet Muslim society says they are ‘protecting’ their women. I think many would prefer a little more ‘danger’, and a lot more social interaction… If Muslims treat their OWN mothers, sisters, and daughters this way, what do you think they are going to do to ours, if they get their hands on them?
I find an Arab-American women protesting American women’s involvement in the war in Iraq to be ironic, to say the least. That’s like a black person protesting black regiments in the Northern Army during the Civil War…