As if there weren’t already an adequate amount of subject matter to conclude that women are incompatible with the military, politicians have presented one more token of incongruity. They’re calling it the MOMS Leave Act. It’s a hypothetical bill that, if passed, would grant military mothers an entire year of paid maternity leave.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger has commented on the bill saying, “We should never ask our Marines to choose between being the best parent possible and the best Marine possible.”
My only comment would be “If being the best parent is more important than being the best Marine, then why don’t you give the father a year of paid paternity leave, considering he is also a parent, and considering this bill is undergirded by the premise of equality?”
However, I don’t really mean that. Giving a year of paid maternity leave already depletes the lethality and readiness of the military enough. Handing out that same privilege to men would only cause more unnecessary damage.
I may be wrong about all of this entirely. However, after serving five years in the Marine Corps myself, I’ve witnessed firsthand the abhorrent level of inequality that exists in the Marine Corps. I’m not talking about the inequality that is directed at women. I’m talking about the uncanny amount of inequality that is dealt to men.
As the record stands, of the 26,000 Marines deployed during the war with Iraq, 0 women died compared to the 195 men who died. Just an unassuming inequality statistic. Moreover, women are required to pass a physical fitness test (PFT) and a combat fitness test (CFT) at a standard that is lower than that of a man, for the same score.
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If you evaluate the charts, you will find this: Males ages 21-25 are required to perform 23 pull ups, 115 crunches in 2 minutes, and run 3 miles in 18 minutes in order to receive a 100 on their PFT. On the contrary, women of the same age demographic are required to do 11 pull ups, 110 crunches in 2 minutes, and run 3 miles in 21 minutes in order to also receive a perfect score. In other words, women are required to perform 75.6% of the male’s standard in order to receive the same score. If you calculate the comparison for the CFT, you will find that number to be 69.7%.
What does this mean? Well it certainly means that women can feel comfortable enjoying a low risk of death and a high chance of promotion compared to their male counterparts. Female Marines also report having worse shooting scores and higher rates of injury than male Marines.
This is an attack on men for its inequality. I digress. This is an attack on women. It’s an attack on women because it does nothing to prepare them for the legitimate threat that is out there. The Marine Corps has created a standard for the sake of combat effectiveness and survival. By lowering that standard for women, you set them up for failure.
This is also an assault on the military itself by producing Marines that are less combat effective. However, if that were not already enough, now women are going to be incentivized to take a hiatus from active duty to have children. Why? Because an entire year of paid off time is certainly more preferable than preparing for war.
Once again, maybe I’m wrong about all of this. Perhaps I’m a misogynist and I just won’t admit it; a bigot who shouldn’t be allowed to spew such hatred.
Or maybe I’m a former Marine who is concerned about the lethality and effectiveness of our military.
Currently women are permitted a standardized 42-day period of paid maternity leave. I’m an advocate of the current standard. However, if there is a job willing to give women an entire year of absenteeism, it shouldn’t be a job that is dependent upon an actively engaged and lethal fighting force, ready to defend the American people from a foreign threat.
Last I checked, the military was not about individuals receiving special privileges. It was about a body of men possessing the lethality to effectively neutralize a threat.
If you’re really concerned about equality, then make the physical standards the same. If you’re really concerned about equality, then regard a “parent” as both the mother and the father. If you’re really concerned about equality, then stop setting the bar low for women. You’re doing them a disservice.
Bottom line: Politicians claim to fight for equality. Yet, their actions towards women in the military are unequal than that of their actions towards men, proving that they don’t really believe in equality. Men and women are an entirely different breed, and all human history is aware of it.