More Reasons Not To Enlist
The military has fallen apart. It needs fixing. The Pentagon pretends otherwise.
Because until after Desert Storm I wrote a military column that appeared in Army/Navy/Air Force Times, men still in uniform recognize my name and email me. The following are examples, with identification removed. The country will pay in lives for the things they describe.
The problem is not that we have women in the military. There are women in the services who have jobs they can do, who do them well, and who are dedicated to the military. They, and the men around them, know who they are. Rather the problem is (1) feminization of military values, (2) recruitment of low-grade women with no commitment to the armed services, and (3) unwillingness to discipline them.
I am (a helicopter instructor pilot) at (a base.) The other day I was sailing along in the simulator with my two flight students when we got into a discussion about 14 hour flying days in combat.
One of the students asked the question "What did you do, pee in a bottle?" Well the female soldier working the console heard this, keyed the mic and said "You better watch it up there, someone said pee in a bottle." The two students were taken aback by this as was I. I quickly told this young Warrant Officer that the female soldier was correct. I can teach you to kill men and women and to blow things up but I can't allow you to say "Pee in a bottle."
Ask any man in the military today what the first thing he does before he opens his mouth and without fail you will hear "I look over my shoulder to see if there are any females in the area." Please don't use my name because I too am always looking over my shoulder.
I just read your comments concerning any young man joining the military of today, [I said, "Don't do it": Fred] and I concur 100%. I go to LeMoore NAS for the Base Exchange and the Commissary, and in the process meet many of the base personnel. One thing I notice all the time is that they are either retiring as soon as they can, or are leaving without a retirement, because of the downturn in discipline and morale.
One Petty Officer told me that his relief on watch was three hours late. His Chief asked him not to write it in his report because then the person would have to be put on report, and since it was a black female, the Chief would have his butt reamed by the C.O. for not being more considerate. . .
Here are a few more [examples of what happens today in the military] for you.
"Ma'am do you think when the time comes that you have to pull the trigger going into an LZ you are going to be able to do it?" "Oh no, I could never kill anyone. Since I had my baby my whole outlook has changed." Then why are you here? "I just thought it would be something fun to do."
"Ma'am, could you tell me the definition of this term in aviation." Her reply "Who gives a shit?" The same female student was caught reading a novel when she was supposed to be studying for her checkride. "You're damn right I was reading a novel, I'd have been bored to death otherwise" She busted several checkrides but she is out there occupying a seat today.
"LT, do you understand the Colonel has given a direct order prohibiting you from driving your POV to the flight line?" "So, what's he going to do, keep me after school?"
How about the LT that broke into the Post Golf Courses Pro Shop and stole a golf bag? He cut himself badly when he busted out the window so the MP's checked the hospital on post and caught him. He still is in flight school.
Then there were the two female flight students who were caught red handed shoplifting at the PX and were allowed to finish flight school.
You will love this one. If a student falls asleep during class we are not allowed to wake them up. We have to take their name and send it up through channels. We also are not allowed to say anything about them being late for class, again we have to take their name and send it up through the chain of command and you know how effective that is.
You are right on the money when you say don't let your son join!!!!
Your most recent article on gender crap... I mean gap, in the military reminded me of the most ridiculous thing I ever saw in my almost 20 years in this business. It was in the Stars and Stripes last year. I was stationed south of Seoul when I read about this MP outfit in Korea that had a... I think it was called a Sympathy Belt? Anyway it was a device that was strapped on to the abdomen of the user... in this case a male captain, 0-3, the unit commander, to simulate a pregnancy late in the third trimester. The idiot looked absolutely moronic in his Maternity Battle Dress Uniform (yes, we have 'em...) The idea is to develop appreciation for what his knocked up soldiers (ugh) are experiencing.
This was part of the mandatory CO2 (Consideration of Others) training required along with our Violence in the Workplace prevention training.... honest to God... in the g.d. Army!! Prevention of Violence in the military.... kinda like Prevention of Sports in the Stadium....
I agree with your opinion about women in the military. But I don't think your proposal for a 'force-march' is necessary to resolve this issue. Every time we conduct a brigade run during PT your point is made. The women in the formations drop out in droves.
I don't understand why these women can't keep up. You would think that an exercise like running would be an equalizer between the sexes, but it's obviously not. It goes back to want you've said about lowered standards coupled with a hesitancy on the part of the chain-of-command to enforce even these sorry standards out of fear with getting slapped with an EO complaint, which in turn can be career ending. The whole situation is rather pathetic.
Keep telling it like it is.