Various branches of the U.S.
military, long steeped in tradition, are now making changes…to accommodate
For example, the U.S. Marine Corps is altering its uniform regulations. The
erstwhile “Leathernecks” are introducing new maternity clothes for pregnant
Marines. Other changes include an allowance of increased
hair length, the edging up of one's hairline, and additional manicure options
for female Marines. I guess this shouldn’t be too surprising since even the Navy SEALS have gone
Lt. Phillip Parker, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Training and Education
Command, recently told the Marine Corps Times the changes are intended to help
"positively impact diversity, equity and inclusion.”
In the Marines? Is this a good idea? Would femininity have aided the
Devil Dogs on Bataan or Corregidor in WWII? Should people of all
genders, ages and physical fitness levels be welcomed into the Corp? Should diversity,
equity and inclusion trump combat readiness and effectiveness and the ability
to protect and aide your fellow marine —and, if necessary—carry him off the
battlefield…dead or alive?
Not to be outdone, the U.S. Army has made significant
changes to its fitness program. The six-event Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)
will no longer be meant to prepare
soldiers for combat, but instead will simply serve as a general fitness
assessment. It will also have different scoring standards for
men and women across different age groups. Most of the standards will be
lowered, of course, after a congressionally mandated report from Rand Corp
found that nearly half of the service’s women could not pass earlier standards
for the test.
I’m not certain that lowering
standards to make it easier for “menstruators” and “birthing people” to serve
is a good idea. But it is abundantly clear that the Biden administration is
rapidly purging the military of “toxic masculinity,” and is hell-bent on
ridding it of competence, as well.
Startling changes such as these
make one wonder what is next, and just how far down the woke road the U.S.
military will travel before the wheels and tracks fall off.