I wrote in December about how the Marines are actively pushing back against the political forces that are trying to get them to lower their standards. But they weren’t yet (as far as I know) speaking out against it.
Now, that seems to have changed. According to CNS News: “General Warns: Military Will Face ‘Great Pressure’ to Lower Standards for Women in Combat to Please ‘Agenda-Driven’ in D.C.”
Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, said at a Pentagon press briefing on Friday that he believes that future generals will face “great pressure” to lower the standards for women in combat in order to get more women into combat roles.
“My greatest fear—and we see this happen a lot over the 45 years I’ve been in the Armed Forces–is right now they’re saying we are not going to change any standards,” said Kelly. “There will be great pressure, whether it’s 12 months from now, four years from now, because the question will be asked whether we’ve let women into these other roles, why aren’t they staying in those other roles?
“Why aren’t they advancing as infantry people—persons–I guess? Why aren’t they becoming, you know, more senior?” he said. “And the answer is–I think will be–if we don’t change standards, it will be very, very difficult to have any numbers, any real numbers, come into the infantry, or the Rangers or the Seals, but that’s their business.”
He claimed that Generals weren’t being pressured yet but that future Generals might be. I’m not sure I believe that part.