The United States Marine Corps may be forced to lower the standards for their rigorous Infantry Officer Course, more commonly known as the IOC, in order to appease the Obama administration’s progressive-liberal politically correct agenda.
In what can only be called absolutely absurd political correctness Obama and his Democratic bureaucrats are proving they don’t care about military readiness and integrity but would rather jeopardize the entire military to advance his own personal agenda.
In 2013 Obama’s Pentagon appointees embarked on an effort to open direct land combat jobs to women, promote equality and increase diversity among its infantry officers. The military may be forced to lower the standards across all branches in response to pressure from Obama. The Marines are one of many branches that could be forced to lower the standards for some of their most coveted and respected positions. The IOC specifically could be targeted by these standard reductions.
A metaphorical can of worms was opened in 2013 when then Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Gen. Dempsey, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, announced they would be lifting the rule that prevented women from serving in direct ground combat. Infantry, special operations, artillery and armor roles would now be open to women serving in the military. Lifting the ban has fallen short of its goal of increasing the number of women in combat roles.
Despite there being no rules or regulations against women serving very few were able to pass the standardized physical requirements for the roles. Out of 29 enlisted women recently selected for the IOC zero completed the course.
The women selected for the test were part of a massive scientific study being performed by the U.S. military. The goal of the study is to evaluate female soldiers and the standards they must meet for specific roles. The study is set to conclude in January. At that time any position that seems to be too difficult to pass for female soldiers will have to prove why it’s standards are so high and will be asked to explain why it’s standards cannot be lowered. Gen. Dempsey released the following statement regarding the change:
“If we do decide that a particular standard is so high that a woman couldn’t make it, the burden is now on the service to come back and explain to the secretary, why is it that high? Does it really have to be that high?”
Any roles that wish to remain closed to women will be allowed to do so, on the condition that they can justify why their standards are so difficult. However, many service members are worried that this could create a slippery slope of ever decreasing standards. It has prompted fears that lowering standards to accommodate certain individuals could lead to an overall decline in our level of quality in the military and turn our special forces into not-so-special forces.
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