Not long after I enlisted into the Army, the draft ended. We became an all volunteer force. Many people who might have served time in the Armed Forces, never would again. Army Reserve and National Guard units would no longer be the place where professional athletes, the other wealthy and the sons of politicians spent their service time. There would be no more need for phony deferments that were simply not available to the typically drafted poor or middle-class male. For women, it was always a volunteer proposition. Not long after we became an all volunteer force, the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) was disbanded and the women were integrated into the regular Army although not fully into all branches. They were excluded from the Combat Arms.
By law, women were never required register for a possible draft with the Selective Service because they were, according to a Supreme Court decision, excluded from direct combat roles and the purpose of the draft was to provide men for combat. The Supreme Court obviously did not understand that drafted men served in all branches of the Army. If we follow logically, 18 year old women should move out promptly to their local selective service office and make themselves available for the draft.
I suppose I am trapped in a time when the differences between women and men were distinct. John McCain said he would be proud to see his daughter serve in combat. No one asked him how he would feel about her being tortured for years as a prisoner of war in the Hanoi Hilton.
I want to make my position clear. I believe anyone who wants to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America should be allowed to give it a try. I believe that they should be allowed to serve in any branch of the services. What I can never support is changing standards to accommodate those who might not have otherwise qualified and using it to press forward an agenda that has nothing to do with the opportunity to serve. Service in the Armed Forces is not a Constitutional right.
I have a rather cynical world view these days. I believe decisions such as the one to allow women into direct combat roles is to smooth the path way for Hillary -at this point what difference does it make – Clinton to be Commander-in-Chief. Nothing ever turns out to be for the stated purpose. It is most certainly not so that women can have the opportunity to die in direct ground combat. I served a long career in Army combat support units and served with many women. Like men, some were spectacular, some were just average, some were mediocre and some were abject failures at life and at service. I do not recall very many, at least enlisted women, being angry that they were not allowed into the Infantry. A woman in a direct combat role is just another item that has long been on the liberal social engineering shopping list for the military. Like open homosexual service, it most certainly is not about service.
In 2010, I wrote about don’t ask, don’t tell.
Homosexuals openly serving in the military will kick the door wide open to societal acceptance of homosexual behavior as a norm. Homosexual partners will become military dependents, entitled to all of the benefits associated with being a military family member. Homosexual marriage will no longer be an issue. Repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell will make it a non issue. How could it be otherwise? One of our nation’s most trusted institutions does not do anything with half-steps. Using the same energy with which Equal Opportunity and Equal Rights laws and policies are supported and enforced (as they should be), the military will be the leader in bringing us Gay Culture and Gay History Month celebrations and gay affirmative action. There is no sarcasm in that statement. The military will lead the way toward making homosexual behavior normal and acceptable to the greater society and will be pointed toward as the example of how homosexuality should be accepted by everyone. The society, which holds its military in high esteem, will follow their lead.
There have already been homosexual weddings held in Army chapels and Leon Panetta just extended dependent benefits to homosexual partners. It did not require a prophet to see that coming.
Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. – American Forces Press Service
Open homosexual service is not about service just as homosexual marriage is not about marriage. It is about whether or not American society is ready to accept homosexuality as normal and therefore make homosexuals a protected minority class. The military and marriage are institutions that stand between acceptance and rejection of homosexual behavior as normal. For homosexuality to be generally accepted, these two institutions must be dismantled. They must accept homosexuality as normal.
In the same sense, combat roles for women are not about opportunities for women.
Is American society now ready to accept the real possibility that their daughters will become conscripts for combat roles just to satisfy what may be the last opportunity for a minority of liberal progressives to impose their ideology on the rest of America? Maybe Ellen can make recruiting commercials.
In good conscience, I do not know if I could presently suggest military service to a young man or woman. That saddens me greatly. The Army has been my extended family for most of my life. Army Chaplains are instructed to stand against their faith and not speak out about homosexuality. They are told when giving invocations at events not to pray in the name of Jesus. Men and women now serving are told to embrace homosexuality or leave the service. We are moving dangerously close to gender-norming our direct combat specialties. We continue the dismantling of our military and the destruction of its warrior culture.
The draft will necessarily return to America. The dismantling of the greatest professional military ever assembled will be complete. Utopia achieved.