(CNN)The only female officer enrolled in the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer's Course has dropped out after failing to complete two conditioning hikes last month, according to the Marine Corps' Training and Education Command.Please note that the spokesman made it clear that 33 men have dropped from the course, as well. Combat infantry training is not for the faint of heart, particularly for officers, who must be able to perform all of the physical feats that their men do while also having the mental ability to lead their unit and keep their men alive and functioning properly as a unit. It is physically and mentally grueling, and not everyone is cut out for it. Physically, I doubt there are very many women who are suited, and it is not at all clear to me that any physically suited women are mentally suited or even interested in trying. Entering this field requires a certain combination of can and want-to. Most folks don't have both.
"At this time, there are no female officers enrolled or slated to attend (the Infantry Officer's Course)," Marine spokesman Capt. Joshua Pena told CNN.
He added that 33 additional officers have been dropped from the course out of a starting class comprising 97 officers. The course started on July 6 and is scheduled to finish on September 20.
Why the Department of Defense is pushing this initiative defies logic. I know why they are doing it -- - Emperor Barry wants it, just as he wants to shove transgender bathrooms in public schools and federal offices down our throats, biology be damned. But that does not mean it makes any logical sense. The military is not society. Regardless of what you think society should embrace, the military has a purpose: to kill people and break things. The capability to kill people and break things is largely inconsistent with Social Justice Warrior goals for society. And yeah, Emperor Barry shares the SJW goals.
And he obviously hates the military. Or maybe he just hates its purpose -- the aforementioned killing people and breaking things. Because his administration has done its level best to undermine those functions, both by cutting funding and by attempting to force the military into embracing "societal goals" -- or at least those societal goals that matter to Emperor Barry. Thus, he has driven the effort to force the military to accept gays in all roles (actually not a problem, from all accounts), to not only allow transgender service members but to force the military to fund any operations, etc. that might be required for those people to complete their transition, and to allow women in every possible combat role, regardless of how physically unsuited they might be.
The Marines have stood alone in attempting to oppose this effort, at least as far as allowing unsuited individuals into combat roles. The Marines have declined to lower the physical standards they require of anyone seeking a combat role. They have conducted live-exercise studies and found that co-ed units don't perform as well as all-male units. They are trying very hard to be what they always have been -- the branch of the military that, when the nation needs someone to kill people and break things tomorrow, is ready to do so. Despite the administration's best efforts, the Marines seem to be standing by the ethos reflected in one of my favorite bumper stickers:
The U.S. Marines: When it absolutely, positively has be be destroyed overnight.I'm sorry the woman officer flunked out of the infantry' officer's course. I'm not sorry the Marines let her.