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    Uncle Ferd says he'd like to draft him a woman...

    House Panel Approves Measure to Require Women to Register for Draft
    Apr 28, 2016 | The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday approved by a narrow margin an amendment to a defense bill to require women to register for the draft.
    Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California, proposed the amendment to lift the restriction on women registering for the selective service at a committee-wide mark-up session of the proposed fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. "Here is why I think this is important; it doesn't matter in this debate whether you think women should be in the infantry or be in special operations," Hunter said during the session on Wednesday night. "I personally don't. If we had that vote in committee today I would vote against women being in infantry and special operations. "But this is not about women serving in the infantry. The administration has made that decision unilaterally disregarding what the Marine Corps and special operations communities have said. But that's not what this is about. Right now the draft is sexist. Right now the draft only drafts young men. Women are excluded."

    Hunter went on to explain that his generation has not seen the kind of warfare that requires a draft. "We have not been in Vietnam or Korea, or World War II, where you have thousands of people a day dying, where you have massed artillery fires, where you have massed tank units rolling through people's lines we have not seen that," Hunter said. "That is what a draft is for," he added. "A draft is because people started dying in the infantry and you need more bodies in infantry, that is what a draft if for. The administration would like to make this decision on its own. I think we should make this decision." Hunter, who requested a roll-call vote on the measure, ended up voting against his own amendment. The amendment passed 32 votes to 30 votes, with strong support from female committee members.


    Ranger candidates, burdened with heavy packs and weapons, hike up a trail during the Mountain Phase of the traditionally all-male infantry course.

    The proposal prompted several lawmakers to weigh in on the issue. Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas, made point in saying the president will not decide on the selective service. "The only ones who can decide this are us because it is in law or the courts, and there is a court case that is ongoing through the process that challenges selective service being male-only," he said. "We have a study that requires the defense department to come back to us about the selective service system about what the benefits are, about what the alternatives may be so that we have a fuller picture of the draft and what it would mean to keep it or to do away with it or to include females in it," he added.

    Thornberry said he wanted to wait for the study, follow the court case and explore all the issues. Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, thanked Hunter for proposing the amendment. "I actually support universal conscription; I actually think if we want equality in this, if we want women to be treated precisely like men are treated and that they should not be discriminated against, we should be willing to support a universal conscription," she said.

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    Female Ranger School Grad Makes History Again, Joins the Infantry
    Apr 27, 2016 | WASHINGTON -- One of the first female soldiers to earn the coveted Ranger Tab last summer has now become the Army's first woman in the infantry.
    Capt. Kristen Griest, a West Point graduate who last August completed several grueling months of Ranger School, was approved Monday to transfer from the Army's military police branch into the infantry, said Lt. Col. Jerry Pionk, a spokesman for the service. She is attending the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning, Ga., which physically and mentally prepares infantry and armor officers to command front-line fighting companies. "Like any other officer wishing to branch-transfer, Capt. Griest applied for an exception to Army policy to transfer from military police to infantry," said Bob Purtiman, spokesman for the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning. "Her transfer was approved by the Department of the Army on April 25, and she is now an infantry officer."


    U.S. Army Capt. Kristen Griest of Orange, Connecticut, speaks with reporters Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Fort Benning, Ga., where she was scheduled to graduate Friday from Ranger School.

    Griest, 27, of Orange, Conn. had served as a military police officer and a deployment to Afghanistan since graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 2011. In April 2015, she was among 19 female soldiers approved to attend Ranger School as part of a pilot program to help the Army determine whether it could safely open front-line combat jobs to women. Griest alongside 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, an Apache pilot and fellow West Point graduate, made history in August when they became the Army's first women to complete Ranger School. Two months later, a third West Point graduate, Maj. Lisa Jaster, also completed the course. The Army permanently opened Ranger School to women in September, but no additional female soldiers have graduated, Purtiman said.

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter in December ordered all military jobs, including special operations, opened to women. His directive followed a 2013 Pentagon order that the military services open all positions to women by early 2016. The services conducted extensive studies to determine whether any jobs should remain closed to women. Only the Marine Corps asked Carter to keep some positions -- namely in the infantry and armor fields -- male-only, but the secretary declined the request. Griest's transfer into the infantry fits with the Army's established "leaders first" approach to integrating women into the traditionally all-male infantry. According to the Army's gender-integration plan that it submitted last month to Carter, Army leaders believe establishing female officers in the infantry and armor units before enlisted women join those branches will help ease the transition.

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    House Panel Seeks to Increase Army Ranks by 45,000 Soldiers
    Apr 27, 2016 | The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has introduced a defense bill that would increase the U.S. Army by 45,000 soldiers.
    Rep. Mac Thornberry's version of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Bill would provide money to add 20,000 soldiers to the active Army's end-strength, bringing it to 480,000. The bill would also add 15,000 to the National Guard and 10,000 to the Reserves, resulting in a Guard strength of 350,000 and a Reserve strength of 205,000. The panel was expected to approve the measure on Wednesday.

    Under the President Barack Obama's current proposed defense budget, the Army projects its end-strength to be at a total of 980,000 soldiers by fiscal 2018, including 450,000 for the active force, 335,000 for the Army National Guard and 195,000 for the Army Reserve. "The Chairman's Mark halts and begins to reverse the drawdown of military end strength, preserving the active duty Army at 480,000," according to summary of the proposed bill. The size of the Army has been a major concern among lawmakers, many of whom have stated that the active force is too small to deal with the growing number of threats facing the U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has testified that there is a "high-military risk" if the service continues to operate at its current size, but also told lawmakers that growing end-strength without additional funding would lead to a hollow force.


    Thornberry's revised budget earmarks just over $2 billion in additional funding for the troop increase, according to language in the bill. That's about $2.5 billion short of what the Army would need, according to Army senior leaders that have testified it will cost about $1 billion for every 10,000 soldiers. "Where possible, Chairman Thornberry's proposal cuts excessive or wasteful expenditures and rededicates those resources to urgent needs," according to the bill's summary. "Even with a vigorous re-prioritization of programs, the Committee was unable to make up essential shortages in the President's budget and simultaneously provide a full year of contingency funding. "The proposal is designed to restore strength to the force through readiness investments and agility through much needed reforms, while providing a more solid foundation for the next President to address actual national security needs," it states.

    The proposal also would increase the strength of the Marine Corps by 3,000 and the Air Force by 4,000. "Perhaps it is also true every year, that when it comes to overall spending levels for defense, we are presented with only difficult, imperfect options," Thornberry said in his opening remarks at Wednesday's committee-wide markup session within the House Armed Services Committee. "But, the bottom line for me this year is that it is fundamentally wrong to send service members out on missions for which they are not fully prepared or fully supported," he added. "For that reason, I think that it is essential that we begin to correct the funding shortfalls that have led to a lack of readiness and to a heightened level of risk that we have heard about in testimony and that some of us have also seen for ourselves." The bill, currently in its draft form, will have to be passed by both the House and the Senate. Obama could also choose to veto the bill after passage.

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    Black female admiral to command Naval Operations in Europe, African theaters...

    Navy's Highest-Ranking Female Officer to Command Europe, Africa
    May 20, 2016 | The Navy's highest-ranking female officer has been tapped to command naval forces in Europe and Africa.
    Adm. Michelle Howard was nominated by President Barack Obama to lead U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, the Naples-based command that oversees the warships, aircraft and sailors operating across the Atlantic and Mediterranean, the Defense Department announced Thursday. If approved by Congress, the nomination would mark another milestone in Howard's trailblazing career. She became the highest-ranking female officer in Navy history in 2014 after pinning her fourth star to become vice chief of naval operations. Howard was the first black female officer to command a ship, the amphibious warship USS Rushmore, in 1999.


    Adm. Michelle Howard, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, at the U.S. Navy Memorial.

    A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Howard has worked across the Navy's surface fleet. She has commanded an amphibious squadron and an expeditionary strike group, and in 2009 she led the multinational anti-piracy task force in the Gulf of Aden known as Combined Task Force 151. As vice chief of naval operations, Howard is the second-highest-ranking officer in the Navy and one of its chief advocates for new policies and priorities. A focus of her tenure has been improving the representation of women across the service.

    Howard would succeed Adm. Mark Ferguson in Naples, who is retiring. She would also assume command of one of NATO's operational headquarters, Joint Forces Command Naples, based in Lago Patria, just north of Naples. The Navy faces growing challenges across Europe, with heightened Russian naval patrols, a civil war in Syria that continues to unsettle the region and the spread of militant groups in North Africa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    And now for part two in the series.

    This part in the series discusses the statistics gathered in the various studies.
    I still say that is a ridiculous amount of weight . For God sakes, just hit the enemy with the back pack.

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    A couple of female marines are going into the infantry. Enlisted. No officer has passed the officer course yet.

    The first of more than 200 enlisted female Marines who have successfully completed training for combat jobs has requested to join the infantry, Marine Corps Times has learned.

    The Marine Corps has not released the woman’s name, but Marine Corps Times has learned she is a lance corporal who has applied for a lateral move into an infantry military occupational specialty.
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    That is not going to end well.

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    The PC brigade doesn't care about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cletus View Post
    That is not going to end well.
    20 bucks says she winds up broken, or as a squad bay $#@!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    This isn't going to end well.
    Its not, but the people who continue pushing this don't care. They look at the military as a social experimentation laboratory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donttread View Post
    I still say that is a ridiculous amount of weight . For God sakes, just hit the enemy with the back pack.
    It just astonishes me that with all the money we spend and technology we develop for fighting that soldiers are being reduced to glorified pack mules . I'm pretty damn sure my (at the time 130 lb., but tough as nail grandfather) didn't run around Europe in WW 1 , carrying packs heavier that he was.

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