One of these things is NOT like the other.
Russian army ad vs US army ad
— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) May 19, 2021
Now just you go ahead and try to tell me that, should we ever be so foolish as to get ourselves into a military dustup with the Russkies—of any scale, scope, or intensity imaginable—we aren’t well, truly, and completely fucked. Those tough, all-business Russian soldiers would go through Cpl Fluffybutt, her two mommies, and each and every gender-puzzled dainty in their circle of acquaintance like shit through a goose, and never break a sweat doing it.
Don’t even bother asking if it gets worse, either. You already know it does.
Nearly Half of Female Soldiers Still Failing New Army Fitness Test, While Males Pass Easily
More than seven months after the official launch of the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, nearly half of female soldiers are still falling short, with enlisted women struggling the most, Military.com has learned. The data again raises questions about whether the Army’s attempt to create a fitter force is creating more barriers to success for women.
Internal Army figures from April show 44% of women failed the ACFT, compared to 7% of men since Oct. 1. “Female soldiers continue to lag male soldier scores in all events,” according to a United States Army Forces Command briefing obtained by Military.com.
The pass rate for women is up 12% from last year, yet enlisted women continue to struggle the most, with a 53% fail rate. Female officers have only a 23% fail rate, but that’s still significantly higher than the fail rate for men, enlisted or officer.
“The ACFT — as part of the Army’s overall physical readiness program — continues to evolve, reduce injuries and empower Soldiers to perform basic Soldier tasks,” a FORSCOM spokesman told Military.com in a statement Monday.
Oh, how I do love that “evolve” folderol. You’re “evolving” all right—from a military Force To Be Reckoned With into…well, into something entirely else.
“Reduce injuries” is a good one too, I think. As if “reducing injuries” ought to be an item of much importance in a program whose core mission used to be training American youth in the killing of people and the breaking of things. All this, mind, from some REMF PR flack in the employ of a once-respected, nay feared, war machine whose flinty-eyed, hardcase DIs used to swear by the maxim that “the more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.” Guess that one’s gone by the wayside and forgotten now, as so many other needful things have. Hell, Higher would probably toss any NCO overheard uttering the phrase straight into USDB Leavenworth these days, or cashier him outright for Crimes Against Diversity Which Is Our Strength Amen.
What a sad, pitiful joke we’ve become.
It’s a fine line, Mike.
Yes, people are going to get injured in training – especially in training for rough, dangerous, physical jobs and activity.
And, yes, injuring people in training is counter productive: training is designed to toughen people, sharpen skills, and harden spirits, but you can’t lose sight of the fact that it’s also designed to put trained bodies out in the field. The more people injured or killed in training, the fewer bodies you’re putting in the ranks out in the field.
The error they’ve made – deliberately, IMO – is in trying to make both standards and training a “one size fits all” for both male and female soldiers.
They can have an integrated military with training and standards that are designed and segregated around the fact that men and women are differnt, and they should be trained separately to standards that are designed for each…
They can have integrated training and standards that aren’t designed for either but instead for some mythical “norm” that pretends to work for both.
You don’t get both, and you can’t do both.
We can see which option they’ve chosen, and really, in today’s clime, they couldn’t choose otherwise.
So, yeah, the first time we meet a peer or near peer enemy on the field of battle, we’re going to have a lot of male soldiers ground up due to inadequate training, and a lot of dead little chickies because they were crammed into a job they were never capable of doing.
Don’t worry, though: if we’re lucky the Empire will break up before that happens.
Worst Empire ever. It benefits everyone but US.