Defence keeps leading with its chin. And Defence keeps being whacked.
From today’s Daily Telegraph:
AUSTRALIA’S Chief of Army told recruiters to study women’s shopping habits to better understand how to attract them to frontline combat roles.
The extraordinary advice came as part of a politically correct recruitment revolution that led to a ban on men being hired for military roles while female recruits are pushed to the front of the queue.
Lieutenant General Angus Campbell told recruiters in Canberra last year they could learn from a Canadian study called Men Buy, Women Shop.
We are fighting the Islamic State and facing an increasingly uncertain situation in North Korea. Yet our military hierarchy is modelling Defence on the inscrutable ways of the female mind whilst shopping.
Will this madness ever end? Will all soldiers soon be required to follow former Chief of Army, David Morrison, and wear high heels in public?
Defence might as well start issuing the handbags out now.
I previously wrote about Campbell’s crazy speeches to recruiters in February. As I said at the time, they represent insanity.
Perhaps the most damning aspect of them was that Campbell himself admitted that the PC push to recruit women was failing so badly that it was likely to actually result in less women in the military:
“We only met 60% of our ARA general enlistment target for women. We also did poorly in officer entry. We only hit 67% of our target overall, and 55% and 10% for women and Indigenous candidates respectively. Not hitting anywhere near our targets for ARA women means that not only are we not on path to 25%. In fact, the actual percentage of women in the force in being is likely to decline.”
But still the push continues.
In a speech for International Women’s Day, Campbell made this very interesting observation:
“The representation of women in our full time force is still only 12.7% and it’s not enough. But 18% of our commanding officers are women.”
If Campbell actually thought about what he said, and if he actually believed in merit, he could reasonably come to the conclusion that women perform better than men and are accordingly promoted to the higher ranks at a rate 50% higher than there statistical numbers.
But it is clear that this is not about capability. It is about ticking the PC boxes, which is why he was talking about quotas and targets for a gender representation.
The guys I graduated Duntroon with are now lining up to become unit commanders. Many of them are very good operators. And some of them will miss out on this very important career posting because they are male.
Females are being promoted ahead of males in the Army. And I don’t mean in a general sense. I mean in the most specific sense possible.
They are getting the better jobs because of their gender.
And this is not something hidden.
Defence personnel are now explained on career progression courses that where two candidates for promotion rank similarly, gender will be taken into consideration. What ‘similarly’ means is always open to interpretation.
Warfare is probably the most uncivilised thing humans can engage in. However, in the Australian Army it is now ladies before gentleman onto the battlefield.
Oh, and one tidbit of information that filtered my way yesterday.
Apparently 50 females have graduated into the infantry since it was opened up to them a couple of years ago. According to the grapevine, already 40 of them have been, or are in the process of being discharged or corps transferred due to injuries suffered trying to keep up with the blokes.
I have not been able to confirm if this is true. But I am digging…