More evidence the push for female infantry is a failure

Miranda Devine has written an article for the Daily Telegraph today that further highlights the insanity of Defence’s push for females in combat roles:

Of 70 women who applied for Infantry Corps, just 40 progressed to training. Of those 40, just 11 have graduated, seven into the Regular Army.

That’s a drop out rate about four times the male rate.

Anecdotally, what you hear is that women are “breaking” during recruit training, which includes running up hills carrying 40-60kg packs, the typical load for Afghanistan, and casualty rescue exercises dragging an 80kg mannequin 50m.

Officially, says Defence media: “women moving through infantry training are more likely to be injured than their male counterparts.”

No kidding. US Marine Corps studies show a cumulative injury incidence of 80 per cent for females in basic training.

Can someone explain how “breaking” women advances the feminist cause? More to the point, how does it enhance our war fighting capability?

The Chief of Army will today give a speech, of all things, on domestic violence against women.

Ironically, it seems the organisation he leads has no problems breaking women at all…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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  1. Yep & the next trick will be to lighten the packs to 10Kg, running on the flat, dragging a 40Kg mannequin 30 metres. Problem solved !

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  2. When 15 women can field a rugby union team that can beat the All Blacks, then call me. I will come to their march out parade at infantry centre.

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