Diversity ka-ching

If you are struggling to understand why Defence continually does stupid things (like banning Spartan symbols), I have some news that will help to enlighten you.

But it may not make you feel any better either.

Defence has paid just a tick under $4 million since 2012 to a feminist academic for ‘cultural change’ advice, including a whopping $817,960 for consultancy work on the next iteration of Pathways to Change (that’s the knife-in-the-eyeball policy document that basically says Defence should sack everyone who isn’t PC in the name of diversity).

Samantha Crompvoets

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Since 2012, Samantha Crompvoets has hit the jackpot, winning 19 contracts for social research, cultural studies, research services, organisational psychology and cultural reviews.

I am not sure why Defence would put itself through this pain when pretty much everything else in this world would be better, including NBC training in the full gear on a hot summer’s day.

But not only has it inflicted the worst form of torture upon itself (and there is absolutely nothing worse than wading through cultural research studies from a feminist academic) but it has paid up big for the privilege of enduring this agony.

And now the top brass are taking advice from a person who runs a business (that men don’t want to join) about how they should run the military (which is overwhelmingly male).

Go figure.

To make it worse, I’m happy to admit that some of the stuff that Crompvoets writes actually makes sense. But the conclusions that result from her research defy all logic.

For instance, Crompvoet’s research and writings demonstrate that:

  • Male Defence members are less likely to request flexible or part-time work than females (meaning they are more likely to be able to deploy at short notice);
  • Very few females are interested in working in front-line combat roles;
  • Females have difficulties meeting Defence fitness standards after child birth and need more time to reach those standards than Defence policies dictate;
  • Females are at greater risk of injury and even face loss of fertility caused by military activities and load carriage; and
  • Females may face lasting and unknown health risks as a result of military service and that there are gaps in understanding these issues.

Yet the recommendations from Crompvoet’s research includes such inanities as applying a ‘gender lens’ (whatever that may be) to all Defence and Veterans Affairs products and making diversity publications more accessible to Defence members (ironic really considering The Australian reported last year that Defence would not release Crompvoet’s work because it might prompt ‘public speculation’).

Maddeningly, despite the problems identified above in ‘cultural change’ ‘research’, Defence continues to falsely claim that opening up front-line combat roles for women will increase capability.

What a waste of $4 million.

And it’s been given to someone whose own work blog has an article admitting that diversity often leads to problems with group cohesion, linking to a study which states:

However, consistent with social categorization and similarity/attraction theories, the preponderance of empirical evidence suggests that diversity is most likely to impede group functioning. Unless steps are taken to actively counteract these effects, the evidence suggests that, by itself, diversity is more likely to have negative than positive effects on group performance.

Human conflict, or war, is proof that diversity does not work. You’d have thought Defence might have learnt that lesson after a century of fighting in which more than 100,000 Australians died keeping some very diverse people and ideas out of this nation.

So you can add blood to the wasted treasure thrown away by the PC loonies running the military…

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. The generals in charge of our Army and Defence forces would do well to watch and learn from Dr Jordan Peterson, a Canadian Professor of Psychology, about the philosophies of the LGBT and their neo-marxist supporters. They may learn something from him that will open their eyes to the fact that they do not run the Defence Force, that role has been taken over by stealth and subterfuge using left-wing propaganda and misinformation.
    Our great generals of the past, Allenby, Montgomery,Monash and the like would be aghast at the current situation within our forces and the directions that they are heading.

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  2. As reported by the ANAO the ADF looses $800m of material in Timor and has yet to redress this issue.

    However,in the meantime the ADF spends $4m on Diversity.

    An effective and efficient logistics system is a key enabler for any Defence organisation.

    So, where do the ADF’s priorities lie?

    Sustaining what we have or being distracted by initiatives like diversity?

    The ADF needs to set goals and measures for their programs and projects. Key stakeholders such as Australian citizens and indeed ADF members, and taxpayers can then be assured of the value and competence of the ADF to perform their role.

    As for diversity itself, I think this is forcing change by populist ideals rather than change being lead to achieve operational goals.

    My husband had a long and successful career in the RAN including months at sea with very competent female crew members and has professional respect for them.

    It is unfortunate that those male and female (yes I still recognise gender) of the RAN, Army and RAAF must now recognise that their careers are in jeapody if they do not comply with this policy that appears to kow tow to a populous policy of appeasement disguised as inclusiveness.

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  3. Dear God! Please save us. Our Armed forces, clearly, will not be able to.

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  4. This is a sickening waste of money & hopelessly destructive exercise by an Intellectual Moron. Defence is run by a fugly lesbian with the all the charm of a Rottweiler so no wonder why we tax payers have to endure this Feminist garbage to its logical & disastrous end.

    The new & past CDF’s are willing participants in this seemingly endless parade of Horror & no doubt if General Campbell thought he could get a gong leading his troops in the next Mardi Gras or ANZAC Day parade dressed as DR Frankfurter – he would gladly do so.

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  5. Someone needs to give “Care Bear” Campbell and the rest of his rainbow, PC senior sir mates a dictionary so that they can actually read and understand what “diversity” means.

    And they will be astonished to discover that “diversity” does NOT mean “Total, rigid conformity to PC rainbow outcomes, dictates, mandates and directives – OR ELSE!”

    PS – The old, horribly-clichéd PC hack expression “Our Strength lies in our Diversity!” is one of the most tiresome, nauseating and downright cringe-worthy utterances one can ever hear.

    Particularly when the mouth from which this puerile dribble is ejaculated belongs to that wide-eyed idiot clown who claims to be the PM of long-suffering Canada.

    Or our own resident village idiots Turnbull, Shorten and whoever that vacuous, bottom-of-the-garden-fairy is that heads the Greens.

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  6. All those 5 findings that you noted were well known and did not need an expensive study. This is just another case of finding someone compliant who will write a report with answers you want. Of course no one would ever do a study about what we the people want from our Defence Force.

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  7. Diversity = division . You go to the US, you become a citizen, you’re American ! Full stop. The Americans have it better in this case.

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    • What on earth are you talking about ????? You clearly have never seen a ghetto.

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