Monday, September 14, 2015

SgtMajor Lehew comes out swinging on the females in the Infantry debate.

Thanks to William for the link!

Good God.  This is the kinda integrity, grit and courage I've been calling for but....just plain wow.  The incoming that this Marine is about to receive is gonna make combat look like the good ole' days.  A few tidbits from his letter to the editor...
Ok, been silent long enough on this. I have been a part of this process from the beginning and I am just going to put it out there. The Secretary of the Navy is way off base on this and to say the things he is saying is is flat out counter to the interests of national security and is unfair to the women who participated in this study. We selected our best women for this test unit, selected our most mature female leaders as well. The men (me included) were the most progressive and open minded that you could get. The commander of this unit was a seasoned and successful infantryman. The XO of this unit was as good as they get, so good the USMC made her the CO of the Officer candidate school.
Right off the bat he body slams the issue about "substandard" personnel participating in this study.  I figured as much because the leadership of the Corps at the time (Amos) desperately wanted this to succeed.  But it gets better...
This was as stacked as a unit could get with the best Marines to give it a 100 percent success rate as we possibly could. End result? The best women in The GCEITF as a group in regard to infantry operations were equal or below in most all cases to the lowest 5 percent of men as a group in this test study. They are slower on all accounts in almost every technical and tactical aspect and physically weaker in every aspect across the range of military operations. SECNAV has stated that he has made his mind up even before the release of these results and that the USMC test unit will not change his mind on anything.
I have never seen this before.  Its part of the creed to call bullshit on bullshit leadership but SgtMajor Lehew put the SecNav in his sights and from my chair he hit a bullseye.  Don't leave.  It gets better still...
Make no mistake. In this realm, you want your fastest, most fit, most physical and most lethal person you can possibly put on the battlefield to overwhelm the enemy's ability to counter what you are throwing at them and in every test case, that person has turned out to be a man. There is nothing gender biased about this, it is what it is.
Read it all here.

I don't know how to contact SgtMajor Lehew, but send a prayer, good vibes...whatever your belief system allows his way.  The fire he's going to receive is gonna be intense and he's gonna need a "band of brothers" backing him up.

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