According to published reports, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signed off on allowing women to serve aboard United States Navy submarines. What could possibly go wrong?
“This is fundamentally a Navy initiative, which they recently briefed to the secretary of defense. (Gates) supports it and he notified Congress of the Navy’s plans,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said.
For the record, AW1 Tim loves women. I had a mother, 5 sisters, a wife and two daughters. I would, however, still disapprove of them serving aboard submarines. The problem has nothing to do with competence, and everything to do with close quarters and hormones. Imagine having to share a single bed (literally: aboard submarines and some smaller surface vessels, enlisted crewmen share bunks in a practice known as hot-bunking) in an already-cramped berthing compartment. Space is already at a premium, and the effort, both physically and financially ro provide for separate accommodations, plus shower and head facilities goes right off the charts.
The US Navy thinks that it can ameliorate the problems, at least initially, by assigning the women to Boomers, and ensuring that they are all officers. Officers and CPO’s have separate compartments, so some of the problems will be initially taken care of. However, it will also deprive male officers, already in the system towards becoming submarine officers, of billets and may impinge on their career paths.
The overall problem the Navy faces, however, is with the cancer of “Diversity”. Leadership has become enthralled with the failed policies of diversity and through forced implementation, is destroying the morale and fighting edge of the Navy. The Diversity officers found in every command are rapidly becoming the new Zampolits, and woe be unto anyone who falls afoul of their diktats.
It isn’t about race or sex or anything else. No one in today’s modern military gives a damn about such things. Rather, the Diversity Industry is forcing it’s failed policies in places where they are not needed, nor desired. The only thing that our Navy ought to be concerned with when it is looking for recruits is this : “Bring in the best and the brightest”. If it results in a fleet that is entirely female and black, then so be it. However, to mandate racial & gender quotas is the worst form of descrimination, and, frankly, is illegal, though no one in DoD seems to grasp that.
Well, enough. Our Navy is at war, and rather than trimming up the fleet and training for war, we are engaged in silly political actions designed to appease the Diversity Bullies in Millington. In a just world, that entire command would be defunded, turned out, and every man-jack of them sent to sea for an extended tour.
Oh… Operation Petticoat. Those of a certain age will remember it. I do. 🙂