My View On Women In Special Forces

William Wilson ThinkingI’m a Navy man. And I know a thing or two about covert ops as well. When I first heard that the military is considering allowing women to join the Army Rangers in 2015, and the Navy SEALs in 2016, I almost passed out. There are certain things I would have bet I’d never see in my lifetime; a real life mermaid, a gay Pope, a black head coach at the University of Alabama, and a female special forces operator. Admittedly my initial, visceral, response was of complete disapproval. Then I thought to myself, let me get some more information before I form an opinion.  After reading the article. I was absolutely furious. Let me explain why.

I don’t have a problem with women being special forces operators. I really don’t. I just want them to follow the same standards that the men had to follow. Nothing more, nothing less. But they aren’t. The military wants to lower the standards. The standards are there for a reason. Every time an operator leaves his home, he is putting his life in the hands of his team. He has the trust that his teammates can fulfill the strenuous, rugged, and demanding requirements necessary to complete the mission. This may require carrying the dead body of your teammate for miles in order to make sure he gets home, and receives the hero’s burial he deserves. The physiological and mental demands placed on our special operations personal is the most grueling on the planet. Millions of lives depend on each person doing their jobs fully, and without error. Here are 3 reasons I have a problem with the manner in which this is happening.

1. These high standards have allowed our special forces operators to be the best in the world; second to none. They don’t follow the standard. They are the standard. These standards should not be lowered to allow ANYONE entry; regardless of age, race, sex or religion. If they cannot meet the standards, they can’t join. Simple as that.

2. Thousands of men have “washed out” or “rang the bell” that couldn’t meet the required standard. That cost them their chance at their dreams. It’s quite possible that the new standard would have allowed them to make it. What about them? Where’s the fairness in that?

3. It’s about as sexist a move as you can make. It’s basically saying “You aren’t good enough to be a part of us now. So let us lower the bar so you can backdoor your way in.” That is unfair to the men AND the women.

4. To me, this is THE MOST IMPORTANT. It greatly jeopardizes mission readiness. It forms teams of the highest performers and the lower performers to do a job that requires each person to be the very best. Without exception. It’s the equivalent of playing your second string in the Super Bowl against the opponents first string. The enemy isn’t becoming less dangerous. They are more dangerous. We can’t allow our special forces to become weaker in order to “appear fair”. Putting the lives of men and women in jeopardy in the name of fairness, by lowering the standards in order to make them fair, by definition is UNFAIR itself.  If the military wants to concern itself with being fair, start by allowing women to opportunity to report sexual assaults without fear of repercussion. Prosecute the sick, lower than scum, dirtbag perverts that prey on them for their own pleasure. Get rid of the “good ole boy” system and create an environment where everyone feels safe and protected, by all times.

If a female can meet the existing standards to become a part of our special forces units, so be it. Let her try. Don’t discriminate against her. She’s an American citizen, and she has the right to be anything in life she wants to be. If she can meet the physical and mental requirements that have existed for decades, and have made our special forces the most respected and feared in the world, then, by all means, LET HER IN! She deserves it. She’s earned it. She deserves to be looked at in the same high regard as the men that came before her. She deserves to walk down the street with her head high because she has done what less that 1%, of 1%, of 1% of America was able to do. Lowering the standard for her not only disrespects every special forces operator that preceded her, but it disrespects her as well. She doesn’t deserve to be treated like there should be an asterisk by her name. She deserves to be treated with all the honors due to her exemplary accomplishment. Right is right. Until next time…… GO NAVY!!

God bless and dress well,

William Wilson, CEO

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