Friday, September 14, 2018

Women in the infantry? Genius!

This is actually a sad story. One of those spectacular clusterfucks we've come to expect from the military.

Remedios Cruz joined the Marine Corps in 2013 as a supply clerk. One year later, she completed infantry training, and in 2017, made history when she became one of three females to join 1st Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Now, Cruz is awaiting separation from the Marine Corps after pleading guilty to maintaining a romantic relationship with a subordinate. Cruz, 26, eventually married the person, who was a lower-ranking Marine in her unit, according The New York Times.

When you take 19 year olds and put them through the wringer, like they do in the Marines, the normal ones form bonds. That's how its supposed to be. These are not warrior monks, sworn to celibacy and poverty for life, for the the greater glory of the Almighty. These are soldiers. They become brothers. Sometimes more strongly than with their own family. (Mileage varies on this of course, but that's the idea they're trying to get to.)
When you put women in there, they still form bonds. But these are boy/girl bonds, and that means family. Despite any order or policy, despite surveillance and even jail, they are going to pair up. Because that is what healthy, normal males and females do under pressure. You don't have to look far to see them doing it, the local high school is an object lesson.
Ms. Cruz was set up to fail by an insane ideology that ignores history, tradition and science to pretend men and women are the same. To pretend you can treat them like identical cogs in a big military machine, and it will all roll along the same as an all-male force.
But they're not, and you can't.

I feel I should add that the Marine Corps has probably lost a fine soldier here, and that legally pursuing her for getting married is as much bullshit as sticking her in the infantry in the first place. Absolutely typical of the peace-time military, and the reason I'm not in it. Capricious application of odious regulations, for the furtherance of some incompetent officer's career. REMF Politics. [spit]
The Phantom

1 comment:

Doctor Weasel said...

They have to pursue her. She's breaking unit cohesion by a relationship with a subordinate. She's introducing favoritism. The fact that it's normal for humans and almost guaranteed to happen doesn't change that a bit.