**Previously recorded by Phyllis Schlafly // October 2015 **
The media have jumped at the opportunity to report that two women were able to complete the Army Rangers training school and graduate with full Ranger status. This comes after a mandate from the Pentagon for the Army to open all combat roles to women. The two women are the only to complete the course out of the 19 women who attempted it. Ranger schools are held 11 times per year, and have been actively encouraging female volunteers since the Pentagon mandate. Clearly, these two women are the exception, and not the rule.
Many people do not understand that the challenges these women and their male team members will face are only just beginning. Commander Richard Marcinko, founder of the famed SEAL Team 6 that killed Osama bin Laden, recognizes this. Marcinko has come out in opposition to women being allowed into Navy SEAL units. One reason he cites is that co-ed SEAL teams could confuse the combat decisions of leaders. He recognized that men have an inherent instinct to protect women, and that this could be a distraction from their missions.
Feminists like to arrogantly say that men should just “get over” that natural male instinct in the name of equality. However, they ignore the very reason why our military exists. We do not have a military to promote so-called “gender equality,” “women empowerment,” or any of the other buzz words that feminists throw around. The job of our military is to protect Americans and American interests, and to kill enemies who try to harm us. Having women in the Army Rangers or the Navy SEALS does not advance this goal and military leaders like Commander Marcinko know it and we thank him for saying this.