Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Nearly Half of Female Soldiers Still Failing New Army Fitness Test, While Males Pass Easily

From the patterns that I have observed, it seems to me that more is going on here than mere capitulation to political fads. It looks like they are deliberately trying to push people out of the armed forces that are not likely to be ideologically loyal (e.g. southern white males) to the “new regime,” and eventually have an army that is ideologically and personally loyal to the state, but is comprised of incompetent morons who are really just a glorified soccer team rather than an army, albeit one that keeps defense contractor profits coming in.

Meanwhile, in foreign policy, they seem to be gradually outsourcing “imperial functions” to client states, allies, proxy armies, etc. For instance, farming out the Syrian war to Erdogan, trying to reestablish the Cold War-era alliance with the Taliban, strengthening the Sunni-Israeli alliance in the Middle East and North Africa, making greater use of Japan’s navy, etc. I’ve noticed many such patterns in recent years. It’s almost like they want to gut the US military and simply use foreign forces as de facto mercenaries instead. That’s more or less what Rome did in its later period.

The Vietnam War had the effect of souring Americans on foreign military expeditions to the point that it made the draft politically impossible, and Americans unwilling to accept war if it means any sacrifices on their own side (high casualties, special war taxes, rationing of goods like fuel, etc.). So the system moved toward relying on a professional military and financing war with debt instead. Now, after the debacles of the past 20 years, most Americans won’t accept even that. The system is increasingly relying on mercenaries and foreign clients, along with elite fighters like the Special Forces.

By Steve Beynon, Military.Com

More than seven months after the official launch of the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, nearly half of female soldiers are still falling short, with enlisted women struggling the most, Military.com has learned. The data again raises questions about whether the Army‘s attempt to create a fitter force is creating more barriers to success for women.

Internal Army figures from April show 44% of women failed the ACFT, compared to 7% of men since Oct. 1. “Female soldiers continue to lag male soldier scores in all events,” according to a United States Army Forces Command briefing obtained by Military.com.

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    • That’s not what I meant. I meant that the military culture is being altered in a way that reflects present-day ruling class norms (or pretend norms) but is alienating to many of the cultural groups that have traditionally been inclined to join the military. Many current and present service members have complained in my conversations with them about sexual harassment training, sensitivity training, etc. i.e the same stuff that is becoming normalized in institutions everywhere. Whether that’s good or bad is a separate question, but “cultural conservative” types are less likely to want to join or remain in the service because of it.

      • The sexual harassment training goes back 30 years — I was still in the Marine Corps when that got started, after the Tailhook scandal.

        The military always reflects the ruling class’s values, at least at the officer level. At the enlisted level, no matter how deep the BS gets, it’s still going to attract those of us who like the idea of blowing shit up, etc., and either attract or draft those of us on the lower end of the income / job security scale.

        Yes, us enlisted types will bellyache about all the feel-good busywork. But if that wasn’t there, we’d find something else to bellyache about.

      • What I suspect will happen is that the military will continue to lower standards in order to be inclusive, but in a way that alienates socially/culturally conservative types that are often inclined toward military service, or those who simply prefer traditional military life. Therefore, those demographics will be less like to join the military. Over time, the military will become more diverse, but less well-trained, physically fit, etc. Meanwhile, the state will rely less on rank and rile military and elite special force units, technology like drones, mercenaries like Erik Prince’s minions, foreign armies (both state and non-state, etc.). As this transition is made rank and file military will be more like the cops in terms of training and competence. At least it looks like that’s the way things are going.

  1. As a transition is made the UN Military will take over -slowly or overnight – depending on how little or how much the American people resist ‘n how,,,, there will be few ‘beautiful’ American Military staying within the ‘confines’ of worship of guarding the Elites ‘n families – lower grade will enjoy badgering ‘n punishing the few whites that ‘r left here,,,, thus the wealthy ‘r buying islands , etc. to lessen contact with the few peons after the battle,,, no matter what color is left-.- so much for the “border-less” world we will be living in !

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