Allen B. West

Congrats to the Army’s first female infantry officer; now here’s the BIG question…

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This kind of reminds me of the ending scene from the first Rocky movie when Sylvester Stallone yells out from the ring, “Yo Adrienne, I did it.” You’ll see what I mean…

As reported by Army Times, “Capt. Kristen Griest, one of the first women to earn the coveted Ranger tab, will once again make history by becoming the Army’s first female infantry officer.

Griest is expected to graduate from the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course on Thursday wearing the distinctive blue infantry cord, officials confirmed to Army Times.

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“Like any other officer wishing to branch-transfer, Capt. Griest applied for an exception to Army policy to transfer from military police to infantry,” said Bob Purtiman, a spokesman for the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, Georgia.

“Her transfer was approved by the Department of the Army [on Monday] and she’s now an infantry officer.”

More women are expected to follow in her footsteps; the Army earlier this month announced that it had approved requests from 22 female cadets to enter as second lieutenants in the infantry and armor branches. Thirteen of the new officers will enter into the armor branch, the other nine will go infantry. After commissioning, the new officers must successfully complete branch-specific training before they will qualify as infantry and armor officers.”

Ok, I’m very glad the young captain graduated from another school, what we used to call Infantry Officers Advanced Course. But I wonder if the standards changed with the name change? I also wonder if the young female captain had to achieve the same physical fitness test standards as the male students in the course? And one last question, as requested by former Infantry Battalion Commander and Oklahoma Congressman Rep. Steve Russell, did they ever find the Ranger School grade sheets and evaluations for Captain Griest?

Needless to say, this will be an exhibit in the Barack Obama Presidential library — right next to the one displaying ISIS beheading American James Foley. And here is my point in making that juxtaposition. Now is not the time to start with the celebratory cheering over some social egalitarian endeavor in the combat arms branches of our services. We are losing on the battlefield but I suppose Obama and Ash Carter can stand and cheer, “Yo, we did it”.

At a time when we’ve witnessed Sailors on their knees at gun point by the Iranians. At a time when we have Russian fighter jets buzzing our Naval surface warships. At a time when we have Islamic jihadists advancing all over the globe. At a time when we have China fortifying islands in the South China Sea along a major sea lane of commerce, and North Korea firing of missiles. This is what the Obama administration wants to tout as a national security and military achievement? Hello, McFly, the U.S. Army is being gutted and decimated to the point that we’re going to have the smallest Army since pre-World War II.

Do I need to provide a little history lesson to y’all about what happened to the U.S. Army in its first major combat engagement at a place called Kasserine Pass? This is reality, not movies like “GI Jane” or “Starship Trooper.” There’s no “social justice” on the battlefield. At the most basic level, constant combat is still about one man (now redefined) taking the life of another.

The nature of the modern 21st century battlefield is that there are no rear echelons; everyone is in the combat zone. That’s why the mantra of the U.S. Marine Corps is “every Marine a rifleman” — but not every Marine is an infantryman. There’s a big difference the progressive socialist fairness fairies simply do not comprehend.

So this is the one thing I want to know. Is this just some symbolic gesture or does CPT Greist now deploy? Will she be readied to become an infantry company commander? Is she ready to go out on long-range patrols in the mountains of Afghanistan? Or will she be one of the 250 to go into Syria? She has all the “bling” — is it just for show?

So here’s my recommendation. CPT Greist should be deployed as a combat advisor with the Kurdish female fighters operating in Iraq and Syria — instead of being a photo op trophy for the Obama administration. Trust me, that’s what folks are going to be assessing. Will she just be on the news programs or will all those taxpayer dollars spent on her Ranger and IOAC schooling result in dividends? And just as a reminder, being a military police officer in a combat zone is a tad different from being an infantry officer.

But this also brings up a very interesting issue: do we now change the law regarding the Selective Service “men” to “persons?” In other words, do we now draft women as well into the service at a time of war? This is a major consideration because you don’t get to cherry pick things just for an ideological agenda.

Remember, this adventure emanated from the fairness fairies wanting to ensure female officers got the chance to command combat divisions and formations in order to enhance their promotions and advancement. This decision had nothing to do with readiness and war fighting capacity and capability, just another liberal progressive feel good “participation trophy” moment.

US Army Captain Kristen Griest and 1LT Shaye Haver completed Army Ranger school and are Ranger qualified. Captain Griest has been awarded a diploma from the Maneuver Captain’s Career Course. We can certainly celebrate these individual achievements, as long as standards were equal, but the Army ain’t about the individual, it’s about a team. And thanks to the policies of Barack Obama and Ash Carter, the focus is on individuals and fairness, not on the team winning and killing the enemy.

I’m a 55-year-old 5’9″ 218-pound man with a heart pacemaker who still runs 4 to 6 miles six days a week at an 8:40 pace and can knock out my age in pushups in one sitting. I stay physically ready because I never know when I may have to take on that chucklehead thinking he’s going to threaten me, or my family. If I do become engaged physically with someone, it ain’t gonna be fair. It’s about one of us kicking the other’s butt. Obama and Carter don’t see it that way.

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