The husband is retired Navy and he's shaking his head about this.
About what I said? Because it's shameful that I'm right or he disagrees? I mean, I'm just relating based on what I see so the Navy could be very well different. And yeah, females on the Army side sham as well with the same tactics, though my last go-'round we did get replacements. The lower requirements on the PT side are only really annoying when the same girls start complaining about equality. Anytime else it's pretty much a nonissue, since like I said all that test does is get you to the table. The difference between 180 and 350 is the shape of the numbers. I wish the military was a lot less like Whose Line Is it Anyway, but at this point I'm just relieved that we're finally barring PT Failures from re-enlistment. Anyway, I still think I'm right but any clarification would be appreciated. Even with the shamming, if she's friendly enough with the board she'll still get the same promotion like it didn't even happen. It's a joke. At least up to the 7 mark the board has been a relative joke. It's a little hard to even pretend there is going to be impartiality when you're sitting across from a guy who is there to decide whether or not you're qualified enough to get the promotion when the night before you went to a bar with him and got hammered. But meh, like I said, I'll take my small victory for now. I'd mention weapon qualifications, but the reality is you don't leave a range until you qualify so you can be there ten, twenty times a day for three days. Means the same as me going 40+/40.
I don't really care if women want to be on the front lines, and as far as combat prowess is concerned I don't feel it's an issue either. Frankly, I think women are much more aggressive anyway
. And it isn't like men don't sham either so I don't believe that's a good enough reason to bar them. My issue is the every day activities in between combat. The only way they're getting showers during a day long march on the front line is if they build them. Of course, they can get the guys to do it for them, but I can't really say that'll last. Latrines are the same. At least when I was still doing the Infantry thing there certainly weren't any on our march routes. Maybe Afghanistan changed since then? Changing pads or tampons and whatever is going to be a pretty damn big issue, too.
I don't know. I think I'm just too tired of the system to even shake my head at how broken it is.
That, and the wife and kid are at the inlaws and I'm bored.