Go. Read the whole thing. It’s the single best article I’ve read that shows that standards for training WILL be degraded.
The problem is, the reality of combat cannot and will not change.
I just finished re-reading Rick Atkinson’s excellent “An Army at Dawn” about the campaign in North Africa in World War II. The creampuff training US divisions went through before the invasion led directly to deplorable casualties, opportunities lost, and defeats in battle.
The Army then at least had the excuse that they were simultaneously trying to build the infrastructure to enlarge the Army, train soldiers, and deploy the force all at the same time. Among the very first things the Army did with the lessons learned in North Africa was change the training at home.
What’s our excuse now?
Finally, the tail end of the article reminds us of a good point. It’s not the role of the President, SecDef nor service chiefs to make this decision to allow women into combat.
Congress alone has the constitutional authority to provide for the regulation of the Army and Navy. When did the 1994 combat exclusion law lapse?