Sunday, June 24, 2018

Women In The Military, Part V

h/t KDT

Turns out the biggest clowns in the Navy aren't on the flight deck, they're over
 in surface warfare: running the bridge, in CIC, and over in Flag Quarters.

Remember all those Navy ships that couldn't keep from hitting everything on the ocean, putting at risk everything in the seven seas, including dolphins and whales?

Well, color us shocked, but it turns out women drivers of ships don't do any better at that than they do when driving while applying eye liner in the fast lane on the freeway. And of course, everyone from CNO and SecNav down has been covering up the identities of the culprits, because Diversity Is Our Strength. Even if it kills us. In our sleep.

Diversity Is Our Strength. But it turns out two female navy lieutenants
can rack up a body count as big as the Lost Convoy during Blackhawk Down.

Excerpted in toto from The Other McCain blog:
"During the early weeks after the USS Fitzgerald was speared by a lumbering Philippine container ship, it was noteworthy that the captain and a couple of admirals were publically named, but not the actual officer in charge, the officer of the deck. (OOD) The other person who should have kept the Fitz out of trouble is the person in charge of the combat information center, the Tactical Action Officer. That individual is supposed to be monitoring the combat radar, which can detect a swimmer at a distance of two miles.
Not until a year later, when the final reports are made public and the guilty parties have been court-martialed, does the truth come out. The OOD was named Sarah, and the Tactical Action Officer was named Natalie, and they weren’t speaking to each other!!! The Tactical Action Officer would normally be in near constant communication with the OOD, but there is no record of any communication between them that entire shift!
Another fun fact: In the Navy that won WWII, the damage control officers were usually some of the biggest and strongest men aboard, able to close hatches, shore up damaged areas with timbers, etc. The Fitz’s damage control officer was also a woman, and she never left the bridge. She handled the aftermath of the accident remotely, without lifting a finger herself!
Look it up: The OOD was Sarah Coppock, Tactical Action Officer was Natalie Combs. . . .
When I noticed last year that they were doing all they could to keep the OOD’s name out of the headlines, I speculated to my son that it was a she. Turns out all the key people (except one officer in the CIC) were female!Indeed, I did some searching, and Lt. Coppock pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty. Lt. Combs faced a hearing last month:
In an 11-hour hearing, prosecutors painted a picture of Lt. Irian Woodley, the ship’s surface warfare coordinator, and Lt. Natalie Combs, the tactical action officer, as failing at their jobs, not using the tools at their disposal properly and not communicating adequately. They became complacent with faulty equipment and did not seek to get it fixed, and they failed to communicate with the bridge, the prosecution argued. Had they done those things, the government contended, they would have been able to avert the collision.
That two of the officers — Coppock and Combs — involved in this fatal incident were female suggests that discipline and training standards have been lowered for the sake of “gender integration,” which was a major policy push at the Pentagon during the Obama administration. It could be that senior officers, knowing their promotions may hinge on enthusiastic support for “gender integration,” are reluctant to enforce standards for the women under their command.
This was the story of Kara Hultgreen, the Navy pilot who died in a 1994 F-14 crash. Investigation showed that Hultgreen had been allowed to proceed in her training after errors that would have meant a washout for any male pilot. But the Clinton administration was pushing for female fighter pilots, which resulted in a competition between the Navy and Air Force to put women into these combat roles. It is not necessary to believe that (a) women shouldn’t be fighter pilots, in order to believe (b) lowering standards for the sake of quotas is a bad idea. Of course, you may believe both (a) and (b), but it is (b) that gets people killed.
It seems obvious that the Pentagon (and the liberal media) sought to suppress full knowledge of what happened to the Fitzgerald in the immediate aftermath of the June 2017 incident that killed seven sailors, in the same way the details of Kara Hultgreen’s death were suppressed. It took investigative reporters like Rowan Scarborough of the Washington Times a lot of hard work to find out what actually happened to Hultgreen. Let’s hope other reporters will dig into what’s happening in our military with the “gender integration” agenda at the Pentagon now."

We dun tol' you a time or four, as the title might suggest, that someday, American caskets would be filled by troops because we put women in places in the military they don't belong, and would lower standards of conduct and proficiency to get them there.

The men filling seven caskets from USS Fitzgerald are but the opening fulfillment of that tragic prophecy.

FCC Gary Rehm Jr., 37,
GM1 Noe Hernandez, 26,
YN2 Shingo Douglass, 25
ST2 Ngoc T. Truong Huynh, 25,
PSC Xavier Martin, 24,
FC1 Carlos Sibayan, 23,
GM3 Dakota Rigsby, 19.

You can read about them from a year ago, here.

They didn't die for freedom, they died because a bunch of idiots, in Congress, the White House, and at the Pentagon, thought pushing unqualified women into job slots so a few loudmouthed dykes could get admiral stripes someday was a better idea than having qualified officers aboard who could conn a ship without hitting everything else floating in the same time zone. 

(In the ultimate cost-free meaningless gesture, the Navy promoted all seven casualties one grade apiece, posthumously. Which means jack and squat, and costs them right around $0. No word on when the Navy will start automatically awarding hazardous duty pay to every sailor serving under unqualified women officers, which would seem to be a no-brainer until proven otherwise, and would cost them actual money.)

Cheerleaders for this jackassical policy will retort that the guilty were suitably punished, and all is right with the world. We respond that sailors oughtn't be used as expendable Human Incompetency Detectors for purse-waving deck officers.

To all the Natalies and Sarahs in the Navy, walk tall. The sisterhood killed your shipmates.
But hey, WGAF, right? They were just a bunch of toxicly masculine men, serving-their-country-at-bargain-wages Neanderthals, and who needs 'em?

And to every Navy douchebag from prior SecDefs and SecNavs down to so much as a PO3 who passed those unqualified @$$clowns along the pipeline, and suffered them in positions of trust and leadership for which they were dreadfully unqualified,
F### Y##!
The blood of American servicemen is on your hands.

The highest body count of US naval casualties in 2017 wasn't racked up by any nominal threat force navy, it was tallied by the perfumed princes in the Pentagon, particularly those put there by the last presidency. Well played. Can we put them all on the Terrorist Watch List now, please?!? (Waterboarding them in Gitmo optional, but also highly recommended.)

If the policy that enabled this, from the most incompetent and anti-military administration in the republic's history, could pass muster, the watchstanders could too, and they wouldn't have worked so long and so hard to smother the truth about this incident. But they can't, it doesn't, so TPTB have to slide and hide, long after the departure of Fabulous Mabus, and the incompetent flag-deck disasters he inflicted on the Navy, because those clowns are still working towards retirement.

Which is why SecDef Mattis should immediately stand down everyone in all the services promoted to O-7 and above from 20 JAN 2009-20 JAN 2017, inclusive, pending a full review, with a view towards permanently retiring the lot. Most of them are suitable only for melting down for fish sinkers. He would do more to save the nation going forward than if he fought a war and won it.

After all those collisions, the entire Seventh Fleet was docked for a review of the problem.
We have yet to hear that they solved it as they should by returning all combatant ships to male-only domains, because fighting a warship isn't a job for Disney princesses, Combat Barbie, or G.I. Jane.

Remember that the next ten times this happens. As it will.


DAN III said...

I wouldn't hold my breath on SecDef Mattis doing a damn thing to squash this diversity crap. The US armed forces have long ago ceased prepping and training to win wars. The armed services is one, big social justice program now.

Aesop said...

You're right, and that's a fundamental mistake that will continue to be written in blood until they fix it.

Anonymous said...

Mad Dog Mattis, henceforth known as Pound Puppy Mattis will do nothing as usual. Given enough time I think Trump could fix things but he's knee deep in alligators right now. A few sailors are nothing to these people. The loss of a few ships might change things.

The Gray Man said...

I spent 8 years in the Army and now I'm wrapping up my first year in the reserves. I do not believe that women should be allowed in the military at all. The female officers were the absolute worst, especially when deployed.

The Gray Man said...

It's going to take a major, conventional conflict to do that. We are going to have to have frequent situations in which significant military women are dying and getting men killed as well due to the womens' shortcomings. These wars against bushmen and sand squatters are fun and all, and those places can really be the Wild West sometimes, but aside from the occasional IED, it's easy enough to keep women insulated and protected just enough that they still end up thinking that they're badass bitches doing men's work in combat. In reality (personal experience incoming, move to the bunker), when the MAXXPRO rolls over a pressure plate IED and needs to be towed, the LT woman inside it with the ringing in her ears gets a bronze star and Purple Heart, while the NCOs and SPCs who are at least just as fucked up as her are getting a lower award, and THEY actually had to return fire for cover and get the deadlines MAXXPRO hooked up to pulled out. LT Prissy? I'm not sure she had her boots in the dirt for more steps than it took her to walk to the adjacent vehicle and get in.

Anonymous said...

All of this, just as the rest of the swirling cultural decline, is theological in nature. I remember reading a quote from a former USN bubblehead, then a Christian Pastor speaking of the increasing effeminacy of Christianity, from what it had been, over a 150 year period. (The War for independence was known in England as a "Presbyterian Rebellion") In speaking about females in the military, he said (paraphrasing) "One should not be surprised or dismayed to see women in cockpits; it is the inevitable progression of women in pulpits".

His scripturally exegeted position (and one that I believe correct) is that it is "an abomination" (a class of offense that is hostile toward God and His created order) for females to perform military service. As such, the practice has subsequent consequential deleterious effects upon organizations and cultures that embrace said practice. Planting has a decided effect upon the specificity of the harvest; one cannot rationally plant weeds and then plan for a corn crop.

The end question is never "if God", but "whose God".

If you want to see the god of a culture, just perform a test. See who or what practices you are allowed to mock and deride. The louder the protests the closer you are to their god.

Anonymous said...

Ain't just plumbing that caused all this. The "all male" Fleet was as bad in many cases. I know at least two women I'd rather have as OOD than ten of the men I served with ( and no, I don't know a third at the moment but there could be ONE).
I have concluded that the biggest problem and a root cause of most of the rot in our surface navy is simply that they have not been to war since 1945. The people who learned all the lessons were gone by the 60's and their proteges became fewer and less influential until they were run out in the 80's
Boat Guy

Aesop said...

@Boat Guy
I'm open-minded. Require the same physical and performance standards, not different ones for each gender, and then take who you get.
No one would have any problem serving with the three women annually who could meet the male PFT standards, and had to hit the exact same performance standards, or get shit-canned.
Either you can do the job, or you can't, and that would weed out all the non-hackers across the board.

And anybody who cries about racism, sexism, or any other -ism, when there's one clear published standard, scrupulously adhered to gets court-martialed or shit-canned on the spot for trying to pull out that card.

The current system will never work, because everyone from E-1 to O-10 knows from Day One there isn't a woman in the Navy in sixty years who's ever met the same standards as men on anything, even once, nor could, in 99.9999% of cases.

Anonymous said...

Same standards, AYE. That's why there are a couple I could personally attest to. Not like Fleet PRT standards are exactly arduous, in fact that's really the least of it and we had plenty of weak boys and fat boys back when we DIDN'T get combatants run over by merships. A SWO needs to be physically capable of leading a DC team and must be fully qualified to perform all those tasks; but the REAL requirements are mental and moral.