Some of the more adorable criticism that part 1 of this article received was that I need to do some growing up.  That is cute and condescending all at the same time.  The thing is, I grew up in the Special Operations community during a time of war.  Like many others in Army Special Operations, I carried a ruck on my back, jumped out of airplanes with a recoiless rifle strapped to my side, walked up the side of mountains in full kit, stomped around Mosul in the summer with my uniform completely soaked through with sweat, and all that jazz.  On a few missions we even had female soldiers with us.  The idea that they are going to carry what I carried and do what I did just makes me laugh inside.  Enjoy that shit, we’ll see how long that lasts before this social experiment is completely discredited.

When the armchair feminists grow up they will admit that men and women really are different.  We have certain biological inequities built in to us.  No, it isn’t just a matter of training.  To have female soldiers flooding the ranks we would have to pump them full of steroids and put them on a mandatory high protein diet at a minimum.  Still think we are equal?  Then why can’t I give birth to a baby?  Whoops.  That’s right, it is because there are differences between the male and female genders.  I can make pseudo-intellectual arguments and propose hypothetical situations until I’m red in the face but I still won’t be giving birth to children anytime soon.

The myth is that there is a small Army of crossfit goddesses standing by to serve in Special Operations and Infantry roles.  The reality is that few of these women seem to join the military to begin with and those that do would still struggle to hump the gear soldiers require in combat and IMT when they come under fire with a full combat load.  Go ahead and post pictures of your favorite female body builder, that zero percent body fat image is about vanity (this applies to men as well) rather than combat.  That crossfit princess can do headstand pushups all day, but that isn’t war, it isn’t even combat focus PT.  I respect their athleticism and the hard work they put into what they do, but that doesn’t make them soldiers.

Here is the deal, I’m sick of hearing about what women are or are not capable of doing in combat.  Bores me to tears.  This is something we can actually test and figure out using science and statistics.  It would be very easy and actually fairly cheap to conduct this experiment by gathering together a group of female soldiers (over a hundred to make the study statistically relevant) and test them on various Infantry tasks.  Stress shoots, PT test, 12-mile ruck march, battle drills, and so on.  Stop debating, start testing.  This would end the argument once and for all but it will never happen.  The reason why it will never happen is because the results would be so dismal that it would completely destroy the idea of women in the Infantry and SOF for literally generations to come.  It would also fuck up some people’s political agendas.  In fact, I’ve been told that a study just like this was done in the 1990’s at Natick and the whole thing had to be buried because the female soldiers who volunteered for the study performed so poorly.  But hey, if you disagree with what I’m saying that is okay.  I think we can all agree that some objective testing is warranted before pushing forward, correct?