Posted By Deebow • [August 12, 2013]
I was going to invent a new game show. Only senior military field grade officers would have been allowed to play and the questions would be asked by a neutral Regimental Sergeant Major of my choosing.
And this would have been the title. But Col. Ellen Haring over at the US Army War College has already beat me to it, and she is the first contestant in her own sad show.
The Colonel, you may remember, was one of the escapees from the Asshatery who filed suit saying that women needed to be allowed in combat arms branches, and I think that she thinks she is on a roll; because from the deep depths of her vast combat experience she pulls this nugget out.
Col. Ellen Haring, on the staff of the U.S. Army War College, says commanders need to downplay obstacle courses and judge a service member’s ability to stay calm and think quickly.
Yeah, that will work Colonel. I pray this isn't what passes for "intellectual gravitas" at Army College. I hope she washed her hands after she pulled that fact out of whatever nether region it came from. Based upon this demonstration of intellect, I wouldn't let her be in charge of the copy machine, let alone a brigade of steely eyed killers.
So I am calling her out so that her peers won't have to suffer from having their careers shortened from laughing in her face for such a statement. I want the Colonel to use her ability to be calm and think very quickly to stop me from overpowering her by smashing her in the jaw with the butt of my rifle and then driving a bayonet through her ribs. C'mon, it ought to be easy. Just use your noggin!
All of your neurons firing and becoming the eye of storm aren't going to stop me from doing that; you are going to need physical strength to stop me Colonel, and I am confident I could do it right now even in my prior service, dirtbag civilian, light walking workout, semi chubby state.
But it ain't about me. She called out Audie Murphy, and I ain't gonna let that go...
“Perhaps it is time to take a hard look at what really makes a competent combat soldier and not rely on traditional notions of masculine brawn that celebrate strength over other qualities,” Col. Haring says in the current issue of Armed Forces Journal.
“We can’t be sure, but odds are that Murphy would have washed out here, as well,” Col. Haring said. “An obstacle course that relies on physical prowess tests none of the important qualities that Murphy possessed.”
Murphy started out as a private. And World War II infantry privates had to make their way through some tough obstacle courses as part of their training and PT, so the very idea that Audie Murphy was too weak just because he was short is f'ing ridiculous. If he was too weak, there wouldn't be an Audie Murphy, they would have washed him out.
Colonel Haring might want to mosey on over to the US Army Museum before telling us that Audie Murphy couldn't have made his way through an obstacle course. And when she gets there, I would encourage the Col. to read his MoH Citation; which reads thusly:
This Citation was awarded to Audie Murphy for “Conspicuous Gallantry and Intrepidity Involving Risk of Life Above and Beyond the Call of Duty In Action With the Enemy”, 26 January 1945.
The citation reads: 2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective.
So, in the engagement in which he was awarded the Medal of Honor, 2nd LT Murphy, used his brains AND HIS BRAWN to climb up on a burning US tank destroyer, load the Ma Deuce, pull back the charging handle, and then fought off an attacking German mixed armor and infantry force, while constantly reloading the big Ma Deuce. Anyone ever try to keep a Ma Deuce from jumping around and off target while firing it? I have and it takes considerable arm strength.
The truth of this is more plain, and her glaring idiocy even more so. Precisely because he was a man, Audie Murphy had far more upper body strength per pound of muscle than a women of his height and weight would have had. The ladies wouldn't have had anywhere near his stamina, agility or physical strength. But he ALSO had brains, had a cool head and was able to think clearly. LT Murphy didn't think himself to the top of that tank or think that belt of ammunition into the feed tray and pull the charging handle; he used his muscles, which even in his shorter stature, he had more of than any woman and he had something to go with it, the ability to think clearly under fire and be focused on his mission. He was the whole package.
And the problem that women like Colonel Haring have a complete feministic propaganda induced blindness to is that by and large, no matter how calm, creative, and quick thinking the fairer sex is, there are still less of them that can lift that 81 baseplate and walk it to the top of a mountain carrying a full combat load and their own gear than there are dudes who can do the same.
No one in my long military career ever used their ability to remain calm to climb to the top of an obstacle at Air Assault School, used quick thinking to road march their 70 pound ruck 25 miles, or used their creativity to make it through Hell Week.
So since you don't have the whole package Colonel, sorry we can't use you in Combat Arms. Aviation is looking for pilots though...
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised though. When the Army hires and promotes clowns like this lady, I guess I can't be surprised if a circus breaks out...
Cognative Dissonance of this magnitude is usually treated with high doses of medication...