"Blatantly and overtly bias towards women..."
The "crowning event" of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's tenure at DoD was his lifting of the ban on women serving in Combat Arms MOSs (Military Occupational Specialties), as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 26, 2013.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has also referred to Panetta's move as a "historic step for equality..." as reported by Rachel Maddow of MSNBC.
Yet gender inequality remains a bedrock principle within the Obama-ran Armed Forces.
Liberals are quick to call for so-called gender equality, yet remain willfully blind to orders and directives that are blatantly and overtly bias towards women.
In a progressive's world of perfect equality there should be zero differences, regardless of gender.
Male soldiers are allowed 10 days of non-chargeable Paternity Leave upon the birth of their child.
When female troops are granted 45 days of non-chargeable Paternity Leave.
As the DoD (Department of Defense) order states, one of the reasons women get a longer period of time is to "prepare family care plans and to establish a pattern of child care."
Upon giving birth, a female Armed Services member is given at least a 4 month deferment to being assigned to deployable units (overseas):
Army - Revised their policy in mid-2008 to provide female Soldiers a 6-month deferment. Previous policy granted a 4-month deferment.
Air Force - Defers female Airmen from deployment for 4 months after the birth of a child. Air Force is evaluating whether to extend to 6 months.
Navy - USN revised its policy in mid-2007 to direct that female Sailors are provided a 12-month deferment. Previous policy granted 4 months.
Marines - Revised its policy in mid-2007 to direct that female Marines not be transferred to deploying units for up to 6 months after delivery. Previous policy granted a 12-month deferment.
No such provision is in place for men.
The DoD's Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (ODMEO) has established the Federal Women's Program (FWP).
Per the DoD order, the FWP addresses employment concerns of all women regardless of race, religion, national origin, or disability.
The Soviet Union Also Had Political Officers...
Each DoD military department and defense agency is required to appoint a Federal Women’s Program Manager to fulfill the following responsibilities:
- Serve as the Principal Advisor to those responsible for personnel management actions impacting women and is a source of information regarding the Program.
- Assist the EEO Officer with affirmative actions planning to help eliminate any discriminatory under-representation of women that might exist in all occupations groups and at all levels of employment.
- Identify issues, examine policies, assess climate and develop proposals, recommendations, strategies and/or positions directed toward resolving specific issues.
There is no such federal program for men.
The Department of Defense also has the following awards that are specifically based on gender and/or ethnicity:
- Annual Women’s History Month Observance and Awards Ceremony.
- Women in Aviation International Conference.
- Women of Color in Technology Awards.
- Latina Style Symposium.
- Federally Employed Women (FEW), Inc.
There are no such awards for men only.
Individual Branches of the Armed Forces have professional organizations that allow women-only membership.
- The U.S. Navy's Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
- The U.S. Air Force's Women in Combat.
As per the trend, there are no official organizations that are men-only.
Pulling Up The Slack...
The same order cites:
"It is noted that women comprise 14.5% of the total force, and 10% of the deployed force."
Yet the same order ignores that the remaining 4.5% of the extra work required to complete missions must be done only at the doubled efforts of male Service members.
The Marine Corps has always been notorious for having the most stringent grooming regs of all of the Armed Forces.
The absolute longest the hair on a male Marine's head could be is no more than 3 inches in length.
Yet women Marines are allowed the following in regards to hair grooming:
- As long as they so desire, provided it's pinned-up while in uniform.
- Wear wigs.
- Wear their hair in braids.
- Wear hair extensions.
- Color, dye, tint, bleach or frost their hair.
Women Marines may also wear lipstick, eyeliner, make-up and fingernail polish while in uniform.
In a world of total gender-equality, males still aren't allowed such fashion choices as their comradettes-in-arms.
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