- - Wednesday, April 22, 2015


The described “Dempsey rule” has never been anything more than “G.I. Jane” played on a loop (“Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women,” Web, April 19). This was prompted by leftist women’s activists to prove what cannot be proved. Now, understand that Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is the same man who goose-steps to President Obama’s ridiculous commands. If Gen. Dempsey had any honor as an officer or gentleman, he would resign. However, he seems more worried about his stars than his troops. The “Dempsey rule” did prove one thing: Barack Obama and Gen. Dempsey have no qualifications to run experiments. They are nothing more than quacks.

The women who failed the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course never had a chance. To remotely consider lowering the standards is ludicrous. I have every confidence in our female soldiers, Marines, aviators and naval personnel to be experts at the highest level; however, in a trench line is not the place.

I have four daughters for whom I have the highest regard, but I do not want them fixing a bayonet to go over the top or to hang fire in a mortar pit in the desert. Their male counterparts do not want them participating in these areas, either. A weak link in the line gets everyone killed. There are a multitude of vital positions in which female personnel can make major contributions to victory. It is never a matter of mental ability; it is one, instead, of physical ability.


Gaithersburg, Maryland

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