Thursday, October 24, 2013

Marines Pressured to Gender-Neutralize Uniforms

Quick brief-

Washington DC is infamous for its terribly draconian firearm laws. One would think that,because it is the seat of our national government - with the natural legal consequence that the Bill of Rights never had to be extended to it (because it was never a state in the first place), that it would be a oasis of Liberty, but unfortunately that is not the case.

"When more than 30 police officers in full tactical gear descended upon the house of a successful Washington, D.C., businessman with no criminal record last summer, they were looking for “firearms and ammunition … gun cleaning equipment, holsters, bullet holders and ammunition receipts,” The Washington Times reported.

But what did police find after they shut down the streets for blocks around Mark Witaschek’s Georgetown home, broke down a bathroom door with a battering ram and pulled his 16-year-old son out of the shower naked, pointed guns at the heads of Witaschek and his girlfriend, handcuffed them and then “tossed the place” for two hours?

Very little, according to the Times’ Emily Miller:
“One live round of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition” — actually an inoperable shell that misfired during a hunt years earlier that Witaschek kept as a souvenir.
“One handgun holster” — perfectly legal.
“One expended round of .270 caliber ammunition” — a spent brass casing.
“One box of Knight bullets for reloading,” according to police notation on the warrant. Except, Miller reveals, they aren’t for reloading....."

Nevertheless, Mr. Witaschek is facing criminal charges, interluding a year in jail, for possessing unregistered ammunition. Only registered firearm owners can posses ammunition, and as he stores his guns in Virginia, he understood that he was not in violation of the law.


Advocates of the the radical feminist agenda have set their crosshairs on the United States Marine Corps. As, I noted in a previous post, the women who want to be considered or said  to be as physically strong and aggressive and emotionally prone to use deadly force without regret as men, have persuaded the Obama administration to force the Pentagon and its meek command staff to reduce the standards*(Bottom) for service in the combat units of the military. 

Having accomplished this shameful act, the man-haters have specifically targeted the Marines. 

"A change to the Marine Corps’ uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street.

Thanks to a plan by President Obama to create a “unisex” look for the Corps, officials are on the verge of swapping out the Marines’ iconic caps – known as “covers” — with a new version that some have derided as so “girly” that they would make the French blush.

“We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets, and the DoD is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats!” one senior Marine source fumed to The Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.”

The thin new covers have a feminine line that some officials think would make them look just as good on female marines as on males — in keeping with the Obama directive.

“The Marine Corps is being ‘encouraged’ by DoD to standardize on a unisex/universal dress and service cap,” Marine brass noted in an internal memo obtained by The Post...."

Note that the memo refers to the service hat, but I have little doubt that it is the dress uniform itself , especially the jacket, is the ultimate and primary target. The cap/hat can be argued to have a background for wear by men as it was once issued to Marines, but like Civil Unions and gay Marriage, this move is just the foot in the door for the next step.

I served in the Marines in the late 80's and I can attest that the Corps does in no way marginalize its female members. They are Marines just as are the males who serve. But the Marines do, however, enjoy the reputation as the manliest branch of the armed forces. Of course, the Army, Navy and Air Force have the Rangers, Special Forces, Seals, and Para Rescue units, (along with other combat units that are first class) but the Marine Corps has repeatedly demonstrated that - when considering it as an entire military branch, there is a understandable mystique of masculine martial prowess and professionalism that is unique to it. 

No Marine will accept being seen as "merely" a soldier, nor will he stand to hear someone tell him that Army Infantry is as good or better than that of the Corps. Army personnel feel the same, but for the Marine psyche, the insult is felt at a much deeper level. 

I don't think that there exists a single former Marine who has not, when no on else is home, tried to get his dress blue jacket around his time-swelled waist and chest.

From the moment that a new recruit enters one of the two Marie Corps Recruit Depots, he or she is immersed in a culture that take a incomparable degree of pride in its history and accomplishments. Bits and pieces of this were already absorbed even before he said his goodbyes and was sent to the airport, but what he learns in Parris Island or San Diego (the former of course being the better one!) is designed to impart in his memory the understanding that the acts of valor and sacrifice of they who preceded him are his to inherit and to emulate. 

Classes in Marine Corps history are standard fare for the recruit. The span of its history, from its origin until today, with dozens of accounts of individuals and units, is covered in detail and quickly becomes part of his identity.

As with accounts of British army soldiers who, when faced with possible defeat in battle, shouted to their peers to "remember... (their choice of unit and battle)" that occurred decades before anyone in that unit was even born, a Marine will forever recall the exploits of Archibald Henderson, Dan Daly, Chesty Puller, the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments, and the bloody campaigns against the Japanese in the Pacific.With the fight having been taken to Afghanistan and other regions, I am sure that accounts of new heroes and commendable actions have been added to the curriculum. When the Marine puts on the uniform, an entire mindset goes along with it.

That image is something in which the Corps and its members take tremendous pride.

-and in our world of neutralizing all concepts of gender, that has to go.

One thing to their credit, the Left and their allies are not as stupid as they look or make themselves out to be. The male Marine Corps Dress uniform has a look and fit that convey the image of manliness. A successful modern adaptation of  late 19th century uniforms, the Marine Dress Blues are recognizable to even the least military-minded:

The US Army and Air Force uniforms are unfortunately , just plain awful in comparison. (Sorry, but I also served twelve years in the Army National Guard and the business suit-look was the worst part of that period). The training was very thorough and was still hard, but wearing the dress uniform was something that I dreaded.

I hope that the command staff of the Corps does not let their beloved branch get hijacked for the sake of appeasing Obama and his radical feminist allies.

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