George Neumayr, who has written for the NOR, has an article in the conservative American Spectator (May) called "Your Mother's Army: Bush's Military Is More Feminized Than Clinton's -- and the Costs Are Coming Due." Neumayr says: "George Bush's military isn't reconsidering the feminist experiment devised under Bill Clinton; it is completing it. The Army increasingly relies on women.... Women now constitute 15 percent of the active Army, 23 percent of the Army Reserve, and 13 percent of the Army National Guard. It is commonly estimated that 30 percent of the Army will be female by 2010."
Neumayr gives us a glimpse of the war dead: "Lori Ann Piestewa, 23, mother of two preschoolers; Melissa J. Hobart, 22, mother of a 3-year-old; Jessica L. Cawvey, 21, single mother of a 6-year-old; Pamela Osbourne, 38, mother of three children, ages 9-19; Katrina L. Bell-Johnson, 32, mother of a 1-year-old."
Neumayr continues: "Bush's Pentagon...has been pushing more and more women onto the battlefield.... As of this spring, roughly 17,000 female soldiers had been in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving in de facto combat roles.... Nothing has given the Pentagon pause -- not reports of eroding standards in training, not the Abu Ghraib debacle of women wardens and run-amok female jailers, not body bags carrying the nation's mothers and daughters, not women soldiers tortured and held in captivity, not the growing list of orphans.... Since many of the mothers in the military are single mothers -- women in the military are twice as likely as men to be single parents --many luckless children are left with no parents.... The Defense Department has had to disclose embarrassingly that one out of seven women at its military academies say they have been sexually assaulted."
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