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The disaster Mitchell deplores has so far been on an individual scale: a few suicides, forced retirements and discharges, and the trials of drill sergeants. This litany is hardly a bill of good organizational health, and the public policy question has thus become whether to press forward with gender integration of the armed forces--or to pause and reconsider the wisdom of the effort. Conservatives such as Mitchell take succor from second thoughts emerging from such neoliberal tastemakers as columnist Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. Mitchell, hardly a guarded writer, disputes every argument ever put forward to open the military services to women, and for evidence he reviews most of the studies and commissions that have examined the issue since the 1970s. This information underlies the claims bruited about amid sensational media flaps (les affaires Hultgreen and Flinn). Mitchell's well-researched, though opinionated, book can be balanced with a benign view of the issue, Ground Zero: The Gender Wars in the Military by Linda B. Francke . Gilbert Taylor

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Today only one-third of uniformed women believe that the military's primary purpose is to fight wars. Nowhere in the military do women meet the same physical standards as men - not in the military academies, not in basic training, and certainly not in the field. Applying common sense, the history of men under arms, and a quarter-century's worth of research on women in the military, Brian Mitchell reveals how "equal opportunity" has been allowed to trump military readiness and national security. Women in the Military is an illuminating - and frightening - look at our nation's armed services.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; First Edition edition (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895263769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895263766
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,557,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Paul J. Walkowski on February 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Brian Mitchell's book deserves but, probably won't get the serious attention it deserves, due to its politically incorrect theme. Nevertheless, this book is a compelling and well-written study of a controversial policy which needs to be reviewed top-to-bottom. Once congress required the military to apply civilian "equal protection" standards to jobs in the military, the foundation was laid for an "Allice-in-Wonderland" transformation which got "curiouser and curiouser" the more it was enforced. Mitchell minces no words, and backs up what he says with enough detailed information to convince all but the most hardened that America's incomprehensible move toward androgyny is a mistake of fatal proportions. Highly recommended. A fast and troubling read.
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FINALLY SOMEONE HAS THE COURAGE TO TELL AS IT IS AND NOT WORRY ABOUT UPSETTING THE POLITICANS WHO SIMPLY FIND A PARADE AND GET IN FRONT OF IT.AS A MILITARY RETIREE,A VIET NAM AND IRAQUI VETERAN I STRONGLY BELIEVE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE A PLACE IN THE MILITARY BUT IN DIFFERENT AREAS.AS A BLACK MAN I DIDN'T DEMAND TO LOWER THE STANDARDS OR ASK FOR ANY SPECIAL CONSIDERATION AND YET THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WOMEN ARE DEMANDING.OVER THE YEARS THE NAVY HAS INVESTIGATED MORE SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS FILLED BY WOMEN AGAINST OTHER WOMEN. UNFORTUNATELY THE MILITARY HAS BEEN FORCED TO PLAY THE POLITICAL GAME TO CONTINUE IT'S FUNDING.DO I THINK WOMEN ARE INFERIOR ? NO BUT THERE ARE TO MANY FEMALES WHO LIKE TO "WALK THE WALK AND TALK THE TALK "AND ARE NOTHING MORE THAN PX COMMANDOS.
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Brian Mitchell's book addresses the important issue of women in the military and the push to put them into all male infantry combat units. The book was written in 1998, but even then the issue of women in combat was a hotly debated topic. While this book is OK it is not the best regarding this topic. If one is interested in reading just one book on this topic (I have read 5 books on this subject) I highly recommend "Co-Ed Combat: The New Evidence That Women Shouldn't Fight The Nation's Wars" by Kingsley Browne. It is easy to read, scholarly, meticulously researched, and delves into just about every aspect of women in the military and how it affects readiness. "Co-Ed Combat" was also published in 2007 so it includes our combat experience with women in our most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By the way, I purchased "Women In The Military" used on Amazon for 41 cents and "Co-Ed Combat" used for 1 cent and both are "like new" condition even though the condition was rated good to very good!
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A book for the ages, telling us what we have all known from the start and/or experienced first hand in combat and garrison. And something that all those special interest groups and womens rights finatics have hidden, ignored or covered up for decades. The reason this book is so important is that many of us (myself included) who have served our country in the military already know what Mr. Brian Michell is writing about. The truth that he is trying to get out from under the stone that the feninist have successfully hidden it under. If the report says no...hide it, if the report says it degrades our readiness...obsure it. If the report says we can't or shouldn't try to make this work, throw out the report and start over. Find an ear that will ignore the truth. Even at the cost of our readiness, the lives of our sons and daughters, and a reduction in our preparedness. It is shamefully clear by Mitchell that our Presidents of the past have gone along with this farse for votes. Clearly unsatisfactory. It is a masterful job of telling the world what really happens when you mix men and women in trainning and in combat. Disaster. I have seen this in a 27 year United States Marine Corps Career. Enlisted, Warrant Officer and Commissioned Officer. Thank God that Brian Mitchelle has come along to vindicate our own cries for relieve from this disaster. And thank goodness that a company would even publish it. Lives are going to be lost, and the feminist are willing to sacrifice the many for just a few. Better yet to simply push their agenda, that is not wanted by real women in America. Perhaps Saving Private Ryan will give all women cause to rethink and understand why men are opposed to this idea. A must read for any man or women who is really serious about finding out the true effect an unprecedented increase in female participation in the military will cause.
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Brian Mitchell knows his subject. He's an Airborne Ranger qualified Infantry officer, which is something that none of the detractors on here can say. When I read this book, I was a young man headed off to West Point. I had vague notions about women in the military and was not in favor of women serving in combat. But I felt that the government couldn't restrict women's access to public institutions (this was just after the Citadel and VMI were forcibly opened). This book exploded those notions in my mind and drastically changed how I viewed the feminization of our Armed Forces. My subsequent experiences as a cadet and as an officer in both all-male and mixed gender units (in combat in Iraq and in garrison) underscored the basic truths of this book. All-male units are superior in every way to mixed gender units, which are absolute disasters of sexual tension and misconduct, poor discipline and wretched physical fitness. Many of us also mourn the loss of the great honor and traditions that were destroyed at the nation's Service Academies, leaving them a politically correct farce far from their glorious past.

Mitchell's book is a bit dated now. Many of his vignettes from the 1970's - 1980's are long forgotten or footnotes to the fact that women are serving overseas in the War on Terror. Regardless, this is an excellent primer for someone wanting the non-politically correct truth of how 35 years of feminist policies have had ruinous and pernicious effects on the military's cohesion, fitness, morale and readiness.
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