On Friday, February 1, the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) released a "Quick-Look Analysis of Survey Results Assessing the Implications of Possible Changes to Women in Service Restrictions".
The 5-page paper, dated September 2012, summarizes results of a survey
of active-duty Marines on the subject of women in combat, which was
conducted from May 30 to August 31, 2012.
Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, obtained a copy of the 16-page CNA survey instrument in June 2012, and prepared an analysis of the 122 questions asked. Mrs. Donnelly released the following statement on the incomplete survey results:
September 2012 CNA 'Quick-Look Analysis of Survey Results,' belatedly
released on a Friday, seems intended to manage public perceptions that
are not supported by still-undisclosed research data. If the survey of
Marines revealed significant support for the assignment of women in "tip
of the spear" direct ground combat units, detailed poll results would
have been announced in full and proclaimed a 'success' four months ago.
"The survey instrument, unfortunately, missed the opportunity to ask the most important questions. For example, 'How would the assignment of women to Marine infantry and Special Operations Forces improve mission effectiveness?' And, ' Do you favor or oppose the elimination of all direct ground combat exemptions for women?' Conclusions cannot be drawn from questions not asked.
polling instrument also failed to provide an accurate definition of the
issue at hand: direct ground combat element units, meaning small
fighting battalions that close with and attack the enemy on the ground.
(infantry, artillery, armor, Special Operations Forces and Navy SEALs)
many civilian polls, this survey often used the undefined word
‘combat,’ which generally means dangerous war zone assignments that are
‘in harm's way.’ The imprecise wording casts doubt on survey results,
which could have been more useful if more precise terminology had been
also are skewed by the survey's frequent use of the misleading word
'voluntary' − a word suggesting an option that does not exist. Research
done by the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces,
which studied this issue in depth in 1992, determined that a
'voluntary' option for women but not for men in close combat simply
would not work. (See Selected Findings, point #7)
the survey relies on the mistaken belief that tough training standards
preparing men for direct ground combat missions would remain the same as
they are now. This will not be possible due to well-documented differences in male/female physical capabilities, and because of the administration's intent to impose gender-based 'diversity metrics,' meaning 'quotas,' which will have the effect of driving training standards down.
"According to recommendations of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, (MLDC)
endorsed by the Defense Department on February 9, 2012, promotions of
officers at all levels, especially 3- and 4-star generals and admirals,
will be contingent on support for gender-based 'diversity metrics.' (See pp. xvii-xviii)
MLDC report admits that this concept is not the same as respect or
recognition for individual merit − the key to success for racial
integration. The 'new diversity' is about demographic group rights, not
individual rights. (See p. 18) Tough training standards that men must meet now may end up 'equal,' but they will not remain the same.
CNA survey ‘Quick Look’ summary barely mentions major concerns among
male and female Marines, including sexual assaults, false accusations of
harassment, fraternization and preferential treatment,
privacy/billeting, limited duty affecting readiness, and additional
risks for women targeted for capture. These vaguely-described concerns
deserve close closer examination by Congress and the American public,
not an incomplete summary that omits details or sweeps them under the
though the survey instrument was flawed, members of Congress should
request complete top-line data, cross-tabs, and detailed Marine
responses broken down by military occupational specialty, combat
community, and experience."
The Center for Military Readiness has prepared a 42-page Special Report analyzing all phases of the Marine Corps "Assignment of Women to Ground Combat" Research Project, including the CNA survey instrument used in 2012:
More information on training standards is provided in this article: