The cheering and laughter you can hear in the far distance is that of Russian and Chinese military chiefs. The same gender madness has long been poisoning and weakening the British Armed Forces. Our thanks to Nigel for this. He writes:
The quote from the US army, “We have to figure out a way to make it fair to both genders” comes from this article. As Congress tells the military to fiddle with the current fitness test because typically female soldiers typically achieve scores 100 points lower than male soldiers and only a small percentage of the women actually pass. The most likely solution it seems is to give women an easier test and fiddle the results so that the scores appear equal. Now of course we’re familiar with this sort of thing in the UK in public services, and more recently our Army.
Way back in the early eighties two of my best friends were in the last intakes of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) with a minimum height requirement, to achieve the psychological effect of imposing presence enhanced by a very tall hat. Both of course were hurled into race riots, CND/Cruise missiles marches, battles with burly Miners and localised IRA terrorism with a full-on shooting turf war between West Indian drugs gangs. I sometimes reflect on this when coming across the current less-than-imposing GMP officers generally resembling scruffy refugees from some computer game. The two who missed protecting the Manchester Arena due to a long detour to the kebab shop were symbolic of the “service” today.
Of course what gets missed is that the standards are INTENDED to discriminate. Had I attempted to join, both colour blindness and short stature would have meant I would have been discriminated against. I suspect colour blind people are still discriminated against.
And of course these are the bits that completely missed. What is good for the job? Surely it’s better for the public to have an effective police force and suitably formidable soldiers and strong firefighters able to use equipment. For there are many other jobs where height or strength are not important, and many that don’t require good colour vision.
And what a world where “being fair” involves fiddling figures to handicap those who actually meet the requirements of the job.
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