Remember the argument that women are less strong than men is sexist? No it isn't. It is a fact, just like men being more often colorblind is a fact. Believing a fact is not sexism. Sexism is believing a myth without evidence.
Such as in the whines you have second hand from these expert military sources. It is a proven fact that minorities get preferential treatment? Oh? You show me. As far as proof of racism and sexism, you've seen it time and agian here on K5 alone, if not elsewhere. You simply deny it when it's put right in front of your eyes. Not unlike the way you deny that this mere 25 push-up minimum is an acceptable standard for a Navy officer. That takes some serious mental gymnastics to believe.
I already told you why having differing standards is not sexist. The point is to weed out those who make excuses instead of getting the job done. You can weed out an adequate number of women with one physical standard, and an adequate number of men with another. If they raised the limit for women, they would be turning down candidates who actually have what it takes. If they lowered it for men, they would let in guys who give up too easily.
You emphasize this yourself when you mention the higher physical standards for officers. Their actual jobs are generally less physical, but that isn't the point. The goal is to cull those who won't take the initiative to overcome obstacles. This is even more critical with officers than with enlisted, because nobody wants officers who just try a little and quit. They want people who do whatever it takes.
One of the greatest flaws in the military is a one-size-fits-all solution to every problem. A weight standard, or a height limit, or even a complex array of tests is only a benchmark. There are going to be boundary cases where justice isn't done by the using the benchmark. That is simply how the military is; you are certainly not the first one to suffer from this.
An officer I know has worked his entire live to become an Air Force pilot. When he was only 17, while taking part in Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts and Jr. ROTC, and doing everything he could to become an Air Force officer and pilot, he discovered his vision was 20/40. Common sense will tell you that the AF will never take a pilot with vision that poor. They simply have too many qualified candidates with perfect vision. But he didn't give up. He doggedly went on to get an aerospace engineering degree, and became an officer anyway, even though he knew he would only be a navigator, forever waiting for a pilot slot that would never be open for him. The Air Force decided for him that they wanted him to get a masters degree in meterology. Two more years wasted in college, when his real goal was to be a pilot. He simply sucked it up and did what they wanted. Then they assigned him to be a navigator on C-130s, not the combat jets he wanted. He just kept at it, kept doing the best he could at whatever the service asked of him, because that it the way it's played. I think someday he may actually get to be a pilot, though he knows that all his years of loyalty count for little. What matters always is the needs of the mission, not the individual.
That is how military service is, and that is what a good officer is. That is not you. You are a guy who makes excuses for his own weakness, and blames the underdog for injustice, instead of being strong and helping the weak.
Why didn't you just join the Air Force? Don't you see the contradition between your claims that you are such a stud tough guy and such good military material, and your decision to give up when faced with a single setback. How can you sit here and say the Air Force is not manly enough for you? If you think a military with more geeks is better, then they are your dream service. Although in all honesty, I don't think you would have made it through even enlisted basic training. The whole system is set up to find and to test those who complain too much and can't get the job done. The TI's would have rode your ass out the door.
I don't think you would deserve to get picked on at all if you would lay off those who don't deserve your scorn. The fact is, the US armed services are filled with thousands of women and minorites who have paid seriously heavy dues and overcome hardships that would make you fall down and cry. You sit there on the outside, a quitter, and smear their good name, saying they got there by special treatment.
It is slanderous for you to say such things against them, and that is why you are drawing this criticism on yourself.
Hey! Read this. That is all.
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