A series of surveys administered to personnel in special operations fields closed to women show that men in these fields don’t think women can meet the physical and mental demands of their jobs. According to documents and interviews obtained by the Associated Press, the survey results reveal “major misconceptions” about whether women should be allowed into male-only jobs, like the infantry, or special forces, and highlight concerns that integrating women into these fields will result in lower physical standards.
The survey was administered to roughly 18,000 people in fields closed to women, and nearly half responded. The Associated Press reports that the survey details have not been released, and this marks the first time that officials from Special Operations Command publicly discussed the results.
WASHINGTON — China is likely developing a long-range bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons and a space-based early warning system it could use to more quickly respond to an attack, according to a new report from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.
President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)
The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.
But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.