I saw this tweet today from Major General Gus McLachlan:
My good mate @RodgerShanahan will relate to this story. Not many know that it could also be describing @ChiefAusArmy in his younger days. Duntroon Rugby developed character during some cold Canberra Saturdays. https://t.co/AxoLjwgAHA
— COMDFORCOMD (@comdforcomd) May 30, 2018
Given the female infantry fandangle that has taken off in recently, I was rather curious. So I wanted to know if any females had been selected to play rugby with the blokes:
I wonder how many Defence rugby teams select females…
…but you’d think that they’d open up the sporting field to gender equality before the battlefield…
— Bernard Gaynor (@BernardGaynor) May 31, 2018
That was when the bloke who runs the Army for the Chief of Army let us all know what he thinks. And it’s bad news for the men he commands. According to their boss pretty much all of them are weaker than the women:
We have 5 women playing in the national ruby union program and one NRL jillaroo. They are fitter and stronger than the vast majority of male soldiers in Forces Command. I am immensely proud to be their boss. Take your ill informed biases somewhere else.
— COMDFORCOMD (@comdforcomd) May 31, 2018
The good news for the dudes inside Forces Command is that I can guarantee none of them will ever be asked to play against the girls on the footy field…
…and as for ‘ill informed’, a phrase the good general brought up, I remind him of this recent statement by his boss. Major General McLachlan might like to direct his fire at the correct target:
Here it is: the Chief of Army admits that no study has been conducted into whether placing females in the infantry is a good idea.
When females are injured at far higher rates than men it won’t be the Chief of Army who foots the legal/medical bills. It will be the taxpayer… pic.twitter.com/Aoi9m5vEQP
— Bernard Gaynor (@BernardGaynor) May 30, 2018