Crit­ics aghast at ‘ bonkers’ ban on De­fence re­cruit­ing males

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - MATTHEW BENNS

THE Aus­tralian Army has put a ban on male re­cruits in its po­lit­i­cally cor­rect push to in­crease fe­male ranks in­clud­ing those on the front­line in com­bat roles.

News Corp can re­veal that Aus­tralian De­fence Force re­cruiters have been told they will be re- posted if they ig­nore di­rec­tives to ex­clu­sively tar­get women for most new jobs.

This week’s tar­get list of army jobs is look­ing for re­cruits in 50 roles — but 35 of those are only avail­able to women, in­clud­ing on the front line in the Ar­moured Cav­alry and as a com­bat en­gi­neer.

There are cur­rently no jobs avail­able for men in the in­fantry as a ri­fle­man or as an ar­tillery­man — but both jobs are high­lighted as “re­cruit im­me­di­ately” if a fe­male can­di­date comes for­ward. A dis­tressed army re­cruit­ment of­fi­cer said: “This is po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness gone mad. I don’t care if it is a man or a woman, I just want to get the best per­son for the job.”

The navy and air force have sim­i­lar re­cruit­ment quo­tas. Of 18 jobs listed for the navy in the next six months just one is open to male re­cruits. None of the seven tar­geted air force roles is open to men.

The only males who will be con­sid­ered for those roles are indige­nous Aus­tralians.

For­mer army of­fi­cer and Aus­tralian Con­ser­va­tives party mem­ber Bernie Gaynor, who was sacked for his out­spo­ken com­ments, said his for­mer col­leagues had turned to him to speak on their be­half about the “bonkers” po­lit­i­cally cor­rect poli­cies.

“The re­cruit­ment pri­or­ity plan shows that De­fence’s po­lit­i­cally cor­rect poli­cies have gone be­yond bonkers. It is now openly dis­crim­i­nat­ing against males for its com­bat roles in the army,” he said.

“De­fence mem­bers feel con­cerned that these poli­cies will re­sult in com­bat ca­su­al­ties. But they can­not speak up or they will lose their jobs.”

Sen­a­tor Cory Bernardi warned “po­lit­i­cally cor­rect and gen­der ideol- ogy” was likely to “com­pro­mise the ef­fec­tive­ness of our front line com­bat ca­pa­bil­ity”. “We have got to in­ject a se­ri­ous dose of com­mon sense into the ADF,” he said.

The re­cruit­ment pol­icy comes from the top. At an In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day speech in Canberra this year Chief of Army Lieu­tenant Gen­eral An­gus Camp­bell said: “We as­pire to have 25 per cent rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women in army by 2025.”

That is dou­ble the cur­rent num­ber of women who make up 12.7 per cent.

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