Retired General Jerry Boykin, who serves as executive vice president of the Family Research Council, warned this week that women Navy SEALs should “expect consequences” for violating “the laws of nature.”
Speaking to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Thursday, Boykin agreed that two women who recently passed the Army Ranger course “deserved a lot of credit,” but he predicted that they would never be allowed to serve in a Ranger battalion.
“I’m on record as saying that I do not believe that women belong in infantry units and special operations units,” Boykin noted. “I wish the leadership in our military was more focused on the readiness of our military, the restoration of the services to our troops and their families than they were on social experiments.”
Boykin argued that the conditions that Rangers and Navy SEALs faced were “as primal as you can get.”
“You cannot violate the laws of nature without expecting some consequences,” he insisted. “The people that advocate for this have never lived out of a rucksack in a combat situation.”
Boykin added: “And finally, the leadership burden for that young captain or major that is leading these units that has to make special provisions for the females to have some privacy is an unreasonable burden.”
Retired Marine Captain Anu Bhagwati reminded Boykin that “over a hundred women have successfully passed Marine Corps infantry training battalion.”
“There’s your all-women force, general,” she quipped. “Also, I think the general is just wrong. Thirteen years of warfare have proven that women can live out of rucksacks in completely horrendous conditions in combat alongside men.”
“They have been in combat. They have fought in died in combat, in fact. And we should remember that.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Aug. 20, 2015.
(h/t: Media Matters)