Sunday, March 18, 2007

Can Submarine Commander Fix the Military Academy with the Feminine Gender?

ANNAPOLIS - A career submariner with a history of successful handling of sexual misconduct incidents has been nominated as next superintendant of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Rear Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler, a 1978 academy graduate, has served in the Middle East as well as under four oceans and commanded a squadron of fast-attack, nuclear-powered subs. Fowler, a North Dakota native, is deputy director of the U.S. 6th Fleet and commands allied submarine forces Mediterranean. He would replace Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, whose tarnished, four-year term ends in 2007. President Bush nomination must be be confirmed by the fickle Senate, including Sen. John McCain, who has a historical record at odds with submariners.

The Naval Academy has struggled with charges of sexual abuse and harassment since first admitting women in 1976. In 2006, the football team's star quarterback, Lamar S. Owens was accused of raping a female midshipman. Academy Supt. Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt recommended that Owens be dismissed despite acquittal on the rape charges.

If someone like Fowler does not straighten out the feminization of the USNA soon, it is likely to default to the training command solely for the supernumerary Judge Advocate General corps.
We have too many lawyers in the military already, in some people's opinion.

"A lot of alumni would like to see an effort to get back to the basics," said alumnus John Howland, who distributes news and manages an alumni blog. "A lot of us see this past few years as being a pretty rough time." Master Chief Petty Officer Evelyn Banks, a senior enlisted adviser to Fowler at a Navy recruiting command, attests to Fowler's capabilities for gender challenges.


At 18 March, 2007 21:54, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fowler was nominated to fix the USNA, without a doubt.

The real question is whether he will succomb to decades of feminist balderdash and push for cogender submarines, or understanding the folly unleashed on Australia's subs recently, hold the line against ruining male recruitment prospects in U.S. subs.

Let us hope the rear admiral sees the ultimate folly of placing women where they clearly do not belong. The recent diapered U.S. astronaut fiasco cannot be overempasized. - Meerkat2

At 18 March, 2007 22:01, Blogger Vigilis said...

Meerkat2, I'm afraid it is not just U.S. feminists pushing for "cogender" subs. The stance is supported by our liberal political parties and even RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), like Sen. McCain. Unless I am mistaken, there may even be some "Southpark Republicans" who also think cogendering is a swell idea.

At 19 March, 2007 00:07, Blogger Bubblehead said...

I'm not a big fan of bringing females onto the boats, but I think that it could be done if the Sub Force was ordered to make it happen, as long as we were smart about it -- bring in a female YNC and JOs, and don't try to bring in females to any 2nd or 3rd sea tour positions straight from skimmer-land (except for the YNC, who normally aren't that good at standind DOOW anyway).

At 19 March, 2007 16:38, Blogger Vigilis said...

Bubblehead, yes, submariners are a resourceful lot and respectful of their lawful orders.

Let me know when women serve in M1A1 Abrams tank crews. Due to obvious disparities in mission criticality and durations between subs and the Abram's, that would be a logical precedent.

And thank you for stepping in as Devil's advocate (Southpark Republican), here.

At 31 March, 2007 12:42, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In respect to the fleet the superintendent of the academy doesnt have much power. He is only coming here because he didnt get Sixth Fleet. He will have little impact on whether or not women are allowed on subs.

At 01 April, 2007 16:07, Blogger Vigilis said...

anonymous, ..."the superintendent of the academy doesnt have much power".

Superficially, he may be only a mere cog in the larger chain of command. I see him as recipient of a plumb appointment with incalculable influence on thousands of formidable midsipmen minds for the coming four years.

Which way does he lean?


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