Elaine Donnelly is President of the Center for Military Readiness, an independent, non-partisan public policy organization that reports on and analyzes military/social issues.  Mrs. Donnelly founded CMR in 1993, following her term as a member of the 1992 Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.  She is also a former member of the Pentagon’s Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS).

My Articles

June 29, 2018, 12:30 PM EDT
President Trump and Vice President Pence at the Pentagon (Screen Capture)
May 15, 2018, 11:07 AM EDT
Much to the dismay of his critics, President Trump has taken steps to deliver on his promise to end political correctness in the military.  In August 2017, President Trump announced his intent to review and revoke Obama-era policies mandating retention and recruiting of transgender personnel, meaning persons diagnosed with a psychological condition called gender dysphoria.
March 19, 2018, 2:51 PM EDT
In his presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged to strengthen the armed forces and to end political correctness (PC) in the military.  The 2016 Republican National Platform provided unequivocal support: “We reject the use of the military as a platform for social experimentation … Military readiness should not be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.”
January 9, 2018, 1:56 PM EST
Under Article III of the U.S. Constitution, federal courts have no authority to make policy regarding the military.  Nevertheless, four federal district court judges and two Courts of Appeals have ordered the Department of Defense to recruit persons identifying as transgender, as of January 1, 2018.
November 16, 2017, 10:06 AM EST
USA Today recently reported that certain psychological conditions and behavioral problems, such as depression, drug and alcohol abuse, bipolar disorder, and self-mutilation, would no longer disqualify recruits seeking to join the Army.  Pressures to induct 80,000 new soldiers, up from 69,000 last year, reportedly led the Army to change procedures last August. 
September 6, 2016, 9:14 AM EDT
Phyllis personally inspired more than two generations of women and men to organize, volunteer, and choose their own mission.
July 8, 2016, 2:54 PM EDT
Carter was clearly clueless about the impact of what he had just announced. 
June 28, 2016, 10:24 AM EDT
Myths about gender equality in the military are starting to crumble.
June 1, 2016, 1:47 PM EDT
None of this is necessary, since women always have volunteered to support war efforts, and will do so again. 
May 16, 2016, 11:41 AM EDT
During the April 27 House Armed Services Committee markup on the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 (NDAA - HR 4909), Marine veteran Duncan Hunter (R-CA) proposed and requested a roll-call vote on his “Draft America’s Daughters” amendment.
January 8, 2013, 2:09 PM EST
Don't fall for gay activists' gratuitous slap at Pres. Obama for his potential choice of Chuck Hagel to head the Defense Dept.
November 30, 2012, 12:21 PM EST
The ACLU, representing four military women and the activist Servicewomen's Action Network (SWAN), has filed a lawsuit demanding that female soldiers be forced into direct ground combat (infantry) battalions.
November 7, 2012, 4:34 PM EST
The first step in solving a problem is to first recognize that it exists.
October 23, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT
Obama's snarky observation that “We (our military) also have fewer horses and bayonets" should not be allowed to stand. Somehow, Obama forgot the Special Operations Green Beret Horse Soldiers who road with Northern Alliance allies to vanquish the Taliban V.P. Joe Biden helped honor just last November.