Center for Military Readiness

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The Center for Military Readiness is tax-exempt, non-profit organization founded by Elaine Donnelly which opposes the service of gay people and favors limiting the positions open to women in the United States military.[1][2][3]

The Center was established in 1993 following the implementation of the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy under President Bill Clinton.[4][5] It is headquartered in Livonia, Michigan.[6] Its Board members include Allan C. Carlson, Frank Gaffney, David Horowitz, Frederick Kroesen, John Lenczowski, Kate O'Beirne, Phyllis Schlafly, Carlisle Trost, Claudius E. Watts III, Faith Whittlesey, and Walter E. Williams, among others.[7] Other members at large have included Linda Chavez, Beverly LaHaye, and Wally Schirra.[5]

It opposes allowing gay persons to serve in the military[4][8] and aims to limit the number of women in the military as well as the positions open to them.[4][9] Founder and president Donnelly has argued that "[w]omen in combat units endanger male morale and military performance."[10] A 2004 study of the role of women in the U.S. military called it "the most significant organization... representing the interests of individuals opposed to the expansion of women's military opportunities that might affect troop readiness."[11]

It published a report that alleged that the Navy showed favoritism toward one of the first female combat pilots during training. The pilot subsequently brought a suit for defamation against the Center, but lost because the court determined that, by virtue of her status as one of the first women to attempt to qualify as a carrier combat pilot, she was a "public figure" and needed to prove malice on the part of those who published the charge of favoritism.[12]

In 2011 the Center boycotted the Conservative Political Action Conference due to the participation of GOProud, an LGBT membership group within the Republican Party[13]

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  1. ^ Military gender ideologies in the media, Gender Ideologies and Military Labor Markets in the U.S.
  2. ^ Breaking Out: VMI and the Coming of Women
  3. ^ Same-Sex Marriage Faces Military Limits
  4. ^ a b c Andrea Stone, 'Center For Military Readiness Criticized For Lax Oversight', in The Huffington Post, July 20, 2011, [1]
  5. ^ a b NNDB webpage[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ New York Times: John Files, "Advocates Hope Supreme Court Ruling Can Renew Attention to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'," 13 March 2006, accessed February 19, 2012
  7. ^ Official website, Board
  8. ^ Official web site
  9. ^ Andrea Barnes (2005). The handbook of women, psychology, and the law. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, p. 345. ISBN 9780787970604.
  10. ^ Donnelly quoted in Neroni, Hilary (2005). The violent woman: femininity, narrative, and violence in contemporary American cinema. Albany: State University of New York Press, p. 135. ISBN 9780791463833.
  11. ^ Deborah G. Douglas, Amy E. Foster, American Women and Flight Since 1940 (University Press of Kentucky, 2004), p. 302, available online, accessed March 26, 2012
  12. ^ Rowan Scarborough (August 21, 2002). "Ex-Navy pilot's lawsuit dismissed". Washington Times. Archived from the original on December 9, 2002. 
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