After nearly 25 years since the Marines had their first female pilot, they now have their first female F-35B jet pilot. According to the National Post, “Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz, 29, from Boise, Idaho, has become the first female F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jet pilot.”
Satz, who attributes her success to diligence and hard work, trained with the Marine Corps as a naval aviator for the past four years. She recently became the first woman to finish the F-35B Basic Course, which qualified her to be an F-35B jet pilot
Capt. Anneliese Satz has become the Marine Corps’ first female F-35B pilot.
Semper Fi, Ma’am.
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) August 9, 2019
While this story is great news (I guess) it reminds me how fixated this country is on equality vs quality. Although there are ways to measure who is the best in particular fields such as flying an F35, often times those stats are set aside in the ridiculous quest to get more people of a specific gender or race into specific career fields. I truly believe this is not needed in today’s society and our ability to test individual skill sets in technically challenging fields. Bottom line, can this pilot fly? Is she prepared to kill with veracity? And can she do it better than the others that fly the F35? If the answers are yes, then I’m happy that the best of the best was chosen. If the answers are no, then we are continuing to head down a dangerous road of self-destruction for the purpose of fairness. That never turns out well, especially in a war machine like the United States Military.