The Pelosi-Reid Congress commissioned a study in 2009 to look at gender and race factors in the US military. That study came up with the predictable result that the military is too white and too male at the top, and that something must be done about that.

The U.S. military is too white and too male at the top and needs to change recruiting and promotion policies and lift its ban on women in combat, an independent report for Congress said Monday.

Seventy-seven percent of senior officers in the active-duty military are white, while only 8 percent are black, 5 percent are Hispanic and 16 percent are women, the report by an independent panel said, quoting data from September 2008.

One barrier that keeps women from the highest ranks is their inability to serve in combat units. Promotion and job opportunities have favored those with battlefield leadership credentials.

The report ordered by Congress in 2009 calls for greater diversity in the military’s leadership so it will better reflect the racial, ethnic and gender mix in the armed forces and in American society.

Other than on the US border with Mexico, combat isn’t beanbag. And the US military is and has long been an all-volunteer force. Short of quotas, just how can these alleged problems be fixed? And what should take precedence — diversity, or combat effectiveness?

I know what my answer is, but I have no trust that the Democrats would agree. They haven’t even acknowledged that political correctness contributed to the Ft. Hood massacre.