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Women in Combat

Bulldog74 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 7:46 AM
I'm in my mid-50s, but I 'm sure I could still meet the minimum physical fitness requirements for basic training...and yet I can't enlist because of my age?! Why, that's discrimination! Just kidding, I can't think of anything more ludicrous than someone my age trying to keep up with a patrol of teens and twenty-somethings humping through the mountains of Afghanistan....unless it's some 120-lb woman trying to keep up while carrying 80+ lbs of equipment.
evie10 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:11 PM
I waited until age 32 to enlist (female) - trust me - those young girls drove me nuts.
Seawolf Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 8:20 AM
Good point, I was Navy, I'm a ship driver where no real strength is required compared to a ground pounder...Even with a prior 20, I couldn't go back in even at age 50 but I could do the same work as a Merchant Marine. Women do not have the same situational awareness as men, there are a few exception, but very few..That is in our DNA from millions of years of being the hunters, if you didn't keep your head on a swivel, you didn't get to go home to the cave.

A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field."

The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile run in 16 minutes, 36 seconds or less. For females of the same age,...