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Women in Combat Spells Trouble

Conservative abroad Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 2:44 AM
Put a woman on a men's basketball team and see if they do better. The situation we have right now is that we are the NBA in terms of equipment and training playing against high school teams. It wouldn't matter if we put a few WNBA players on the team, we would still beat the weak enemies we are facing. The test comes if we ever had to face another NBA team like China or Russia.
Jay Wye Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 7:19 PM
that's "politically correct" garbage,because every man is required to carry the same load,regardless of size or stature. if a soldier is required to carry 100 lbs,they ALL have to do that,not just the men. the TASK requires it.
cambeul41 Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 6:02 PM
I am not sure, but I think I heard that "gender neutral" does not mean all meet the same standard, but that, for example, If a man has to carry 100 pounds, the "gender neutral" load for a woman might be 70 pounds.
LibertyValence Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 8:24 AM
I do agree really, but trying to be objective. I spent 25 years as an Army infantryman. I don't care who is helping me fight or carry the load, I care who is not. I do not support women in infantry units for all the reasons stated. Men have lost their lives protecting their buddies forever. I do know that the authority, no matter how distateful it is, has made the decision. Standards must be gender neutral for this to have any chance of success because it will filter out those who cannot carry the load or perform the required tasks - men and women alike. We can deal w the decision makers during elections as long as we do not get distracted by bright and shiny things.
19john37 Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 8:02 AM
Mr Difar Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 8:01 AM
There is no "but". Women on the battlefield will get US warriors killed. They cannot perform to the standards of men. Some unique women might meet current physical standards, but that is moot because the requirement to promulgate new "gender neutral' standards has already been issued by Joint Chiefs.
LibertyValence Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 2:58 AM
Your point is well taken.But remember when you force others to play at your level, they get better . If women are required to perform at a certain level to succeed, they will perform at that level or not succeed unless they get a free pass on the standards.
With little discussion or fanfare, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women in combat that has been in effect for as long as there has been a U.S. military. Feminists and some women serving in the military are applauding the move as a victory for equal rights. They claim that justice requires nothing short of opening all positions to females, regardless of the consequences to combat effectiveness, unit cohesion, or military readiness, factors whose importance they minimize in any event.

What is perhaps most striking about Secretary Panetta's action is that it reverses the combat exclusion policy that...