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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

deestafford Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 6:38 PM
maximum extend of his ability. There was a test by the Marine Corps whereby they sent two females who were in outstanding physical condition thru the Marine Officer Infantry training and both flunked out. One said not only did her body give out it started consuming itself; her legs would buckle; and, among other things she could not keep up in the simulated firefights. People are drawing the wrong conclusions as what combat is based on what they see in Iraq and Afganistand. What they
deestafford Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 6:49 PM
break things...not to be a social experimental organization to placate the "equality" desires of the liberals.
deestafford Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 6:48 PM
These decisions made by the Joint Chiefs of Staff show what perfumed princes we have at the general officer ranks in the military. Either they have completely lost touch with what ground combat is, if they ever knew, or they are being politically correct to protect their careers. I fear it maybe a little of both. This policy will cause people to die on the battlefield. The purpose of the Infantry is to kill people and
deestafford Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 6:44 PM
see is soldiers riding in humvees and walking on patrols thru villages. That is not the normal combat activity of the Infantryman. I have commanded seven units and some of them had females in then. I can catagorically tell you that the women in the unit could not do the tasks of the Infantryman even though I put them thru some small fire team actions which they would be required to do on the battlefield if necessary. They just cannot do it physically.

On his way out the door as Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta has lifted the ban on women serving in combat roles on the front lines of our wars. More from AP:

Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's...

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