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Soldier Girl Blues

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 9:04 AM
The entire concept of a physical baseline for the military is predicated on the assumption that at any time we will throw everyone in uniform (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines) into an infantry combat situation. If that situation is true, then Gender norming and Age norming are two things the military should immediately abolish. And maintaining infantry combat physicial fitness should become the primary job of every military member, taking precedence over all other jobs in the military. You do your 2 hours of PT every day and only then do you report for other duties.
Doug3370 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 10:02 AM
It's not that WE will throw everyone in uniform into an infantry combat situation. The problem is that our enemies are not entirely stupid and THEY look for ways to slag our "rear area". Hence, the need for everyone, nurses and clerks and cooks included, to be able to have it out with enemy commandos "inside the wire."
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 10:45 AM
Thanks. You just reinforced my point. Gender, Age, and as a matter of fact, Service norming of physical requirements should be abolished and a single standard military service minimum physical requirement be established. Obviously special forces and certain other specialties in the military require higher standards of physical ability.

What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama's response have been?

My hunch is that he would have accused Romney of practicing the "politics of division" or some such and denied it.

In any case, wouldn't an open debate have been better than putting women into combat by fiat? You'd think the folks who are always clamoring for a "national conversation" on this, that and the other thing would prefer to make a sweeping change after, you...