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Women in Combat

Elisabeth26 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 12:19 PM
As a woman, I appreciate Dr. Williams' perspective on the issue of women in combat. I quite agree with his hypotheticals and the statistics he quotes to support his position. I agree. Women are not as physically strong nor hormonally aggressive as men. Period. Where a woman can meet the same physical requirements as men, she shoud be allowed to serve. Where she cannot, she should serve in other capacities that are more fitted to her strengths -- not the least of which is combat aid (first response) and organizational capacity. I fully support universal draft registration and would like to see the draft reinstated -- the military can provide training not presently being provided in most homes (responsibility for self and actions).
45caliber Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 1:28 PM
I agree. If we can't get enough men into combat roles, then we should use the women to take the place of the men in the rear who are clerks, etc. so they can go to the front. And I think every child should be drafted out of high school for a year. That would get them some training in case of war and would mature them so when they go to college after, they would be more interested in a career and good grades than in parties. It would even be possible, if they don't like military after basic training, to use them in government projects such as Head Start and repairs to government housing.
Jay Wye Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 2:15 PM
No,women do not belong in the military,period. In combat,clerks often find themselves behind enemy lines. Battle of the Bulge,for instance,or Afghanistan. EVERY soldier is a combat troop. If the position is only clerking,than a civilian can do it.
3129 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 2:17 PM
My daughter served in Afghanistan. She had friends who were Spec Op types that came back to the base in plastic bags. She was once reprimanded for drawing down on some Egyptian truck drivers who refused to follow her orders while guarding the entrance to Qandahar. Her MOS was repair of night vision and air defense systems for aircraft. In basic training she was the most successful patrol leader because she could spot sniper positions better than the men. However, she had no business being out in the sand box with the Rangers, and the Army knew it. Viva la revolucion.

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,...