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Women in Combat

evie10 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 9:43 AM
Without a blanket putting women on the "front lines", I would prefer to see that women who, through circumstances find themselves having to fight not be threatened with prosecution for engaging the enemy. We have had several circumstances since WWII in which women, often those leading recon units, happen upon enemy (well, that's a definite possibility when looking for them) and are forced to engage. Many do not know that woman cannot be decorated for that service and faces charges under the military code. This circumstance needs to change but not so much making the field of battle a gender-neutral, level playing field.
badgerpat Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:28 AM
Absolutely agree. There should not be any charges brought in these situations, and decorations should definitely be possible if warranted. However, I would also say that any women leading recon, or taking part in recon in any way, should have passed all the same fitness requirements as her fellow soldiers. Everyone in that unit should be fully physically capable. If that's the case, there is far less of an issue.
mshapiro Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:25 AM
Leading Recon Units is a frontline combat position. There are not nor will there be women "leading" recon units. The first thing to point out is that females are soldiers only in so much that the Feminists convinced have forced America to accept that all it takes to be a soldier is to put on a uniform that you can buy from a catolog even if you havn't even enlisted. Real soldiering requires the ability to carry a full combat pack and keep up with the unit. A thing that women can only do when they have a set of wheels under them. Not opinion, fact. just look at the Military's own statistics. Every day men who are far superior to the female "soldiers" are drummed out while women get to keep pretending they belong there. It's shameful.

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,...