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Soldier Girl Blues

Ginamero Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 8:39 AM
I'm 5'11" broad shoulder and big hands. I've played sports my entire life and grew up in a very male dominated house where the entire family (save the girly girls) worked the male dominated family business. I carry what I hear is a presence that says, " Don't F with me." I've been told more than once during job evaluations that I'm smart, adaptable, have a strong skill set, but I'm too aggressive. I'm heterosexual. I've had more than my share of fist fights over honor and territory. Yet, with all that - I do not want to be in a combat position. When I was younger I had always thought of myself as 'just short of a dude.' But from middle age I can clearly see that I was never near the kind of man it takes to be a SEAL or front lines
Ginamero Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 8:43 AM
combat. The most I ever benched repeatedly was 150 and I could barely pull myself by arms only anywhere. I could push 350 with my legs repeatedly and if having to pull weight up, if I could get my leg wrapped around something I could get over. As typical of a woman, my strength was in my legs. The government my be able to give me a shot to keep my menses away for months at a time but lack of testosterone in my formative years made me weaker. I've been in 'friendly' cage matches with men my own size and while I could give them a run for their money...I never won. I'm mean as hell so it was not for lack of desire to 'put a hurt on someone' it's that they were stronger and bigger. Some women may be able to do it - but as tough as I was.
Ginamero Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 8:45 AM
I could not. This came about because of government imposed glass ceilings. Was there no other answer to this problem? Soldiers in combat and combat training advance quicker and make more money. Great minds could have come up with an answer other than - let the little girls try out for SEALS and Rangers but drop the admittance for all...wrong answer.
Ginamero Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 8:55 AM
I have a very deep and commanding voice. I have 3 sons, a long term husband, and two male dogs. I'm surrounded by it. The dogs run when they hear me get angry and my sons have all think I can 'take' daddy. (Not true - we are the same size but he could hurt me simply by virtue of being male) and are more terrified when I get angry than when their father is upset. By the time my oldest is 16 the only way I could take him in a fight is if he holds back because I'm mom or I fight from experience and fight dirty. Women in combat is crazy and I'd be terrified to have my name in a draft to send me to the front lines.
Arkay66 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 9:39 AM
Having three kids and not being within the registration range of 18-26 pretty much takes you out of a potential draft. Further, the rule being relaxed was for assignment to certain types of units, not for opening the Infantry to women. Not every position in a combat unit is a combat assignment -- they need support personnel, too.

Unless/until the Army and Marine Corps come out with specific instructions on assigning women to the Infantry or Special Forces branches, which ain't gonna happen, relax.

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...