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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

HermanBB Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:14 PM
Will a certain number of male combat soldiers be more focused on protecting the female combat soldiers than trying to destroy the enemy?
3204 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 8:07 AM
yes. I saw when I was an enlisted soldier. We used it to our advantage when attacking mixed logistic units (in exercises.)
James____Tx Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:20 PM
DSMike Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:19 PM
No, training for combat soldiers is very rigorous...no more than you would look out for any other soldier...I would actually be worried for the other side of the problem...the perception that the woman is not pulling their own weight and leaving them to die.
Corndog2 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:23 PM
DSMike,

Your statement is inaccurate. Training is rigorous; however, psychological testing has proven that in situations such as combat males will disregard their training and take actions to protect females. It's in our DNA, and no amount of training will change that.
Nathan223 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:27 PM
Affirming the previous poster, training has little to do with this and a soldier's natural instinct and possible ethical conviction will take over from the training. You cannot completely remove that natural order from consideration by merely doing the appropriate drill enough times.
DSMike Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:29 PM
Women have been on the battlefield for a while, took fire with some...they were MP's but were good under fire...no problems.
Nathan223 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:41 PM
Your problem, DSMike, is you see this as some kind of attack on women from us Traditional Conservatives. You are wrong. The actual position of real Conservative Traditionalists is that men and women have separate roles to play in society, and one of the male roles is to protect women. By putting women in combat roles, you are subverting those roles. Doing that is bad news for everyone involved because it devalues true human nature and will result in negative consequences, not just in combat, but even within marriages and families who have no service members in our society.
DSMike Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:46 PM
I actually agree...I am talking nuts and bolts...not what it will do to society as a whole...I am a traditional Conservative...more like a Constitutional Conservative.

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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