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Majority of Voters Favor Full Combat Roles For Women

HermanBB Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 1:48 PM
In theory (at least) women cannot get promoted as far as men in the military because they lack combat experience. Maybe away around this is an affirmative action type program where women receive the equivalent of combat experience by fulfilling other job requirements.
Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 2:48 PM
females have been promoted at astonishing rates in the military since 1980. Irrespective of their competence.
David1735 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 2:46 PM
uuhhh. . . Women already do get preferred consideration at promotion boards. Bank on it. No matter what anyone says.

When I was stationed at the Naval Academy the "party line" was, "The women are doing everything the men are doing, and doing it just as well." That, of course, was bogus. They were doing everything they were ASKED to do, but their physical requirements were much lower than mens'.
Lepanto Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 2:04 PM
If you check the official biographies of most of the military's General Officers most have never been in direct ground combat.
Happy Jake Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 1:58 PM
So, what, make a logistics planner the commanding general of an infantry division? Make a maintenance officer the commander of a fighter wing? Make a doctor or a chaplain the commander of a Special Operations command?

There's plenty of MEN who don't see those commands because they don't have the requisite skillset, but rather, they specialize in critically important support roles rather than the primary mission of the unit. Promoting someone just because they are female, or black, or Muslim, or Christian, or white, or male is lethal folly.

Last week as a last hoorah, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women serving combat even though women have been serving in combat for quite some time. Now, a new Rasmussen Report shows 59 percent of voters favor women serving in full combat positions.

Most voters think women in the military should be able to fight in combat just like men do. But they still believe overwhelmingly that women need to pass the same physical tests as men if they’re in special forces like the Green Berets and Navy SEALs.