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The Turret Gunner Was a She

jaybird8 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 9:02 PM
If somebody is operating a turret gun, protecting me and others in the vehicle beneath, I want the strongest possible gunner up there, somebody who can really swing that heavy weapon around and reload it fast, not some woman with her little toothpick arms. I've had women with me on construction sites. They are never given the heavy jobs, because they can't handle heavy tools for long, and they don't last long on the job either. They don't have the upper body strength, nor the long-term stamina. Only in America would we be giving giving life-or-death combat jobs to women. Pure idiocy. Men are going to get killed because of this PC foolishness, (along with lots of women).

Martin Dempsey, the Army general who's now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a division commander when he got to Baghdad in 2003 and climbed into a Humvee for his first trip off base. "I asked the driver ... who he was (and) where he was from," the general remembers, "and I slapped the turret gunner around the leg and I said, 'Who are you?' And she leaned down and said, 'I'm Amanda.'

"And I said, 'Ah, OK.' So female turret gunner protecting division commander."

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