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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

MacConmara Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 12:27 PM
This is social experimentation at its worst. While I agree that a very few women (atypical to be sure) possess the strength and emotional toughness to serve in Infantry units, we should not wholesale allow women to serve in those units. Make no mistake, war is fluid and "front lines" do not exist in non-linear conflicts, but there is a distinct difference in the mission of various units. A logistics unit's job is to repair of deliver stuff. Signal units establish and maintain communications and so on. Here is the difference, Combat support and Combat service support units defend themselves using combat skills when necessary. Combat units hunt down and kill, often eye-to-eye, our nation's enemies. We should not make women into killers.
jnovak692 Wrote: Jan 25, 2013 2:50 PM
I agree whole heartily, and those who support such a move never seem to talk about the nightmares, flashbacks and panic attacks people go through, for most, if not the rest of thier lives.

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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