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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

MacConmara Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 12:35 PM
I agree that in strategic missiles, pilots, and such that, yes women can do it. It is not a function of intellectual ability. Infantry soldiers are specifically trained to kill. I have commanded numerous combat units and know this. I need a human being who can lift great weight, endure punishing environments, kill an opponent on command or on their own - sometimes with their bare hands. I need a person who can lift and carry to safety 95% of the people in the unit when they are wounded. I need a person who will not be a romantic distraction. I need a person who cannot get pregnant and therefore be sent home. We need men in infantry units. Men bond well with each other, they are the perfect gender for warfare as history has taught us.

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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