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Women in Combat

michigander4 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 3:41 PM
Sheeesh! I was only trying to give a simple analogy of mechanical vs hydraulic control systems, and you morph it into me claiming that flying a fighter plane is the same as driving a car. That ain't what I said! Double Sheeesh! Otherwise a good discussion.

A senior Defense Department official said the ban on women in combat should be lifted because the military's goal is "to provide a level, gender-neutral playing field." I'd like to think the goal of the military should be to have the toughest, meanest fighting force possible. But let's look at "gender-neutral playing field."

The Army's physical fitness test in basic training is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. The minimum requirement for 17- to 21-year-old males is 35 pushups, 47 situps and a two-mile run in 16 minutes, 36 seconds or less. For females of the same age,...