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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

Nathan223 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:50 PM
You are not addressing the real heart of the matter. The real heart of the matter is the progressive loss of the diversity between men and women. I do think this will have negative consequences on the battlefield, but those will be less felt than the negative consequences it has for male-female relationships overall. When men are not being the protectors and women are not being the nurturers, it will result in damage to society. It is already rearing its ugly head in the moral anarchy of the youth (I'm a "youth") of our generation. With women deployed in faraway lands, there will be no one left to keep the home fires burning, so to speak, and we will all suffer.
Nathan223 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:53 PM
I saw your response to my post. I guess I agree more than disagree, but I do think it will hamper our long term combat readiness. Our national defense will suffer because of this decision. It perhaps won't be totally destroyed, but it still will be affected because violations of male-female gender roles cannot go without consequences.
DSMike Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:52 PM
I hope they will not let just any woman serve in this capacity...just like we do not let just any man.

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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