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Women in Combat

robert3539 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:57 AM
Call me sexist (I don't really care), but that is the reality of the situation. When a pilot is flying into combat, and his life depends on his wingman (and vice versa) he needs to have the best possible pilot in the other aircraft...if that is a female, held to the SAME standards, then so be it. In most cases, it will not be.

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,...