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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

Storm13 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 2:27 AM
At the risk of being called every negative "ist" word there is, let me say this. I am glad I am not in today's military if Panetta plans on doing this. This is not because woman aren't capable with a rifle or being professionals at their jobs. Far from it. My only issue with woman serving in combat units is the physical strength aspect of soldiering. Does anyone actually believe that a 5'-4" 110 lb female soldier (or marine) can carry a 180 lb or more wounded male soldier out of a firefight to safety? Does anyone actually think that females can carry 75 Lbs of equipment on extended patrols without "breaking down"? Physical strength is an aspect of being a soldier/marine. How many will have to die to prove it?
MacConmara Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 12:42 PM
In Ranger and Special Forces units I served in we often deployed by airborne insertion (parachute) with over 100 pounds of equipment and our weapons. I have never met (and frankly would not want to meet) a woman who can carry that load while taking the punishment. This is social experimentation.

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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