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Do you agree with the Pentagon's lifting the ban on women in combat?
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Posted 1/26/13
This is a pretty hot topic for the beltway crowd, would like to know what the rest of the world/country is thinking. Now we must understand that 9+ months of additional training for hand to hand combat/munitions will be provided to women who can meet the rigorous physical standards and this integration will be conducted over a three year interval. Due to physical needs of some positions there will be a gender neutral standard but on the other hand the DOD is toying with offering exemptions for Seal, Ranger, and Beret unit positions. I understand that almost 300,000 have been deployed to the Middle-East since the beginning of the 21st century in what has been considered noncombat positions w/ 1000 injured or dead, there is no question that some women can operate under the psychological stresses these positions will offer. And I understand that some women within the military want the ability to move up to the upper echelons within the military (thus not available without combat experience). I remember back in 2003 a soldier, Jessica Lynch went missing for 8 days after a convoy ambush in Iraq and the U.S. was in an uproar. Yes small numbers of women have fought with men throughout history but should it become the norm?
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I don't see the problem with women in combat if you choose to fight for your country/cooperate big-wigs then you should be able to do so. On the other hand if we were in a state of emergency and needed to draft them I wouldn't agree to that. It should be a choice to fight.
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As an Iraq Veteran I would never want a woman on my team or in my tank. Before any of you go off on me for being sexist theres a damn good reason. It's in every mans natural instinct to protect women whether they realize it or not. They are the future mothers of our children and the protectors of the next generation. I've known many men who have died because we didn't get them in time but knew as a squad we would only add to the dead toll if we tried. I personally have been injured while trying to protect Iraqi children while in a firefight and know that I would have done far worse to try and save a fellow American female.

Women can do any job a man can and I will always stand by that until I am proven wrong but for the safety of our boys in combat I personally think it's a bad idea and need to be reconsidered.
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Tankfantry wrote:

As an Iraq Veteran I would never want a woman on my team or in my tank. Before any of you go off on me for being sexist theres a damn good reason. It's in every mans natural instinct to protect women whether they realize it or not. They are the future mothers of our children and the protectors of the next generation. I've known many men who have died because we didn't get them in time but knew as a squad we would only add to the dead toll if we tried. I personally have been injured while trying to protect Iraqi children while in a firefight and know that I would have done far worse to try and save a fellow American female.

Women can do any job a man can and I will always stand by that until I am proven wrong but for the safety of our boys in combat I personally think it's a bad idea and need to be reconsidered.


Thank you for answering a question I've been playing in the back of my mind, what would the toll be, whether psychological or physical in a combat situation when male combatants feel their female counterpart is threatened? Yes, humans are sentient logical beings, until almost 250,000 years of instincts kicks in. And then there is the rape issue (friend or foe) which no one is voicing but everyone is thinking, not to mention sex in general. God knows stress can be the greatest aphrodisiac there is. Who is going to ride shotgun on this issue? Not to mention issues of competition and jealousy interfering in a place it does not belong.

Don't get me wrong, I like you believe that every person should be given equal opportunities but there are just a few places where this idealistic view probably will not work.
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