January 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm
The cartoons do not show her lifting 130lbs of gear, ammo, water, medical supplies, her personal weapon, food, extra clothing, or female hygeine needs( not that she'll get much of a chance to use those, in between her once every two weeks shower), and humping in the 130F heat for 5-30 miles, usually uphill or up mountainsides.
Combat isn't getting shot at, or driving into an ambush or IED then running away. Combat is purposely looking for a firefight, and staying there until the other side can no longer fight.
This decision, especially when acceptance becomes forced, will get Soldiers killed. There's a reason no woman plays in the NFL...
January 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm
Can't say i disagree with you....plus, what happens if they get captured? THe enemy treats women soooo much worse....
January 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm
January 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm
I fully agree about the physical aspects of the job but there will be some strong willed women that can overcome that obstacle. My main concern would be that women are used to being the nurturing and caring gender, so could she emotionally deal with pulling the trigger and killing someone. If you've ever had to do that, it's a life changing ordeal, and not to be taken lightly. (Insert joke about PMS overcoming any hesitancies to pull trigger).
The other part of that scenario would be.... how many men would be killed looking after, shielding, saving these women. That is just human nature for the men to look out for the women.
January 31, 2013 at 5:58 pm
I personally think that putting women on the front lines is a huge mistake! dumbing down america, and political correctness will ruin the united states of america. everyone now questions if a person is there (in a position) due to their gender or race or ethnicity or what ever..... is that person really the best for that job?
Loretta Voight Gottlieb:
January 31, 2013 at 6:11 pm
exactly. Is that PERSON best for the job. SOME women are stronger, and faster, and more accurate with a weapon than some men. So why paint everyone with the same brush, Mark? NOT all women will be in front line.......not all men will be either. so we should EXEMPT all women from front lines because it is too hard to figure out who should be there and who should not? progress is coming whether we like it or not. Israli women have been contributing to their military for years......
January 31, 2013 at 6:27 pm
the point i look at is , are they putting women (for instance) on the front line because they are women or are they the best choice? if it is just to show how far we have come, then it is a big mistake . as it is now women are let out of a lot of requirements that men must meet so again i ask what is the purpose?
January 31, 2013 at 6:34 pm
so many physiological and psychological differences between the sexes(thank goodness) that the way combat is handled ........????? it will be an experiment !!
January 31, 2013 at 11:55 pm
women are now PERMITTED to be on the front line........not required. it is an experiment for an ill equipped man to be on the front line. If you want guarantees in life, the front line is not where you should be. There is no guarantee that another man will have your back either. Sexism is sexism..........plain and simple. If a QUALIFIED............operative work, qualified........woman can do the job, she should be able to. Change can be a good thing.......not just an experiment
February 1, 2013 at 10:56 am
yes all should be on equal ground. everyone meets the same quals. applications shouldnt even ask race or gender. if you cant do it , you just cant do it!! all i am saying is dont get people get killed trying to make a point over gender.