Curious why the ACLU did not bring this pressing constitutional/sex discrimination issue up during the height of the Vietnam draft. Hmm...
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
It's not only a physical aspect of it, but also psycological.
For example, say a squad with a woman in it were captured. Do you think it would be easier to break the other men using the female against them? I can only speak for myself, but if I were to hear a woman being tortured versus a man, it would definitely be different and I could be more prone to giving information to stop the woman from being tortured.
That's but one example of many that I could see women not being allowed in combat arms units.
Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
What is the basis for considering a position as being in combat? When your are a front line position or when people start shooting at you? For the latter, not really sure what difference it makes if you are on the ground in a hole or on a ship or plane.
I don't have any issues with this either way. There should be objective standards.
There is no completely 100% failsafe to keep females out of combat entirely, but the military does its best to limit the exposure of women in direct combat.
Women on average are significantly smaller, slower, weaker, and less agile then men. There are many tasks they can do just as well as men but there are actual physical limitations that prevent them from being as effective as men when it comes to combat.