This all reminds me of GI Jane (the movie) It was politcal then, and is politcal now. There is no WAY in hell a general sends in women into direct line of fire if they can help it, and the first one that does, and has the result that is fairly predicatble will be relieved of command. All this, sure if they can handle the physicality of it, then let them nonesense is missing the obvious political chest puffing this all is. All this is is some powerful womens lobby group (over the years) not being able to see the forest through the trees. -Or-, if you like, as long as it ain't my daughter the message is more to further womens perceived lack of equality and is worth the sacrifice of a few daughters to get the recognition. Politicians, like elitests, have never in the history of mankind, ever had a problem letting someone else take it up the you know what, just so long as the bigger picture is realized, and or furthered.
This will all be great until females start coming home in body bags at the same rate men do, then see how long this little social experiment lasts!