If there's a god, damn it she won't mind.
If there's a god, baby she won't mind.
And I'm not a woman, but I have lived for years as part of an infantry unit--I can tell you that when we were back in US we had enough problems involving civilian (and some military) women within every platoon in our company that to imagine such problems might extend to deployment would be a nightmare.
Women are perfectly capable of combat as the next guy and new restrictions like gender segregation have the effect of denying them the opportunities they have earned and deserve. There haven't been any well defined front lines since Korea (if then) and anybody in a combat zone had better be prepared for combat. Period.
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With appropriate standards, it should be doable. Of course that is not the real question, the question is should we do it. That one is going to be purely opinion, but I have no problem with women serving in combat units.
Leftist women can be used to clear mine fields. Conservative women can be used as commanders.
It is bred into humans to be "protective" of women. Men will naturally try to protect a woman soldier more than a man, and in doing so, might make a fatal or stupid decision. His natural desire to be seen as "saving a woman's life" may get in the way of a smart military or combat decision. They also sometimes have to bathe and such in very tight and non-private quarters, which I think, is inappropriate.
I think women are great in other roles, but front line combat needs to remain all men.
Last edited by dontworrybehappy; 01-15-11 at 03:17 PM.
Unit cohesion could be a potential problem, and there would need to be a plan in place before I could say whether I actually supported the full change or not. In theory, it is workable and as such I think we should at least look seriously into doing it.