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    Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

    WASHINGTON -- A military advisory commission is recommending that the Pentagon do away with a policy that bans women from serving in combat units, breathing new life into a long-simmering debate.
    Though thousands of women have been involved in the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have done so while serving in combat support roles -- as medics, logistics officers and so on -- because defense policy prohibits women from being assigned to any unit smaller than a brigade whose primary mission is direct combat on the ground. On Friday, a special panel was meeting to polish the final draft of a report that recommends the policy be eliminated "to create a level playing field for all qualified service members."
    If it were approved by the Defense Department, it would be yet another sizeable social change in a force that in the last year has seen policy changes to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly for the first time in the military and to allow Navy women to serve on submarines for the first time.


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    Are you ****ing kidding me?

    Reality check, women cannot, as a general rule, physically handle the rigors of combat. This is why female PRT and male PRT are DIFFERENT. How's the platoon going to handle one or more members unable to carry the normal full load out of equipment into the field? Start there, work your way through the rest of the reasons women aren't in combat roles.

    This isn't just dumb, it's politically motivated politically correct stupidity that's gonna get people killed in the name of "fairness".
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    Re: Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

    Roger that. I would advise some pratical guidelines...

    - Devise meaningful combat qualification screening for females
    - Segregated combat units
    - Mobilized female strike forces

    Offhand, I can't think of too many other modifications due to gender differences.

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    How's the platoon going to handle one or more members unable to carry the normal full load out of equipment into the field?
    See above.

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    Re: Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Roger that. I would advise some pratical guidelines...

    - Devise meaningful combat qualification screening for females
    - Segregated combat units
    - Mobilized female strike forces

    Offhand, I can't think of too many other modifications due to gender differences.


    See above.

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    I think on this one, we'll just agree to disagree. Fair enough?
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    Re: Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Tashah,

    I think on this one, we'll just agree to disagree. Fair enough?
    Fair enough by me Vic.

    This is at least the 10th thread here at DP that mud-wrestles with this subject.

    At this belated juncture, one post should be all the indulgence anyone really needs.

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    Re: Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

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    Re: Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Fair enough by me Vic.

    This is at least the 10th thread here at DP that mud-wrestles with this subject.

    At this belated juncture, one post should be all the indulgence anyone really needs.
    It's only up cause the panel is recommending the changes. I understand where you are coming from, I do, and I respect that.
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    Re: Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

    If women can pass the same requirements as men, and go through the same training as if they were men, I would see no problem with allowing them to enter combat units.
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    Re: Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Maybe someday I'll share that experience.
    Yes, please... It is pertinent to this thread.

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    Re: Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Roger that. I would advise some pratical guidelines...

    - Devise meaningful combat qualification screening for females
    - Segregated combat units
    - Mobilized female strike forces
    I don't disagree with any of these propositions in practicality, however, I also don't think that such a plan would ever be accepted by the political interest groups that have a stake in this. And I think that political impositions upon warfighting strategy rarely have anything to do with practicality or actual common sense.

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    If women can pass the same requirements as men, and go through the same training as if they were men, I would see no problem with allowing them to enter combat units.
    At this point in time, women are not expected to pass the same requirements as men. Do you think that will change overnight? Or ever?

    Not to mention the other problems I could imagine from having coed infantry unit placed in a FOB for months, alone in ****ty conditions...
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    Re: Women Should Be Allowed in Combat Units, Report Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    If women can pass the same requirements as men, and go through the same training as if they were men, I would see no problem with allowing them to enter combat units.
    And if during a combat mission they have to share the same tent or foxhole with another guy.......thats not going to be a distraction when there focus should be totally on fighting the enemy???? What about when they get taken prisoner by a bunch of males from the enemy forces? What happens then? I think you know.....

    No... this is a bad idea, while I'm all for women in the military... frontline combat units should stay all male. This is not the civilian world and the purpose of having an Army is not to be an equal opportunity employer, its to defend the country & defeat the enemy.
    Anything that might be a distraction from achieving this is not a good idea as this will only serve to get more people killed.

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