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Thread: Should women be allowed to serve in combat roles in the military?

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    Re: Should women be allowed to serve in combat roles in the military?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    if combat were an individual sport, I would tend to agree with you. but combat is a team sport; and individual abilities are irrelevant except inasmuch as they benefit or harm the team.
    That is a good point on the team issue ... although I like to think military combat is for defense and not for sport.

    In addition ... I have developed new viewpoints recently on men and women in close intimate quarters and sexuality and in combat it seems to present impossible roadblocks.

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    Re: Should women be allowed to serve in combat roles in the military?

    Quote Originally Posted by kenvin View Post
    Really soldiers are walking miles in the desert in Iraq carrying loads of gear?

    Why don't they use the hummer? That's what we got them for.
    for a several reasons.

    1. in a counterinsurgency, the populace is what we call the Key Terrain (the feature that you need to work for you rather than for the enemy). In a truck, you can't interact with the populace.

    2. In a truck, you are highly limited in your mobility. you are generally stuck to roads of a certain soil type, grade, and width. on foot you can go anywhere.

    3. it is hard as crap to see IED's in trucks. It is much easier to see them on the ground.


    We would take multi-day foot patrols carrying all our gear, water, etc. in Iraq. Because it was far more effective than simply driving down the road and driving back.

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    Re: Should women be allowed to serve in combat roles in the military?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    That is a good point on the team issue ... although I like to think military combat is for defense and not for sport.
    well yes, but it gives people a model to work with. a "team" of fantastic star players who have cooperation issues will usually lose to the "team" of competent players who work well together.

    In addition ... I have developed new viewpoints recently on men and women in close intimate quarters and sexuality and in combat it seems to present impossible roadblocks.
    well, in any stressfull circumstances, really. especially stressfull intimate circumstances (and there are few lifestyles so intimate as an infantry squad).

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