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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    you have to be VERY selective on the choice of man and woman to claim that. guys always use 200 pound men vs 100 pound women.... ahhh unless you are talking about middle school girls or meth addicted strippers it is difficult to find many 100 pound women in the real world. Try a 5'6" woman should come in between 130 to 144.

    Now I seem to recall the winners of the SE Asia games being a tad smaller than us and were not that bad at close combat. The expression amount of fight in the dawg comes to mind.

    When I was in the Light Infantry I was 138. I can only think of three 200 pound guys in our platoon and they were a constant distraction, always hungry, always hitting the rest of us up for part of our C-rats. What got the ALICE humped through the bushes wasn't bulk but heart. We did make our bigger guys carry the heavier loads the longest, for us it was the 90rcl most the time. but the big guys got payback on road marches, they were put up front and told to stride the puck out.

    I'd suggest those panning women in combat quit comparing female grunts to girls you want to date and start thinking of them as vicious byotches you want having your back.
    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Asserting that now all three mile treks will simply have to take more time and that smaller, lighter, weaker soldiers will be better "on balance" is simply dishonest. Dropping the basic physical requirements of all, to be more "fair" to some, is insane. As you pointed out, bigger is not always better, but the goal of best is never attained by simply redefining it as adequate, to let more have a chance to "participate".
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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    you have to be VERY selective on the choice of man and woman to claim that. guys always use 200 pound men vs 100 pound women.... ahhh unless you are talking about middle school girls or meth addicted strippers it is difficult to find many 100 pound women in the real world. Try a 5'6" woman should come in between 130 to 144.

    Now I seem to recall the winners of the SE Asia games being a tad smaller than us and were not that bad at close combat. The expression amount of fight in the dawg comes to mind.

    When I was in the Light Infantry I was 138. I can only think of three 200 pound guys in our platoon and they were a constant distraction, always hungry, always hitting the rest of us up for part of our C-rats. What got the ALICE humped through the bushes wasn't bulk but heart. We did make our bigger guys carry the heavier loads the longest, for us it was the 90rcl most the time. but the big guys got payback on road marches, they were put up front and told to stride the puck out.

    I'd suggest those panning women in combat quit comparing female grunts to girls you want to date and start thinking of them as vicious byotches you want having your back.

    Ahhhhh.... look: I have no problem with women in combat, as long as they are trained and conditioned to the unit's required standards without regard to gender.


    However, it is most evident that there are physical differences in the genders regarding certain physical performance capabilities.

    Most of the time, in comparing a 140 lb man and a 140 lb woman, who are both comparably trained and conditioned, the man will typically have more strength and endurance, more muscle and bone mass, and will likely be a bit faster overall. If you look at athletic records it becomes quickly evident that in most sports where strength or endurance are the major factors, male athletes typically outperform female athletes on average.

    Not to say there aren't exceptional female athletes who are capable of competing with top-rank male athletes... yes there are a few, but only a few.

    Now I figure most women who'd want to be a Ranger, and are capable of qualifying under existing standards, would be exceptional physical specimens with exceptional drive and committment to excel already, so if they qual I have no problem with them doing it.

    But pretending that there aren't significant differences in physical performance capacity between the genders, speaking in terms of averages and generalities, is just not factual.

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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    Some but not all women would be willing.
    Just don't change the requirements. Anyone passing all tests can go for any position.

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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    Quote Originally Posted by celticwar17 View Post
    Yea, that's where the problem comes in for me.

    I'd say IF a women is allowed to go into combat she must succeed on the same physical requirements and have the same qualifications as the men. Currently in the military they don't.
    Women that will serve in combat roles will have to meet male physical requirements.

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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    I don't think anyone prefers to "risk" their life. There is a certain amount of risk we all take when joining the military because, well, you never know. But I hardly recall a bunch of hands going up in the air when asked, "Who wants this ****ty detail? Any volunteers? "

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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    As a Marine Vet from OEF. if they want the job, meet the requirements, and serve honorable then I have no problem in combat rules. As an MP I have fought along with my fellow female MPs with no problem, but do think females should have to sign up for selective services now.

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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?[W:

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    In my 21 years in the military I have never heard of one person be they man or woman who wanted to serve in combat.
    I'm in total disbelief at that. I dabbled in ROTC and I have a dozen friends serving overseas as enlisted or newly commissioned officers with varying degrees of service time, and in my extremely short exposure to the military I have met literally hundreds of people who desired combat arms branches or MOS's and wanted the opportunity to deploy to a combat zone like Afghanistan or Iraq. I don't know how you could possibly have gone 21 years in the military without meeting someone who didn't want to go to a combat branch and experience combat.

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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    *snort* - you think people join the military to die?

    Heck - why'd you go in? You want to die?

    No one wants to die - you're in - ask why people join . . . everyone has their own reason and no one ever says "I have a death wish"

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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    Its really easy for you lefties to say I don't have a problem with it..........Your not in the military no do you have to face a combat situation where you are laying your life on the line.........If that were the case you might have a different opinion.
    So called "lefties" have nothing to do with this.
    I would trust my life to a woman...the gun is the great equalizer..
    And these other silly things that conservatives bring up....how childish of them..

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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    All I am saying is that men don't have a choice and I don't believe women should either.
    As much as I detest this word "persons" ...persons, not men, not women should have no choice....

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