“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
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.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Some but not all women would be willing.
Just don't change the requirements. Anyone passing all tests can go for any position.
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? "
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
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.
GARY JOHNSON 2016