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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 APACHERAT View Post
    I served. I enlisted in the Marine Corps in Dec. of 68. Went to boot camp in Jan. of 69. Got my WEST-PAC orders and was "in-country" from June 69 - July 70.

    I enlisted not because I wanted to go to Nam. It was duty to country why I enlisted. Most of us back then served because of duty to country and it was expected of us. I think because most our fathers served during W W ll played a significant part when it came to duty to country.

    Did I really want to go to Vietnam ? No. I would have been just as happy serving on a 8" gun cruiser as part of the Marine Detachment or serving my entire tour of duty at Camp Pendleton.

    I knew many who wanted to go to Nam but they started having second thoughts once they boarded that Continental Airlines flight headed for Okinawa. From their it was a Cathay Pacific flight to Da Nang. It was a loney war because most of us didn't go over as a unit but as replac ements for those who tour of duty was up. Nobody wanted to get to close to the FNG. I would discover why, if you look at the Wall with all of the names you'll notice that the vast majority who paid the ultimate sacefice were killed with in the first three months of being in-country.

    Once you were in-country you had a mission and you did it but it was no longer duty to country but survival. And you learned real quick you couldn't survive on your own. You were dependent on the guys in your team or squad. They watched your six and you watched their six. I survived.

    If I would have to do it over again and even knowing what the outcome of the was was going to be, yes.

    I grew up in a all Democrat home. I probably looked at my self as being a Democrat when I enlisted even though I was A-political back then. But by the time I got on the freedom bird I was a Republican. I looked at who got us involved in Vietnam, and saw they were the same people who backed stabbed us while we were on the battlefields of Vietnam. By the late 70's I was a conservative.

    Women serving in combat would be a huge distraction. You have a mission to accomplish while at the same time trying to survive and watching your buddies six. I think I would end up paying to much attention of watching the six (no pun intended) of a female Marine or soldier and let up on watching my own six.
    Great post. Thank you for your service! If I could "like" it more than once then I surely would have.
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    Re: Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    What if they can do the same job, more efficiently, without needing he strength?
    In my time with the 82nd infantry, despite brutal training and a propensity to consume anything the chow hall could throw at me, I never had excess strength. Strength was required from suiting up on green ramp, to stumbling to the bird, to standing in the bird and jumping up and out 1m, to the mission itself (I often jumped with a m249/saw and/or a radio)... strength, serious strength, was needed every step of the way.

    I simply cannot imagine airborne infantry operations not requiring strength that each of us occasionally wondered if we had.

    Do you have a cyborg suit you're not telling us about?

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

    Well, if they can pass the physical strength testing (without handicaps of course), same as the guys, then I don't see why a woman shouldn't be able to. I know that's probably rare, but there ARE a few women out there that could.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    In my time with the 82nd infantry, despite brutal training and a propensity to consume anything the chow hall could throw at me, I never had excess strength. Strength was required from suiting up on green ramp, to stumbling to the bird, to standing in the bird and jumping up and out 1m, to the mission itself (I often jumped with a m249/saw and/or a radio)... strength, serious strength, was needed every step of the way.

    I simply cannot imagine airborne infantry operations not requiring strength that each of us occasionally wondered if we had.

    Do you have a cyborg suit you're not telling us about?
    Tut..you men always going on about your national service..ever asked a woman what she did in the war??

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    Do you really think women in the Military want to risk their lives in combat?[W:57]

    I could not disagree with you guys more when it comes to standards of strength and endurance.

    The battlefield is not the right place to find out someone can't hack it. When I'm getting shot at, I want to know that my battle buddies on both sides can pull their weight.

    If "how much spirit or cunning they have" was all that mattered why don't we have midget Delta Force teams?

    I have already stated that I don't have a problem with them getting into these mos if they can meet all of the standards, but they haven't even started to integrate and we already have people saying if they can't meet the standard we will simply change/lower it.

    Sure training helps but physical ability matters as well. No amount of training would ever allow me to be a competitive pro basketball player, I accept that.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    ever asked a woman what she did in the war??
    Yes.




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

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    So you think that WAR is about brute force???

    Do you make baseless assumptions often? Strawman much?


    One of my past-times is the study of military history, tactics and strategy. Anyone who has studied this stuff to any degree could not possibly be as ignorant as you are postulating.

    War is about many things. Politics, diplomacy, economics, logistics, transport, communications, intel, strategy, organization, discipline, training, weapons, tactics, morale, medical assets, and more.

    When you get down to the level that infantry combat units operate on in actual combat, the primary components are tactics and who can shoot, move and communicate better.

    Now, according to some of my younger current-service friends who have spent much of the past decade in combat in the Middle East, the average grunt is often humping around 100 pounds of gear in the field. That includes weapons and ammo, survival gear, food, water, commo, body armor, helmet, NVG, MOPP or CBN gear, and more.

    Now, if you'd like to tell me that humping 100 pounds of gear on your body is NOT a strenuous physical task, be my guest. If you'd like to tell me that running around and diving for cover while wearing all that gear isn't a lot about brute force, please do.

    Again, as I've said several times, any woman that CAN do this is perfectly welcome to fight in a combat unit as far as I'm concerned... but pretending physicality isn't a factor is ridiculous.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Do you make baseless assumptions often? Strawman much?


    One of my past-times is the study of military history, tactics and strategy. Anyone who has studied this stuff to any degree could not possibly be as ignorant as you are postulating.

    War is about many things. Politics, diplomacy, economics, logistics, transport, communications, intel, strategy, organization, discipline, training, weapons, tactics, morale, medical assets, and more.

    When you get down to the level that infantry combat units operate on in actual combat, the primary components are tactics and who can shoot, move and communicate better.

    Now, according to some of my younger current-service friends who have spent much of the past decade in combat in the Middle East, the average grunt is often humping around 100 pounds of gear in the field. That includes weapons and ammo, survival gear, food, water, commo, body armor, helmet, NVG, MOPP or CBN gear, and more.

    Now, if you'd like to tell me that humping 100 pounds of gear on your body is NOT a strenuous physical task, be my guest. If you'd like to tell me that running around and diving for cover while wearing all that gear isn't a lot about brute force, please do.

    Again, as I've said several times, any woman that CAN do this is perfectly welcome to fight in a combat unit as far as I'm concerned... but pretending physicality isn't a factor is ridiculous.
    I probably would barely be able to remain standing up. Don't worry, I've got NO plans to be in the military.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Do you make baseless assumptions often? Strawman much?


    One of my past-times is the study of military history, tactics and strategy. Anyone who has studied this stuff to any degree could not possibly be as ignorant as you are postulating.

    War is about many things. Politics, diplomacy, economics, logistics, transport, communications, intel, strategy, organization, discipline, training, weapons, tactics, morale, medical assets, and more.

    When you get down to the level that infantry combat units operate on in actual combat, the primary components are tactics and who can shoot, move and communicate better.

    Now, according to some of my younger current-service friends who have spent much of the past decade in combat in the Middle East, the average grunt is often humping around 100 pounds of gear in the field. That includes weapons and ammo, survival gear, food, water, commo, body armor, helmet, NVG, MOPP or CBN gear, and more.

    Now, if you'd like to tell me that humping 100 pounds of gear on your body is NOT a strenuous physical task, be my guest. If you'd like to tell me that running around and diving for cover while wearing all that gear isn't a lot about brute force, please do.

    Again, as I've said several times, any woman that CAN do this is perfectly welcome to fight in a combat unit as far as I'm concerned... but pretending physicality isn't a factor is ridiculous.
    I know what war is about..silly boy..you have no idea where I have been do you ??

    Or what I have done..who I have fought..

    Nothing...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    I know what war is about..silly boy..you have no idea where I have been do you ??

    Or what I have done..who I have fought..

    Nothing...
    Oooo. Do tell.

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