Another issue I wanted to bring up with this situation. Once again, as with the repeal of DADT, the SecDef did not wait on the results of a survey that every service put out regarding women in combat MOS's. The results are usually published via mass email to every Marine with a .mil email address. I have yet to see them. If the SecDef and Joint Chiefs are going to make the decision anyway, then just friggin make it. Don't patronize us. Don't act like our opinion matters, because it obviously doesn't. I'm all about following orders. I'm ok with a senior officer just telling me "Women are serving combat and that's all there is to it." Fine. But what they do everytime one of these issues comes up is put out these surveys because they "care" what we think. Bogus. 58% of combat MOS Marines stated that they were against the repeal of DADT. I didn't agree withe DADT but apparently a lot of the guys around me did. And senior officers wonder why Marines don't participate in these surveys lol. Why should we? It's a waste of time. It's the equivalent of my commanding officer saying "Hey, do you think we should execute this operation?" when he has already made the decision. The military isn't a democracy. Stop treating it like one. If a douche bag civilian (Panetta) wants to make a stupid decision with the support of politicians in uniform (Joint Chiefs) then so be it. But don't ask me what I think about it when you already made the call.
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