Yes, and they should be integrated with the males
Yes, but keep their units seperate from male units
No, but women should be given some basic infantry skills beyond basic training
No, women should never serve in a role where they may encounter combat
I would not integrate male and female soldiers in the same companies...at least not yet. Our society is not of a type to discount gender identity entirely, and it would be inappropriate to expect that of the military.
Women can be every bit as effective in the profession of arms as men. In an all-volunteer military, there is no reason to keep women out of infantry positions.
I chose yes but that they be kept separate from the men. Reason being that the American view of life is much different from views from other countries especially in the middle east. Men would be more likely to be distracted and want to protect the women which could become a much more dangerous situation for all soldiers in that unit. So if the men and women are separated there wouldn't be that factor and women could still go out and get dirty if they wanted to.
Women already train with the M16 and qualify with the M16. They serve in capacities that already put them very close to front line situations. They serve on combat vessels in the navy. They've been doing all this since the 1980s.
We're past the need for study. Should just make the decision and be done with it.
Why not? Yes.
If they can go through the training at the same pace as a male solider I have no problem with them on the front line.
On a side note: Anyone else think Starship Troopers when reading the thread?
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