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
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Well, that is two posts in a row of ad hominem baiting.
Thanks so much for gracing us with your presence, I wonder how forlorn PF is knowing they have to do without your valuable services.
There are a couple of things that need to brought to light in this reality. The first is that men and women are not equal in everything, including ability and the way in which they are treated and behave.
The obvious difference is physical as there are no female professional football players, and there are no women winners of the Tour De France for example.
The second is that women and men, in intense sexual competition engage in very different behavior and are treated very differently as a result.
Those who think modern infantrymen no longer require great strength or endurance are kidding themselves. The average combat load is nearly a 100 lbs when you add in body armor, ammunition, water, food, batteries, radios, and medical kits. If you have never spent days in days in massive heat under this load walking patrols and think that all women will be able to take this kind of punishment you are fooling yourself.
There are women who can, but that introduces the second issue, there will always be few women in the ranks of infantrymen.
Men will behave as men do, and when they are 19 years old it is a safe bet that many men will simultaneously fall in love with the few women, anyone who has seen the 'queens of Iraq (for a year)' will know what I am talking about in general, and will see clearly that it will be magnified many times over in a fierecely machismo environment like an infantry platoon.
The simple fact of the matter is that the infantry's mission is to close with and destroy the enemy, and it must behave in a cohesive manner that same sex environments help to create. The sexual competition is fine in the barracks, not so helpful when the bullets start flying in reality.
The infantry exists to deliver victory for its nation, not a social tool to address percieved or actual injustice. When women only schools are eliminated, whose necessity is clearly not life and death, then maybe we can start addressing things like allowing women to serve in the infantry.
To argue strength isn't important anymore is just beyond ridiculous considering the outfit and gear alone, let alone other tasks one might have to do.