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
One, that doesn't tell me how dying defends liberty.
Two, we can fill our infantry units will all volunteers and still man them as men only.
Three, having walked into torture/rape rooms in combat I am well aware of their effects on the battlefield. Had the victims been one of our soldiers, I doubt very seriously I would have been able to control the troops.
Four, that does not prevent young men and women from covorting and sexual tensions that can rip a unit apart in combat. I have seen two many male soldiers do 'favors' for female soldiers, and seen competition fo rthe attention of attractive female soldiers create tensions and divisions in co-ed units that, were they to exist in close proximity to an enemy, would result in needless death and quite possibly defeat (and more deaths to retake the lost positions).
Are you really willing to lead soldiers into battle, take uneccessary risks with their lives, turn your back on the differing standards for men and women (somehow believeing that these standards will magically be enforced equally), and return to someone's parents and tell them you did everything you could to save their son's or daughter's life in the face the enemy? I know of very few infantry officers who are willing to do that.
Again, perhaps when the sexes are truly equal, this may be possible. Let's start with equality is ways that do not risk life and limb. When my sons can enter the all women colleges, maybe then we can start risking lives with women in the infantry.
Battle is not a place of gender equality, it is a place were weakness is exploited with brutal results.
I know what I would do if I lined up against an all female BN, and I have a very hard time believing that our enemies would behave anything but even more brutal in response to the same thing.
There principals worth dying for, but dying needlessly for a principal whose existence your own death may invalidate is not a good idea.
What I expect from an army with co-ed infantry units along a front with the enemy is the following letter:
Dear Mr. Johnson,
I regret to inform you that your son was killed in action because the two soldiers assigned to guard duty were derelict in their duties and engaged in sexual activity.
Our deepest sympathies,
Yeah, the letter wouldn't be phrased like that, but that's one possibility.