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
Moreover, the sexual harrassment policy in the military is very ambigious. When I was a team leader I would often refer to one of my Marines as a "bitch" or a "pussy"...not sure how well that would go over with a lady. The waters have been muddied already.
Why should females be forbidden jobs they're qualified for and good at, why should these jobs go to men instead (who might not even be as qualified), simply because men lack the ability to behave appropriately?
It sounds like a problem the men need to work on, if you ask me.
Forbidding women jobs because of it is not only unfair to women, but it really doesn't solve the problem of men not being able to control themselves. If they can't control themselves in that context, how can they be expected to behave properly in any context? Should women be forced to wear burqas and forbidden to leave their homes unescorted, because of men's lack of self-control?
Can you imagine if society tried to deny men the opportunity to work in certain fields- especially fields that were considered heroic and honorable- because women worked there, and the women might not be able to act properly with men around?
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Based on my experience, things like that are a two way street. Men have to pay a little attention to what they say, and women have to be a little tolerant. Troublemakers are a problem without women, and will be with women.
By the way, I remember a time when a guy in squadron without thinking used a term of measurement based on female pubic hair in front of two women. He was embarrassed and scared, but they just laughed.