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Whether it's gays or women, my entire argument on this subject, is that the decision should rest solely with the field commanders. Not agenda driven Washington politicians.Washington can stick with starting wars. Let the people that are qualified, make the decisions as to who is best able to fight them, and where they are best utilized. Period.If the commanders say that women on the front lines and open homosexuality will enhance our military might and combat readiness, so be it.I think we all know what the commanders think of these orders that are coming from idiot politicians.
Hey my attitude is you want equal rights, fine get your asses on the front lines LIKE MEN HAVE BEEN DOING and have an equal chance to come home in a body bag... coz if you can't pull your weight thats where you are gonna end up....register for the draft too.
I came up with another theory:It may have nothing to do with women's or gay rights. The system is already overwhelmed with cases of PTSD, suicides, and a variety of mental disorders. I can't help but wonder if this is a deliberate move on the part of the Obama administration to feminize and weaken our military.http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/09/military-times-poll-wait-for-ptsd-tbi-treatment-091411w/
I know solar and some others hate Wikipedia as a source but I thought it would provide a quick and easy source for what the Russians experienced with women in combat. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_women_in_World_War_III think in Israel women are in the military too but I did not check on that. I think a lot of the concerns expressed here have some merit but in many cases could be applied to others in the military as well. Would a soldier not attempt to help a best friend. The sex stuff is going to happen but who would be able to perform when bullets and bombs start landing next to you. I think very few women will be able to meet the standard. I saw last night that most males do not meet the standard to even get admitted to the military and then an even smaller portion make it through basic. So the number of women that would qualify will be very small and of those that could qualify how many would want to go that route. As far as rape well that is a known problem before they get captured and it seems the military is better at turning a blind eye. The reality is that women are fighting and dying already. For me the biggest concern is that the military and its commanders are forced to change standards to allow entry of those who really do not measure up. Granted most women cannot drag a 250 pound guy back into cover but there are some men that cannot either. But there are a few who could and if they can stand up to the requirements let them in. Oh and the comments about women not pulling their weight. Well that is an example of what cannot happen. I think the best women soldier is probably better than the worst male soldier so the problems associated with women are just different than problems associated with men.