Ban on Women in Combat Ends But We Should Leave Front-Line Fighting to Men

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Equality! According to senior defense officials, it seems as though Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is lifting the restriction for women in the military to serve in front-line combat positions and elite commando jobs. This “groundbreaking” effort lifts the 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller combat units. This will likely eventually include inclusion into special operation forces like the Navy SEALS and the Army’s Delta Force.

Currently women already serve in combat support roles as medics, military police, or intelligence officers, but this would be the first time they’d be able to be assigned specifically to a combat role on the front lines.

Do you hear that? Does it sound like chivalry dying to you? I thought soldiers on the front lines went there with patriotism and pride in protecting the women and children back home. There’s a certain amount of machismo involved in that thinking, and I’m ok with that. It gives our men courage and a sense of virility that’s needed when facing death in a war zone.

We should also look at the physical standards required to serve in these positions. Oftentimes, soldiers need to carry 100 pounds or more of equipment in triple-degree heat. Are women capable of enduring the high levels of upper body strength needed to accomplish that, not to mention the endurance that it will require?

One hopes that for the sake of equality, women will be required to pass the same physical tests that the men do. Once we start to question whether we should lower those standards because women are not as strong as men, we have to go back to the question of whether or not women are capable of serving on the front lines.

It’s a fact that all things being equal, women are not as physically strong as men. Serving on the front lines and in special forces requires a tremendous amount of strength -- so much that many men are unable to serve in such a capacity. It’s not saying that women are inferior to men because we’re not allowed to fight on the front lines; it’s simply acknowledging that we’re different.

Besides … we’re the ones that have to deal with the menses, and the crazy emotions and the holy-crap-I’m-gonna-die cramps that accompany that lovely aspect of lady-dom. Don’t we have enough to deal with without the pressure of front-line combat?

Do you think allowing women on the front lines of war is a good or bad idea?

Image via The U.S. Army/Flickr

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NatAndCo NatAndCo

I don't think i have ever been more annoyed by something you wrote.

wamom223 wamom223

I think if a woman can pass the same exact test as the men do they should serve on the front lines but if we have to change the test they shouldn't.  Also we should make sure these women understand that their bodies are built differently from the males they work with and that they may have problems after that men don't have (like back problems.)

nonmember avatar Sally

Beyond the fact that what you wrote is grossly insulting to anyone with a uterus, if a woman can pass the qualifying standards then she has every right to be on the front lines with the men who passed the same tests. Equality means we have an equal chance as men at various positions, not that standards have to be lowered because we are delicate little flowers.

bills... billsfan1104

This is what I don't understand. How are they going to fight in battle when Aunt Flo comes to visit? Is she going to say, "hold off on the shooting, I have to change my tampon"? I am for equal things, but this is different. Both physically and mentally women are built different. To me that is how God built us and them. That's why men fight in wars and women don't.

Cel7777 Cel7777

Bills, I agree that women and men are built differently with different capabilites. I don't see an issue with simply embracing those differences rather than trying to pretend that it doesn't exist. Different isn't the same as unequal. 

Regarding the tampon issue, I imagine it would be the same as if a male soldier needed to poop, pee, puke, etc...if you're in the middle of combat, it's gonna have to wait. 

Scott Davis

When I was active duty I was a 63T, which is a Bradley 2nd level mechanic and we were considered combat mechanic. I was attached to an infantry unit. My Sister-in-law was a 3rd level mechanic and stayed in the rear. She would have had no problem doing my job. The only problem I would have is when we were in the field, we sometimes went two weeks without a shower....

SKDMo... SKDMom1020

I'm with you Bills!

nonmember avatar Katie

My husband has deployed multiple times, in high combat areas. He believes that soldiers should be respected equally however the front line is not the place for women. My own brother was rejected from military duty due to having eczema as a child. The theory behind that, was if he were to have a case of it on the battle field, there would be no way to treat it. The same goes for a woman. Stripping away accusations of inequality and discrimination, the fact remains that women have more personal hygiene issues than men do. While away training to get ready for deployment, my husband and other male soldiers went 3 weeks without showers while the women of the unit were driven to take showers on a weekly basis.. I respect a soldier no matter what their gender is, but I don't believe restricting certain MOS's to males is wrong.

nonmember avatar nicky

My husband is infantry and I simply cannot imagine and do not agree with a woman doing his job or women being a part of their teams. A bunch of filthy men at an outpost for weeks at a time not showering, being's not just about oh women aren't as strong or whatever. Its also a morale issue. Put a couple women in that situation and all youve got is DRAMA. No no no.

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