As a female Army veteran, I am absolutely appalled. Do we not have enough able bodied men? I have a bunch of other indignant questions running through my mind right now, but here’s the most pragmatic one that every able bodied man who is currently serving should ask himself: Will my female buddy drag my wounded dead weight of 200 lbs (plus my attached gear) off the battlefield? I think not.
God help our beloved country. I don’t think I am overreacting. Let’s see what the next 5-10 years will bring.
Thanks for all you do–
P.S. The nasty little un-secret of course is that the military has been sneaking women into combat roles for at least the past 20 years. As a platoon leader, my slot was “P-1″ — at that time, completely cleared for the front lines. Two weeks after I left, my unit was deployed to Desert Shield, and the guy who replaced me certainly served on the front lines.
I’m not especially competent to comment. It seems to me like a bad idea (since troops the enemy can kill, wound *and* rape) doesn’t seem like a step up from troops you can only kill and wound. Also, despite the fantasy of fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the reality is that your average women is not as strong as your average man and that means rather a lot in combat. As my reader notes, this is going to wind up forcing guys in the unit to have to accomodate troops that are physically bringing the curve down in certain departments. It is also going to introduce a lot of distracting sexual dynamics, as well as pregnancy, abortion, adultery, rivalry, betrayal and other fun into unit cohesion. It doesn’t have in view the proper functioning of an army, but imposition of some egalitarian theory on reality. It’s the sort of thing a Progressive Bureaucrat imposes by main force because the military, being under orders, has to obey and is therefore a wonderful laboratory and toy shop for social engineers who just want somebody they can…. DO things to.
Keep that crap up long enough, treat troops like lab rats long enough, and it will someday occur to somebody in the military that *they* own all the guns, while the Ruling Class Experimenters in DC are just fat guys in limos. That will not be a happy day for our country. But our troops are just flesh and blood and can only take so much.