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Women in Combat: What Do You Think?

The outgoing Defense Secretary has cleared women for combat.

Sweeping new rules at the Pentagon -- ordered by outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after a year of consultations with senior military officers -- require the military services to expand all positions to women -- or convince the defense secretary why those jobs should remain exclusively male.  

Do you support or oppose this change? Tell us in the comments section below.

The armed services have until May 15 to submit specific plans for lifting all remaining job restrictions for women, and until January 2016 for all exemptions to be sought and changes to be put in place, according to a Huffington Post report.

Read more: Marine Corps Major Debunks Myths About Women in Combat

The changes do not require the approval of Congress, which will have 30 days to weigh in on the decision.

Jenna Reese February 02, 2013 at 01:36 AM
I think to use women for social engineering experiments in an arena such as this is unconscionable, This isn't about "equality", women's rights. and this will sound crazy - but given ehat I have researched over the past decade - it fit right into the movement to control population. womb control through abortion, sterilization, govt sanctioned food additives - induced infertility and now we have combat, This is a new low by the shadow govt and gia worshippers - -
Richard Weisgrau February 02, 2013 at 01:56 AM
I am fully supportive of the policy. My concern, and I believe and hope it is unwarranted, is on the implementation level. I do not know about service branches other than my Alma Mater, the Marine Corps, from which I was discharged 48 years ago. Back then there were few women Marines and they had desk jobs for the most part. Since then The Corps has had many more women enlist. Those women go through the same basic training and the male recruits. Let me tell you that the Marine bootcamp is punishing. Anyone who graduates from it is made of hard stuff! Tough as that is, those Marines who go through Infantry Training Regiment (ITR) (most Marines do not) are headed to be front line ground combatants. That training is severely physically punishing. Some men cannot do it. Some women will not be able to do it. But those who do make it are close quarter war fighters who only care about one thing when it comes to the persons they serve with. Can they do their job? ITR is training and testing. Any woman who passes the test has earned her place in those ranks. So, my only concern is that the standards applied to women trying to go Army or Marine infantry will be the exactly the same as those applied to men. I believe they will be. As for other combat rolls like artillery, engineers, armor, etc I have am sure most women will do well. In the infantry some men do not so well, so we
Richard Weisgrau February 02, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Seems that I left a line out of the above comment. Here it is; so we have to expect that some women will not. Semper Fi, Maam. Glad to have you aboard.
Stephen February 02, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Women in combat? Gays at West Point? What will be next?
John Q. Public February 02, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Jenna, agreed. Physical standards were lowered to accommodate women in basic training, and will also be changed in AIT. They have to be, or it will be deemed unfair. My son, recently discharged, and his officer friends in Iraq were all opposed to this, as they see it as political-correctness costing lives. There's also the issue of the draft, should it be activated. Richard, in the Army, basic for women has different physical standards, for example, men must do 35 push-ups for female's 13. To make this work, we need enemy forces to adopt the same standards.
Ed Roper February 02, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Hopefully a more enlightened society free of close minded people like yourself, at least thats what I hope is next...
Hal February 02, 2013 at 04:15 PM
what a joke this country has, no more freedom than any other, just another way to make everyone as one
rob February 02, 2013 at 04:45 PM
hope they are ready to be drafted
Carl Wester February 02, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Do you understand that joining the army is a free choice for women, The choice to join a field unit is in a combat position is hers and hers alone too. Sounds like you need to take a cold shower and learn a bit about critical thinking!
Carl Wester February 02, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Think sanity and tolerance for those you do not understand.
Carl Wester February 02, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Please let me know to which 'other' you are referring; Tell me something about that 'other' and your knowledge about and experience with or in the 'other' to validate your comment.
Roger M February 02, 2013 at 09:29 PM
you're right -- that sounds crazy... REALLY crazy...
Roger M February 02, 2013 at 09:35 PM
thank you, sir, for a refreshingly INFORMED opinion, backed by actual experience and realism...

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