Mommies marching off to war

Reply Mon 28 Apr, 2003 03:00 pm
au1929 wrote:
I know this is an unpopular view but I do not believe women belong on the battle field. It is I guess a reflection of the respect for women in our society when I was growing up. It was long before the present "enlightened " era.

It might not be as unpopular as you think, Au. that's the reason women are still limited to combat support.

I went to a basic training camp that was segregated gender-wise. I've seen the training they do now in a "co-ed" type environment, and I think its watered down.
One more point - those females who argue most vehemently for the opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder in the trenches, so to speak, are not those who would be doing the battle position hole digging. They are the Lt Colonels and Colonels who understand that commands in Infantry
are most accessible to avenues of promotion. The rank and file female I've talked to agrees with the idea in principle, but is not herself anxious to be a bullet stopper.
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Reply Mon 28 Apr, 2003 03:51 pm
Good article au! It captures the social complexity of the issue pretty darn well.
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Reply Wed 14 May, 2003 05:31 pm
Commentary > The Monitor's View
from the May 15, 2003 edition

Learning From Pfc. Lynch

Last week, President Bush brushed aside calls from some social conservatives who want to roll back a Clinton-era rule that lets women soldiers operate in combat zones. "I will take guidance from the United States military," Mr. Bush said, when asked about females on the front lines. "Our commanders will make those decisions."
With that cue from the commander in chief, the Pentagon might just decide to leave its 1994 rule as is: Women are currently not allowed in units charged with ground combat on the front lines, but they can come pretty close to it in today's no-clear-lines warfare. They can, for instance, fly as pilots over battlefields or deliver supplies to combat troops.
Leaving the rule alone after the Iraq war, however, without a thorough review, would send the wrong signal to women already in the armed services, and especially to young women inspired to join up after learning about the capture, struggles, and rescues of Pfc. Jessica Lynch and, later, Spc. Shoshana Johnson.

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