From The NY Times
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the military’s official ban on women in combat, which will open up hundreds of thousands of additional front-line jobs to them, senior defense officials said Wednesday.
he groundbreaking decision overturns a 1994 Pentagon rule that restricts women from artillery, armor, infantry and other such combat roles, even though in reality women have frequently found themselves in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, where more than 20,000 have served. As of last year, more than 800 women had been wounded in the two wars and more than 130 had died.
Defense officials offered few details about Mr. Panetta’s decision but described it as the beginning of a process to allow the branches of the military to put the change into effect. Defense officials said Mr. Panetta had made the decision on the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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@EmilioLizardo You could always get a test tube replacement!!
What is a Kandahar 10?
Some women are manly to say the least and if they wish to be in combat then all the more power to them. However, I wonder if there is going to be a rise in rape accusations if they are in such close quarters because it can turn into a lot of he said she said? I still beleive that women and men are not created equal and men are the stronger sex. I think honestly a female Navy Seal will weaken the team. I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it.” ― Marilyn Monroe,
@SEAN SPOONTS @StormR Look, I understand how cranky you are about this issue, and I agree with you fully that for solid reasons there are jobs in the military that women should not do - both for physical and operational issues. But is not about women being equal to men, this was about women have the same opportunities as men. Women ARE equal to men - we are not less than, and I think you would go off the hook if someone suggested to the female members of your family that they weren't quite as good as men. Women ARE different than men in several ways. But different does not equate to less than except in specific circumstances. You cannot physically carry a child or give birth, but that does not make you less a parent, just the different parent. But you and your wife would equally BE parents. It isn't a feminist argument - it's the age old argument that one human being is not less than another. Different does not mean the 'whole' is less than.
@StormR Well, I don't think its a stretch to notice that the advocacy for women serving in the military at first and serving in combat units later never included the call for women to receive equal treatment when it comes to eligibility for the selective service. This is because the feminists knew there would be a quick backlash. Women serving in the military or in combat units does not make them equal to men from a gender equality standpoint. Equal eligibility for selective service would.