June 19, 2013

US Lags Behind Israel & S. Korea with Allowing Women in Spec Ops Units

Nobody likes change.

We’ve done several posts about women in combat and Special Ops from a wide range of view points. We  even interviewed a female soldier attached to an ODA team in Afghanistan.  The issue has never been about women being able to meet the standard or do the job, I have no doubt that women could do both. My own daughter is nine years old, and runs circles around her brothers when it comes to being mentally tough. She’s first in the water, first off the rock jump, and beats them to the bottom of the pool.  Much to my happiness she’s a straight A student, and isn’t interested in the military (sigh of relief) anyway. There is no doubt in my mind that women can perform, and meet the standards. Is the US military system structured to integrate, and will the standards be lowered are other issues all together.

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  • leiber

    There fighting Arabs armies mostly, hardly anything a decently trained Mil cannot handle, the problems arises when you are fighting an enemy that is more on equal military power where the cracks will show. That being said you should gets some vids of them shooting there rifles in swimsuits.

  • OnTheHook

    ak1134 Gunluvr You're both right.  There do exist all-female infantry units, such as Karakal.  I don't recall ever seeing a mixed-gender infantry unit, though it is entirely possible that a Karakal squad may perform joint patrols/checkpoint security with another unit.   There are plenty of women who serve in the Magav (Mishmar HaGvul) a paramilitary border police, which is responsible for security in the West Bank (spot the much darker green uniform).  Those who serve in the Magav typically are sent there during their mandatory draft.   The Magav chain of command is civilian, and is outside of the IDF. That's not to say women perform poorly.  There are plenty of female drill instructors and specialty skill instructors throughout the IDF.  A significant portion of all instructors are women, meaning they need to be better than the trainees with that skill.  I'd say that in the mid-2000s, my ballpark guess is that at least half of the instructors in the sniper schools as well as the sharpshooting school were women.  This is part of a SOF school.  During the final part of a course, if the trainees deploy to the field, their instructor(s) will of course deploy with them - both male and female.   Of course, don't forget that a "deployment" in the IDF doesn't mean 6 months separated from families and friends.  Most soldiers go home 2-3 weekends per month during mandatory service, and many missions see them back at their bases at the end of each day.  In some uni

  • ak1134

    Your wrong IDF women do patrol with men in the westbank. They run check points, respond to emergency situations and offer support. They do so in small 6-8 person teams or in company size. For the record that IDF pic above is fucking beautiful.

  • clluelo

    Agree. Nice to here from a boot on the ground.

  • Rebecca55

    Truth is women excel in sniper schools and intell and for me EOD (little Fingers to get inside smaller places) but truth be told body strength will be the a problem unless it's Helga the power lifter from Russia.  It's not mental toughness but physical prowess.