Nobody likes change, just ask the military pilot ranks that saw the integration of females in combat aviation roles. However, change can be a good thing, especially when it comes to leveraging the opposite sex in Special Operations. I wrote this piece to perturb people into thinking about this issue. Welcome to the 21st Century folks. It’s only a matter of time before females enter the rank and file of US Special Operations.
The First Female Navy SEAL
The U.S. is in the dark ages when it comes to utilizing women in the US Special Operations community. Female Navy SEALs, Green Berets, and Combat Controllers? Why the hell not? In all fairness the Army beat us to it with the first female Green Beret, Katie Wilder.
Hard line thinking coupled with fixed ideology gets you nowhere. The same thinking is what slowed down women serving in combat in the Military and prevented Gays from openly serving their country. Regardless of your religious or political views, I’ll side with the great Economist Milton Friedman when he says that every human being has a desire and right to be free to choose.
I have no problem serving alongside females or people with different sexual orientations. I’ve been there, done that and had my ass saved by more than a few. I don’t call them anything but Warfighters. I’m glad to see that the facticity of reality has finally overpowered hard line fundamentalist thinking in the Military. There’s a reason people like Michael Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation do the things they do.
So why does the U.S. lag behind other countries like South Korea and Israel (see this link with the female operative) when it comes to training women for covert Special Operations Units?
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