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.
Also, worth noting that other countries like Israel, and S. Korea have successfully integrated women into Spec Ops units. Israel granted full access for women to all combat programs (from pilots to Special Ops) in the 90’s.
The SK White Tigers
The main issues that the military must face is the brash/candid environment, and close quarter culture of a Special Operations unit that would make most civilian HR managers blush, and send most military Public Affairs Officers running to their JAG representatives for advice.