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Women in Combat: What Do You Think?

The outgoing Defense Secretary has cleared women for combat

Sweeping new rules at the Pentagon -- ordered by outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after a year of consultations with senior military officers -- require the military services to expand all positions to women -- or convince the defense secretary why those jobs should remain exclusively male.

Do you support or oppose this change? Tell us in the comments section below.

The armed services have until May 15 to submit specific plans for lifting all remaining job restrictions for women, and until January 2016 for all exemptions to be sought and changes to be put in place, according to a Huffington Post report.

Read more: Marine Corps Major Debunks Myths About Women in Combat

The changes do not require the approval of Congress, which will have 30 days to weigh in on the decision.

Andy Novick January 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM
I think it is a great idea! The Russians have been using women in combat for years! They are known to be smaller, able to get in smaller hiding spots, are more patient and better shots! Lyudmila Mykhailivna Pavlichenkowas a Soviet sniper during World War II. Credited with 309 kills, she is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history.Listen to my radio show about Pistol Packin Mama's of Bethlehem Steel http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theaudioblog/2013/01/15/what-can-easton-do-for-gun-control-laws
Rich Cranium January 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM
I think it is a great idea, helps to promote gender equality. The same thing was done in 1948 with blacks, Executive order (re)-integrated the military, I think it is safe to assume that worked out well. Besides if the women in the military can get half as mean as some of the women I know...
Nazaretti January 28, 2013 at 01:38 PM
I'll bite. Which women who post on Patch are mean enough to serve in the military? But I do think it is a good idea to let anyone serve in any military role for which they meet the qualifications.
Rich Cranium January 28, 2013 at 02:59 PM
no I mean people in real life, people that I actually know...
Nazaretti January 28, 2013 at 03:53 PM
What?? You mean Rosemary is not real???
Fae Danner January 28, 2013 at 04:16 PM
I agree with you. Now, I must say I am 75 years old and probably have a real lack of testosterone because I can't even imagine why women would want to do this?? However, if some are capable, I suppose that is their right. It seems that we are going to be encountering all sorts of gender related issues, though, like special housing and sexual encounters/interactions that will create their individual problems. Seems like more money being funneled into this when sequestration is on the horizon, if our dictator president has his way.
Andy Novick January 28, 2013 at 04:49 PM
You are so so wrong. Read my post above. Women are smaller than men spas snipers they can hide in the bush better. They have more patience they men and are over a better shot then men.
Andy Novick January 28, 2013 at 04:51 PM
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theaudioblog/2013/01/15/what-can-easton-do-for-gun-control-laws. A radio show about The Pistol Packing Momas of Bethlem.
Lanya January 28, 2013 at 08:27 PM
I think if women want to go into combat, that's fine, but perhaps there should not be mixed-gender squads. My reasoning is that, due to the mixed sexes, would it not make the male combat soldiers more distracted out of care/protection for the women combat soldiers? I would think the men would be more inclined to have a softer spot in protecting a female soldier since that is what they are hard-wired to do. Maybe I'm wrong though, but it's my first inclination.
Carol Ann January 28, 2013 at 09:40 PM
What are men afraid of? US Mainstream Media never reports about what good, bad, or ugly things women in military around the rest of the world do. Women are chancellors, priministers, and presidents of other countries. It's about time we stop holding people back on any basis.
Armed Citizen January 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM
If having a woman in a combat detail makes the unit as a whole any less effective (i.e. natural male instinct to protect the woman, sexual tensions, etc.) then they should not be allowed, because it jeopardizes the safety and effectiveness of the whole team. This is not corporate America or a video game! Soldiers in front-line combat units are trained fight and kill. There would only be a few females that could even meet the physical qualifications, but that is irrelevant anyway. Why are we Americans so eager to send our women and children off to fight and die?
Ann January 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM
My fear is that eventually standards will be lowered. The few woman that can meet the requirements should be allowed. History shows us though that when "not enough" meet those standards, requirements will be relaxed. That's when we put lives in danger.
Joe Sommers January 28, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Ann. Thank you for your voice of reason. For the one or two in a 100,000 that can actually meet the requirements why all the consternation? Again, this is Liberal bullshit being forced down eveyones throats so the Liberals can feel good that their progressive movement marches on. Hey...what about Professional sports ?? Why arent the sexes mingled ?Answer--- Because woman physically cannot compete at a man' level. If woman were allowed to play in MLB, NHL, NBA ,NFL I would quit watching and so would everyone else.
Amend January 29, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Nice to see mIsogyny is still alive and well. Somehow women are able to carry children in their womb for nine months, and endure child birth, but they're to fragile to pull a trigger. Somehow Isreal is able to do it. I thought America was exceptional. Doesn't that include American women?
Ann January 29, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Obama was getting flack for not having enough women in his administration. Also, woman are getting paid less than their counterparts in his administration...henceforth the push now! Funny how it was signed on the way out the door! Typical Obama! Amend, as a mother of 4, let me tell you that I could not hack the front line....horrible analogy.
Armed Citizen January 29, 2013 at 05:49 PM
It's people like Amend that attempt to make women, who aspire to be good homemakers and properly raise the child they carried in their womb for 9 months, feel less than adequate.
Amend January 29, 2013 at 06:20 PM
@Armed citizen- funny, I thought it was mostly women in the service who were calling for the change. How is my comment a reflection of them seeming inadequate? Seems more like those who think that their only role in life should be birthers and homemakers that do that...lest they become a distraction for men.
Armed Citizen January 30, 2013 at 05:49 PM
@Amend, your argument is purely based on fantasy and emotion. It defies logic, science and evolution. What the women "want" in this situation is entirely irrelevant to the discussion. Furthermore, your comment -"Seems more like those who think that their only role in life should be birthers and homemakers that do that...lest they become a distraction for men" is offensive and shows your contempt for women with traditional values.
Amend January 30, 2013 at 07:43 PM
@Armed Citizen- women have been in combat positions in the US military for over 10 years. They fight and die just like the men in our military do. That's not fantasy or emotion. That just is. Nor is that an attack on those women who chose to hold what you deem "traditional values". Thats just a canard, a distraction from the outright sexist notion that women can't perform and excell in combat roles. That's an arbitrary limitation being put forth by men who prefer women to remain in "traditional roles" only. it's the same bs logic that kept women from voting and from them earning equal pay even today. Like I said, Isreal has had women in combat roles even before the country was formally founded. There's your example that it's possible, and even beneficial.
Ann January 30, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Bottom line, if they can pass the test they should be allowed. The facts are though that there just won't be that many woman that can meet the requirements. The woman that have attempted thus far have failed. At what point will standards be lowered to offer more woman the opportunity?

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