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Infantry now shut to women;
do they want it open?

Associated Press, by Pauline Jelinek

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/7/2013 5:49:51 AM

WASHINGTON— If or when the Pentagon lets women become infantry troops — the country´s front-line warfighters — how many women will want to? The answer is probably not many. Interviews with a dozen female soldiers and Marines showed little interest in the toughest fighting jobs. They believe they´d be unable to do them, even as the Defense Department inches toward changing its rules to allow women in direct ground combat jobs. In fact, the Marines asked women last year to go through its tough infantry officer training to see how they would fare. Only two volunteered and both failed

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 1/7/2013 5:56:31 AM     (No. 9102548)

Before you decide, read about Tarawa, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sfacheem, 1/7/2013 6:20:30 AM     (No. 9102577)

PMS+M16=unstoppable.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/7/2013 6:24:35 AM     (No. 9102583)

Some people just can´t let go of the women´s lib movement and this obsession of being equal with men.I don´t want to hear about women being killed in combat or be taken as POWs.

The military is one of the few remaining character building entities left in this country. It shouldn´t be used for left wing activist,social experiments. I´m happy to see women in the military because they´ll be great moms and workers at some point.I have a huge amount of respect for their dedication to the armed forces.That´s no reason to use them stupidly to prove a point.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Starlady, 1/7/2013 6:37:19 AM     (No. 9102597)

I am glad to hear that the services have not relaxed their standards, so far, so that women can meet them. If they join the infantry they should have the same standards as men.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fhancock, 1/7/2013 6:51:36 AM     (No. 9102616)

If they are allowed to join the infantry then women 18 years of age should be forced to sign up for selective service...in the name of diversity of course...how many women have ever been drafted..hmmmm?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tocsin, 1/7/2013 7:04:32 AM     (No. 9102625)

And ladies, none of these comments are meant to belittle the heroism of the Nurses(Docs?) at Aid Stations Forward, EVAC Hospitals & MASH Units.
God´s own gift, all!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: HerbVA, 1/7/2013 7:04:33 AM     (No. 9102626)

Sheer insanity. Women cannot fight.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 1/7/2013 7:38:58 AM     (No. 9102679)

Polls vary depending on the time of the month they´re taken.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 1/7/2013 7:46:03 AM     (No. 9102691)

For those who have never been there, the infantry is about much more than fighting. It is mainly about enduring.

Territory is controlled by troops on the ground with rifles. You may have air superiority, artillery at your command, and a naval blockade, but if there are no armed troops on the ground it is still no-man´s-land.

One of the primary functions of the infantry is simply to be there -- in the dirt, in the rain, in the mud. Even without supplies, with little food, with low ammo, and absolutely nothing to do but wait...

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Reply 10 - Posted by: monique, 1/7/2013 7:59:41 AM     (No. 9102719)

a far more complicated question that it would seem. my own field, EOD, was opened to women just right before I joined the service, and i did very well in it. but not many women could meet the requirements for the field (that were NOT lowered just for women), and very few wanted to do the job. there might be a few women who could meet the sheer physical requirements to be combat arms, but there are not many. Nor are there many who want to be in those fields, whether or not you have to be combat arms to be Sergeant Major of the Army or a 4 star general. Perhaps I would be more sympathetic to those men and women desiring combat arms being open to women if they had been in combat arms themselves, exposed to the fog of war or had even sucessfully gone through the training. as for selective service registration, sign ´em all up.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 1/7/2013 8:25:26 AM     (No. 9102765)

I am against women in the infantry. We do not make good foot soldiers. For that matter, I am against women police officers. When I was a child there was a requirement that the police had to be six feet tall. I see no problem with that. I don´t want to call the police and have a little girl show up.

I know why women want these jobs. There inability to do them shuts them off from promotions and increased salary. But, in my opinion, they are stealing the money.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Judith, 1/7/2013 9:00:40 AM     (No. 9102837)

I was reading a military blog a while ago. A woman soldier posted on it that they have completely different physical standards for a woman soldier, which makes sense if you think about it. There really is a difference in strength between the two sexes. It is too bad people will have to die because the politically correct nitwits ruling us, won´t recognize that difference.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: 3rdjerseyman, 1/7/2013 10:08:10 AM     (No. 9102993)

When I lived in Oregon, I was a logger for a little while. hardest work I ever did. Much, much harder than construction. Women sued to be allowed to get the job. Two bull dykes showed up- tough as they were, they were gone in hours. Maybe we should let women play in the NFL. Smae idea. Women make better intelligence officers though- but every married guy knew that!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: DocH, 1/7/2013 12:25:55 PM     (No. 9103275)

OK, postulate that women are the equal of men in ground combat. Where are all the historical examples of armies of women defeating armies of men?

Sigh. Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make insane.

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