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There Are Certain Areas of Our Armed Forces Where Women Should Not Be Allowed To Serve...

Updated on June 19, 2013

There Are Certain Areas Of Our Armed Forces Where Women Should Not Be Allowed To Serve….

Because of the contents of this blog, I am probably going to hear the lyrics quoted from song writer Helen Reddy’s feminist anthem:

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'Cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

Yet notwithstanding the equality lyrics cited above and in addition to all that is lauding about Secretary-of-Defense Panetta’s order to allow women to serve in all areas of our Armed Forces… I still have reservations and believe that said areas like the Army’s Infantry or being on the ‘front lines’ with the Marines should not be allowed for women, unless they passed the physical training men had to overcome to serve. When I was in the Army, if I recalled correctly, the push-ups the ladies were doing were easier and much different from what myself and the rest of my fellow male recruits were doing to pass Basic Training - granted that was way back in 1985. In addition, when I served, I was a healthy 186 lbs and had I fallen… the average female Infantry soldier - were they then allowed to serve in that capacity - would not have been able to carry me, even if it were only wheel-barrow-style; If I am going to be honest, I did not meet many women recruits then or now who could carry their fellow male soldiers who might need assistance… if fallen due to some combat injury.

I must underscore that my reluctance for not having women serving in these specific areas of the Armed Forces is predicated on the fact that the physical standard for passing Basic Training not be curtailed for all Armed-Service personnel, including women. Note, that I am not saying anything about pilots or Submarine-Commanders because these respective areas of duties do not require brute strength to master the mission in tactical situations for the Army Infantry or the Marines. There are certain duties in the Armed Forces that require the strength of a man and that the typical woman cannot do because of the differences in the species - it is why in Civilian life… women do not compete in the National-Football- League or men’s basketball because they simply do not have the physical attributes. Show me the women that are competing among the men in these two sports named…were the attributes needed to perform in the Army Infantry and the equivalent for the Marines only required mental faculties, it would have been OK for women to serve; that is why I have no qualms about those Armed Forces duties that do not require the brute-strength of men like being Pilots, Sub-Commanders, etc. Case in truthful point, anyone who have seen the movie, Zero-Dark-Thirty, which depicted the mission that killed Bin Laden… will noticed that it was a woman working in our CIA Intelligence whose valiant efforts put all the pieces together that netted the Al Qaeda leader - yet all the members from the Seal Team that prosecuted the actual mission were men!

There are those who will want to satisfy some Feminist agenda with what will be tantamount to photo-ops by allowing women to serve in all areas of our Armed Forces, instead of concentrating on what is best for the health of our combat forces. I also hope that the country is psychologically prepared for seeing gruesome images of our female captured soldiers being raped and tortured - and there are those who are already saying that male soldiers get rape too, which is true… but I will venture to say that because of the almost, universal disgust for homosexual acts that you will not see it on You-Tube like one would see in the rape of a female soldier. There are reasons why those of us who are parents do not want our daughters to be in college dorm-rooms with males. Years ago in Germany and Washington State, I was assigned to the Infantry and I had to spend an average of three months or so in tactical combat training in the mountains… which included sharing a pup tent with a fellow male soldier. Who would want their daughter to share a pup tent or a Fox-Hole for three-months-stretches in those combat-like training scenarios with male soldiers… this is what we are asking for when we are clamoring for all areas of our Armed Forces to be opened to our daughters. Now you can go ahead and sing the rest of the lyrics below to Helen Reddy’s women’s rights anthem:

Oh yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
'Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'Cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman


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    • MasculistFeminist profile image


      5 years ago from Australia

      I am a male and I have an instinct to protect people, not just females. I don't really want to see a male soldier captured, tortured, raped and then beheaded on You Tube anymore than I want to see a female soldier go through those same dreadful things. The gender does not matter to me. I have equal empathy for both genders.

    • Superkev profile image


      5 years ago

      The bigger question is, are we ready to see a female soldier captured, tortured, raped and then beheaded on You Tube.

      I think we are not nor should we ever be. There are some areas where females should just not go, I can make arguments about unit cohesion and the innate male instinct to protect females, and all those are valid. I am not willing to see one killed horribly on You Tube, and you know good and well it would happen should one ever be captured.

    • Verily Prime profile imageAUTHOR

      Verily Prime 

      5 years ago from New York

      Yes - they have earned and are earning our respect, but in those specific areas... like carrying a fellow infantry fallen soldier - can the average female do so?

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      5 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      I can not speak for all males who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, but as a retire member of the U.S. Army of which I served 27 years in the Military Police Corps I can assure you that each female miltary police whom I served with in high risk area's over the years have earned nothing less than my utmost respect.


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