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Women in Combat: Let them Fight!

Updated on May 3, 2012
A fairly accurate image of Boudicca
A fairly accurate image of Boudicca
France's Joan of Arc
France's Joan of Arc
Israeli women in training
Israeli women in training
US woman as a gunner
US woman as a gunner

The notion that women in the military should not be on the frontlines in combat is a modern dilemma created by men. Who, in their right mind, thinks a woman is not able to face mortal combat? Why does the US military think otherwise? There are many modern nations who allow women to be in combat, in fact, many are in Afghanistan because of the nature of that war. Iraq was the same. To a lesser extent, Vietnam, also, when war came to areas women were at.

But seriously, women have led men into combat throughout history. Two of the most famous women are Joan of Arc and Boudicca. One could say, Boudicca, was the first female warrior and leader that led 75,000 men and women into combat with the Roman 9th Legion in what is now England in 60 AD. She was a tall woman and strong. Her voice was commanding with long red hair down her back. She became the leader of the Iceni Celtic tribe when her husband was killed. After leading the tribe's first successful battle, they stormed into what is now London, which had 25,000 people. There, Boudicca's army ravaged and burned everything in sight and killed anything related to Romans. The Roman 9th Legion and others lost 30,000 soldiers. Boudicca continued her revolt against the Romans and met Rome's 14th and some of its 20th Legions, amounting to 12000 men at the climatic battle near what is now Mancetter. While she had 75,000 in her army, many were non-combative and children and none were trained. The Romans were well trained and equipped. After Boudicca's charge into the Roman ranks failed, the Romans took over and defeated the revolt.

The legends of Boudicca and Joan of Arc are true. They were very real women quite capable of leading large numbers of men and women into deadly combat. It seems the modern military world thinks otherwise. I think, they should think again.

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      flacoinohio 5 years ago

      I don't seea large amount of women flocking to recruiting offices begging to be in the infantry. At best the number of infantry candidates would fill a company. I think the largest number of women seeking infantry roles would be officers or NCO's seeking a faster promotion. Combat arms, specifically infantry (US Army) has a faster promotion rate and usually lower promotion point requirements than other military occupations. The majority would not be lower enlisted soldiers.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      There is no reason not to allow women into combat if they want it.

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      tuteramanda 5 years ago from beijing china

      are you a feminist?

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      perrya 6 years ago

      You have raised spot on issues and I agree it is American culture preventing sending women into combat roles, however, I think Iraq and Afghanistan has proven it to be doable. Many women are in support roles that take them to the front. Just because men and women are together in the field does not mean article 15's cannot be issued to violators of army regs. It can be done.

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      flacoinohio 6 years ago from Ohio

      I agree that there are women that are fully capable of being infantry soldiers, however, I have also worked with women while serving in an infantry Brigade. I witnessed male soldiers being protective of the females, to the point that they were putting themselves at risk protecting a woman that did not really need protection. The other issue is the risk of people falling in love and having relationships, even worse having relationships and then having a bad breakup. As an infantryman with combat experience in several types of arenas, I know there are other issues as well that need to be addressed when mixing genders while in deployment. First there is the personl hygiene issue, the army requires a female soldier be required to have access to a shower every other day. Infantry soldiers tend to go several days if not weeks, in some cases months without having a shower. Second there is the need for women to use hygenic products that require special disposal due to the discharge of body fluids in addition to the odor that wuld be created of a female infantry soldier would produce if she were to be in a situation where odor can give away one's postion and alert the enemy to our presence. Special concessions for housing and personal hygiene would have to be made increasing the cost of housing and gender specific supplies for training and deployments. Then there would be the issue of possibly requiring a woman to be forced to use birth control or even worse have a hysterectomy to be able to serve ans an infatry soldier, this could create discrimination issues because a man would not have to modify his body to be able to be an infantry soldier. Then there is the possibility of a woman being captured, an effective mental and physical torture for a female soldier would undoubtedly be rape, especially in areas of the world where women are considered to be inferior. How would you like to be part of the chain of command that lost a female member to capture where her torture is publically reported, imagine the guilt the chain of command would have to bear knowing that they were responsible for the safety of that soldier? The American people have this idea that sending women into combat in a combat role is inappropriate simply because the we still believe in chivalry. It is the opinion of most American people that it is not proper for a woman to be in direct combat positions is not safe and that the implications of loss of life and/or capture nad torturing of a female combat soldier would be morally, ethically, and politically incorrect.

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