Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made that announcement today, opening up thousands of frontline positions for women in infantry, armored and even elite commando units. What will be the reaction when one is captured, mistreated and even executed? It is not good for any soldier to have to go through that, but are the US citizens ready for this step? This is a big change and means more equality and I am sure some women will weclome it. What do you think?
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True, they can be tough. I would not want a daughter of mine to serve though.
I am a little surprised to learn that the Canadian armed forces integrated women into all roles starting in 1987. According to a CBC article I googled, there are 7900 female personnel, and about 225 in regular combat force.
I googled it as well before I posted my comment.. I wanted to be sure before I stated that women have no barriers in the canadian military. :) We have one of the few militaries in the world with a no exclusion policy. A source of pride as a Canuck.
Good commnet and good luck in the Navy too!
Rules are bent and loopholes exist about these regulations. Looking up regulations doesn't change the fact that the Navy doesn't follow them when they can justify sending someone somewhere under the guise of another reason. Happens all the time.
I am sure a lot of women in the armed forces and out share your view.
From what I have been hearing today, there are already many women taking part in combat, just by reason of being in these wars without front lines.
They certainly are real concerns and in the news just today. Great and thoughful answer. You could write a great hub about your experience, and I hope you will.
That is a consideration for certain, yet not every man is capable of carrying an injured comrade either.
As we see from today's headlines, respect for women in uniform seems to be a big problem in The US Air Force and Academy as well. Rape cases are skyrocketing.
What a great idea the would be! There is an old Phil Ochs song called "We're the Cops of the World" which often comes to mind.
Good point about Israel and their military. There are cultural differences that make a differnce too I suspect. The "old boy" network has always been alive and well in our military in both officers and enlisted ranks, so tough new rules woud be hard.
They are like that aren't they? I saw that a Canadian woman officer lost her life in action in Afghanistan as well.
Good points, and that chivalry thing is a potential problem alright.
I've never seen it in the army. In training and combat women never get special treatment and they basically turn into "men" while they're there. I was surprised at how much men respected their female comrades and saw them as equals.
That would be a challenge in the ranks for sure.
They certainly should. Equality implies equal treatment.
That is a question that I have been pondering too. If a draft ever becomes necessary again, I am certain that women will be equally subject to it.
The current selective service registration is still all male. If you are a man ages 18 through 25 and living in the U.S, then you must register with Selective Service, seems a bit unfair really!
I wonder if this 'lifting' of the ban on female service people serving on the front lines is ...voluntary or if you are in you are in... like the guys? I'd never given any thought to the draft... why would it be reinstated? We have plenty of troops.
They have brought it up on and off for years. Not a bad idea really. The military or those who don’t want to serve could perform civilian national service.
It's an academic question, though. The draft is obsolete in a military so technologically advanced it requires a year of intensive training just to take the first step. There is no more use for human wave combat in US wars.
War always requires cannon fodder, human wave or not. Old men start them and young men and women will fight them, as has been done forever, unfortuantely.
The point is the draft isn't coming back unless the national state decides it has to sacrifice the lives of millions of Americans to save itself. I think the Americans would tell it to go jump in the lake, so under any scenario this is a moot point.
Women won't be called into selective service because they're too valuable to a society. One woman can only bear one child at a time for population growth, while one man can impregnate thousands of women.
I thought Gen. McChrystal's view on why the draft should be reinstated was interesting and made sense. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/10/opinion/lets-dra...