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What do you think of the announcement today that women will be allowed to serve in combat?


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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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    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.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    True, they can be tough. I would not want a daughter of mine to serve though.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    Good commnet and good luck in the Navy too!


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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    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.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    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.


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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    That is a consideration for certain, yet not every man is capable of carrying an injured comrade either.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    I am sure a lot of women in the armed forces and out share your view.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    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.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    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.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    They are like that aren't they? I saw that a Canadian woman officer lost her life in action in Afghanistan as well.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    That would be a challenge in the ranks for sure.

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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    Good points, and that chivalry thing is a potential problem alright.


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    Jim Higgins (xstatic) 4 years ago

    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.

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    Attikos 4 years ago

    They certainly should. Equality implies equal treatment.


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