Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta Removes Military Ban on Women in Combat
In one of his last acts as Barack Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta removes the military ban on woman in combat. The change will open thousands of positions to woman on the front line. The recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.
With all due respect to woman in the military, this is a terrible idea on so many levels. The US military, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines, should be about having the greatest fighting force on the planet, not an equal opportunity, Title IX experiment. Many woman might even be able to handle the physical, mental and shooting proficiency of a front line combat soldier; there is more to the role than that.
The Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after generations of limits on their service, defense officials said Wednesday.
The changes, set to be announced Thursday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, will not happen overnight. The services must now develop plans for allowing women to seek the combat positions, a senior military official said. Some jobs may open as soon as this year, while assessments for others, such as special operations forces, including Navy SEALS and the Army’s Delta Force, may take longer. The services will have until January 2016 to make a case to that some positions should remain closed to women.
The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.
What is going to happen when a woman is captured and held captive by America’s enemies and the public brutality and rape that will be broadcast to the public? Will a woman POW have a different reaction from “We the People” than a guy? The answer is yes and the enemy knows that. Will woman who have to pass lesser physical standards then men be allowed in front line military action? Sorry, but men are hard-wired to protect woman. What is going to happen in a time of war when a male soldiers is confronted with that choice? Then there is the bond of soldiers of front line military troops, there is a reason why its called, ‘Band of Brothers’, not Band of Brothers and Sisters. No matter how you slice it, once you introduce both sexes together, the dynamic changes. Many are going to be quick to say that this is the same as when blacks and gays were not allowed in the military. Not even close. If people have not yet figured out that men and women are different, they have not been paying attention. There is a lot more to being a front line military soldier than just physical and mental ability. There is a reason why they are cohesive units and it is not because they are coed. After all, Men are from Mars and Woman are from Venus.
America, in the end some things are more important than gender equality and that is the protection and defense of the United States and its freedom and liberties.