Rachel Martin, NPR national security correspondent, discusses the realities of women in combat and the debate over whether the Pentagon should officially integrate women into front line ground combat.
I think that the caller who referred to women in the military being considered "camp followers" is quite correct. The sanitation of soldiering prevalent in the media due to Pentagon hype/propaganda seems to have successfully convinced many women that a career in the military is an "option" for social advancement.
Truth be told, it is not, and women are not generally suited to combat operations generally unless they can be as cold, tough and mean as the men they fight beside. And even then there are so few of those women that I doubt they would find much to love about their lives, most men would think of them as freaks.
The fact is that women are necessary to make up manpower shortages in our all volunteer army and they are being exploited by the government and feminist wackos who encourage them to think that they can somehow psychically/psychologically approximate the natural advantages (i.e. testosterone) that men have in combat. I'm not saying women can't be brave, smart, cool under fire, etc. But none of those qualities have much to do with soldiering, people who think that those "finer" human traits are useful in combat are kidding themselves.
I agree that women should be allowed to participate in combat units in all branches of the military. I also think that there should be FULL integration of women into all aspects of military life. This includes same standards for uniform wear--women wear altered variations of non-combat uniforms, they can have earrings, long hair, they can dye their hair. Men can't do any of these things. In basic training, men have all their hair shaved off. Women get to keep. Not to mention, women and men are housed in separate barracks facilities, and shower separately. Any argument you could make in favor of separate facilities for women, would also inevitably be an argument in favor of separate facilities for gay service members. If you want complete equality of the sexes, then let's have it. Completely equal everything, zero separation.
The Draft question throws Equality of Women in Combat over the rail.
I remember filling out my Draft Card back when the Draft was STILL active during the Vietnam Meatgrinder years.
A Woman NEVER had to be afraid of that little card or her 'Number coming up'
In a draft-- Young Men have to go. Young Women can say 'I'm pregnant'.
Equality under THOSE circumstances is kind of hard to maintain.
How much are women caught up in combat situations? What is the percentage of fatalities of women soldiers compared with men?
Has there been an increase in the number of female enrollments in the service academies?
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