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US ends ban on women in frontline combat

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:59 PM

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the military's ban on women serving in combat roles, potentially opening hundreds of thousands of frontline positions to women.

The ruling, officially announced on Thursday, overturns a 1994 rule barring women from small ground-combat units.

But the military will have until 2016 to argue for any specific posts they think should remain closed to women.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-21172033

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:05 PM

I didn't know there were kitchens at the front line


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:07 PM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 24 January 2013 - 10:05 PM, said:

I didn't know there were kitchens at the front line

LMAO!!!  Hell, they could nag the enemy into submission.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:10 PM

Women have been in combat situations since the 2nd Gulf War if you dont include previous wars. With the static lines of the current conflicts we find ourselves in 143 women have been killed and 800 wounded. It only makes sense they are able to receive the more advanced training necessary to be an asset in these situations.


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:02 PM

I didn't even know they were barred from combat roles before, heck there are local police women that kill and get killed all the time so why not have military women capable of combat roles and advanced training?   It's about time they lifted it.  It's also harder for the enemy to kill women too.  Heck if I was in war I would myself find it hard to kill a woman that was on the enemy side.  Hurting children and women are what men find very hard to do.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:27 AM

Ugh, I hope women understand the risks... it would be a million times worse being a woman if captured than a man.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:32 AM

View PostCRYSiiSx2, on 25 January 2013 - 12:27 AM, said:

Ugh, I hope women understand the risks... it would be a million times worse being a woman if captured than a man.

What makes you think that they would not 'understand the risks'? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt...but that comment makes it seem that a woman wouldn't be smart enough to know that it is risky and that being a woman will have different dangers....

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:43 AM

View Postbacca, on 25 January 2013 - 12:32 AM, said:

What makes you think that they would not 'understand the risks'? I'll give you the benefit of the doubt...but that comment makes it seem that a woman wouldn't be smart enough to know that it is risky and that being a woman will have different dangers....

I might have worded that a bit wrong, but you know what I meant.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:21 AM

I just hope the same physical requirements apply to females that apply to males to ensure the quality of the American military does not go down and I also hope we follow Israel in this and have segregated male and female units.  If I remember correctly Israel segregates its male and female units because it was noticed that in combat situation that when a female soldier got injured certain male soldiers started focusing exclusivity on helping the wounded female soldier no matter how dangerous it was to themselves or the unit and stopped following commands thus destroying unit cohesion.

Personally I am not a fan of this, I do not want PC sentiment entering into the military and I think the potential problems this could cause are not worth the risk, both to the military itself and the nations willingness to carry out a war.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:27 AM

Good now they can bring me a sammich!

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:32 AM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 24 January 2013 - 10:05 PM, said:

I didn't know there were kitchens at the front line

Omg...almost fell out of my chair. LOL


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:48 AM

As long as only women who can pass the physical requirements of front-line soldiers actually quality to fight in combat, then I'm fine with it.  Also, all women should have to register for the draft as well, equality and all that.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:51 AM

I agree with that, if women want to fight then they can also sign up for selective service.


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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:23 AM

View PostProfessor Buzzkill, on 24 January 2013 - 10:05 PM, said:

I didn't know there were kitchens at the front line

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I feel terrible that I actually laughed at that...

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:38 AM

I have nothing aganist women.but they should not be on the front lines.this is the down fall of the United states military. If they cry watching a moive.waite till they see there friend get blown up in half...





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