4. Morale loss at home due to larger numbers of young females returning home dead... This may sound chauvanistic to some - and perhaps it is... but emotionally we, as a society, are more shocked by the death of a young woman than we are by the death of a young man ... Both are tragic, and both are equally painful to the family, but society as a whole is more willing to accept the loss of a male soldier than a female one... This can lead to loss of morale - or equally possible - heightened anger at the enemy - resulting in escalation...
I have to agree with these two points. When I was a Combat Engineer, there were times were I had to carry my SAW, a 30 pound rucksack of gear, a 20 pound demolision bag, and one or two 40 pound shape or cratering charges... and come out of our M113 RUNNING, at night, in the woods, for hundreds of yards at a time.It is not work for Gloria from Tiffanys Manhattan.
But, if a woman has the physical ability, I'd say let her do it. It might be trouble... maybe a LOT of trouble... at first. But, eventually things would settle down.
I can imagine an infantry company of 100 people, with 95 guys and 5 women being very tense sexually, with 90% of the guys being 18 to 24 years old. I was 23 when I went in and was the Grandpa of my basic training. Of like 100 guys, I was one of like 6 or 7 that were old enough to buy liquor. I think everyone, except young men, that young men are extremely Stupid.
I also agree that if women were lost in hand to hand fighting, or captured, the New media would crucify the military in the Court of Public Appeal.
So be it.
Let women fight.
However, the military already has different expectations for females.
The PT test requires less then half the number of push ups and sit ups for women compared to men of the same age.
Our country and its government are 2 separate entities. They are not the same thing, though the powers-that-be are thrilled when people think they are the same. Indeed, the propaganda ALWAYS blends the two and makes them indistinguishable.
Edited by DieChecker, 30 November 2012 - 06:53 AM.