"As the U.S. Military falls under increasing pressure to remove gender barriers within its ranks, a new Marine Corps study should give everyone pause.
According to the study, all-male ground combat squads were faster, stronger and more lethal in most cases than units that included women. The women also suffered higher injury rates.
The Marine Corps has not said whether it will ask for an exception to a Pentagon order that requires it-as well as all other military branches-to open all occupations to women beginning next year. even if is asked for an exception, there's no guarantee the Pentagon would grant it.
This obsession with gender quality, though, comes with a price-and it could be high when you're talking about ground troops coming under attack. A fighting unit is only as strong as its weakest link. If women slow down a combat unit or require more protection than men, it doesn't only put the female soldiers at risk. It also endangers their male colleagues.
Women are not as physically strong as men, and strength is a critical attribute in battle. For centuries, this country recognized those simple facts and kept women out of combat roles. Nothing has changed about the physical differences between the sexes. What has changed is the rise of this flawed notion that men and women are interchangeable."
Copyright 2015, The Yazoo Herald, Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
I’m writing this post in response to the editorial, “Women not best for ground combat.” First, as a women that served her country successfully in the United States military, I was offended by the comments. Not to mention greatly perturbed at such backward thinking. I have seen firsthand that women can do anything a man can do. Some women can even do a great many things better than a man can do. It doesn’t take rocket science or brute strength to fire any weapon, drive a tank, fly a plane, or stab an enemy to death. Some women are even better at it. Think not?
U.S. Army Specialist Erica Taliaferro on patrol in in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, March 2012. (Time.com)
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And now for some legal stuff: Copyright 2015 by S.J. Francis. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the author, S. J. Francis and are meant to entertain, inform and enlighten, and intend to offend no one.