Wanted: Your Opinion on Inclusion of Women in Combat Arms Units.
This post is an effort to solicit the opinions of Legionnaires and veterans: Should the combat arms branches be opened to women if they can pass the same physical, mental and aptitude tests required of their male counterparts?
We would also like your comments on the subject. That being said, sending me an email or leaving a comment that says something like “Women need to be taken out of the military entirely” isn’t likely to aid the cause any; that ship has sailed. Likewise, comments like: “Women are just as good as men” doesn’t add to our knowledge. What we are looking for are well-reasoned comments on the efficacy of allowing women to serve in the combat arms branches that they have traditionally been barred from serving in. We want everyone’s opinion, but are particularly looking for the opinion of those who have served at “the tip of the spear.”
For purposes of this discussion, let us assume that there is a standard, and any female inclusion in Combat Arms units would be based on that standard, without alteration, now or in the future (unless to make it tougher). So, comments like “A woman couldn’t drag a man from a firefight” aren’t particularly useful. I’m guessing there are some jacked up females out there that are way stronger than some of the guys I had, while there are some guys out there that would seriously struggle dragging me to safety. If the standard is the same for all genders, that should answer that concern.
Anyway, you can take the poll, but what I would really like is some cogent arguments in the comments section. If you feel uncomfortable leaving a comment there, please feel free to send me your comments via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The survey has been closed. Thank you to those who participated.