I recently read in the news that women will be allowed to go to war in the same way and perils that men actually do. It raised my eyebrows, not because women are under performers, but because war is not a natural scenario for women. If we are having problems with sexual assaults on women in the military today, imagine what will happen when men and women take part in the front line combat zones. I feel uneasy on this recent change in policy.
Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last January lifted the 1994 Combat Exclusion Rule that restricted women from serving in front line infantry, armor and special operations units and set a January 2016 compliance deadline. The concept of a front line became blurred in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as women serving in other units also became the targets of roadside bombs and attacks. To date, almost 150 military women have died in those wars.
The plans would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, including those in the country’s elite special operations forces.
Details of the plans were obtained by The Associated Press. They call for requiring women and men to meet the same physical and mental standards to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
The plans were reviewed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has ordered the services to move ahead. I don’t this is a wise decision and we might regret it in the future. Good Day.
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