St. Paul native blurs line of women in combat roles

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 3, 2012 - 7:01 AM

Nichole Robinette was part of bomb-disposal unit in Afghanistan.

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sjhuotMar. 2, 1210:58 PM

If she can do it, she can do it. Gender is not relevant.

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forfreedomMar. 2, 1211:40 PM

Putting men at risk is one thing. I do not agree with putting women in harm's way or in mothers with children being deployed and separated from their children. Women are equally as valuable as men, but we are not the same.

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vnbushmanMar. 3, 1212:36 AM

Women are not the same as men, nor are men the same as women. I feel if the woman can do the job as well as or better than a men, then so be it. I don't think they should be treated with kid gloves. They should not be treated like special people either, same pay same responsiblity. But I'm glad there was no women beside me in the bush in Viet Nam. I'm pretty sure it would have made them crack mentally and emotionally. Maybe in Afghanistan its fun and games. But I think there are real battles going on some where over there. As a 0351 USMC 7 of my good friends were killed in Nam. Then 7 more killed themselves after coming home. PTSD and depression cause people too drink. That changes and redirects mental and emotional thoughts. We also got spit on and called baby killers by our own people. It wasn't a game.

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tbot2000Mar. 3, 12 7:12 AM

How dare any of you tell a woman, or any adult what he or she is capable of? If a woman wants to be a SEAL, firefighter, bomb-unit specialist in the military, etc.. and she earns it, good for her. Thought we were fighting for FREEDOM? But, according to the posters here, evidently not, because obviously they don't believe in free will and choice. Do you get what you're saying? Unreal.

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stplooklistnMar. 3, 12 7:14 AM

A good place to start. Women need to register at age 18 just like the guys. Change those posters at the Post Office to all people 18 and older.

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marchhareMar. 3, 12 7:37 AM

I don't agree with the antiquated notion that women are to be protected and only men should fight wars. How chauvinist. All human beings are valuable but women no more so than men. It sounds like Ms. Robinette is doing a terrific job and I applaud her for it along with all of our military personnel who do their jobs equally well.

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ceegeeMar. 3, 12 8:26 AM

Previous posters "forfreedom" and "vnbushman" correctly highlight some of the realities of women in combat positions. They raise good points about parental responsibilities and emotional characteristics. Furthermore, let's allow the military to make its own decisions and not be dictated by politicians and those with other agendas.

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highlife75Mar. 3, 12 9:27 AM

OMG, Are you serious....look what happened when we let them drive, and vote! (Being satirical) Just be sure we as a public can handle the atrocities that will come when our beloved wife's and daughters fall into enemy hands, and the reactions and morale of fellow soldiers?

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eclectic51Mar. 3, 1211:01 AM

What is going on? It seems like men feel threatened by competent women. I thought we had gotten past keeping women bare foot and pregnant.

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lakneeMar. 3, 1211:41 AM

ARRey sez: And to think that there were and are actually serious candidates for the highest office in our land who believe our country would be better served if women like Nichole were at home changing diapers and baking cookies. She is obviously quite qualified for her position and she is a true American hero.

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