Good to go: Panetta opens quarter-million military combat jobs to women — if standards met

  • Article by: LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 25, 2013 - 8:08 AM
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ljfromminJan. 24, 13 1:37 PM

Certainly women will now be required to register with Selective Service. Right? Or would that be too "fair" and "equal"?

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seilamaboJan. 24, 13 1:56 PM

So this is what the Democrats meant when they were talking about the "War on Women"?

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FrankLJan. 24, 13 2:02 PM

Welcome to equality.

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nicolletparkJan. 24, 13 2:03 PM

There are far too many problems with mixing combat units. #1- Asking previously all male units to act differntly as not to offend women isn't going to over well. #2- You just wait, rape accuasations will skyrocket. #3- Men and women cannot be in close contact with eacch other long before relationships will form and when they sour the chemistry of the squad goes dowhill. #4- Males are much more likely to take unreasonable risks for the sake of a female than a male. #5- The vast majority of women can't pass the physical tests that males do so it would require lowering standards to allow women in which IMO will result in a less fit and affective fighting force.

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ciamanJan. 24, 13 2:16 PM

So when Panetta says "Woman are entiled to get a chance" What? To get killed, maimed or mangled or raped? Cohesion will be one large problem. With men and woman being together in the dirt and the fire grounds, do you not know that some of them will be doing sex too? And jealousy will reign. Of course it will. My father worked for the Minneapolis Fire fighters and when woman were tossed in to mingle with the men caused all kinds of problems. That is a fact people. Men and woman are totally different. And men are bigger and stronger 98 % of the time. Blame God or Nature but that is what we have. The past was better than the "New" twenty first century. Only lost nations would put their woman into war since they are the only people whom can produce children which is the future. Our future.

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ruphinaJan. 24, 13 2:37 PM

The test will be the 1st time a woman is captured, brutally gang raped and tortured and then the opponents post it on the internet for maximum effect. Bill G.

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elind56Jan. 24, 13 2:56 PM

I know this is wrong because it twists my gut yet I can't even explain why. It goes against every instinct in every fiber of my body.

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endothermJan. 24, 13 3:08 PM

This is long overdue. We live in the 21st century. Men and women have to work together in almost every conceivable workplace, and this is a good thing. If certain men in the military can't handle this, then they are not professionals and are not qualified to do their jobs. Military service is a serious job, and I think most members of the military are serious adults. They can handle this.

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dpaul31Jan. 24, 13 3:19 PM

This is just one more issue which is designed to cause turmoil and division. Without a doubt, the devil is in the details. One hundred pound women cannot carry 70 lbs. of equipment and of course cannot trudge out rescuing a 200 lb wounded comrade.

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huntleyJan. 24, 13 3:43 PM

"This is just one more issue which is designed to cause turmoil and division. Without a doubt, the devil is in the details. One hundred pound women cannot carry 70 lbs. of equipment and of course cannot trudge out rescuing a 200 lb wounded comrade."

No doubt-all those other countries who have women in combat have had their military go to pieces-just ask Israel...errr wait.....

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