White House: Obama supports expanding opportunities for women in armed forces

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: January 24, 2013 - 1:25 PM
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furguson11Jan. 24, 1310:21 AM

This is a good move. Women have been working as police officers and prison guards for years in the US and it's worked out fine and given them more opportunities for experience and promotion. It's time to put this one to bed.

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roadtoruinJan. 24, 1310:28 AM

"Women have been working as police officers and prison guards for years in the US"... And the physical requirement standards were dropped on order to allow women to fill these rolls. Thie is an absolutely horrible, ridiculous idea on so many levels. Not the least of which would be the fate of female POW's. They would be raped repeadtedly.

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joe_mnJan. 24, 1311:53 AM

Woman in combat? How about NO US soldiers in combat?

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ahugginkissJan. 24, 1312:06 PM

"Thie is an absolutely horrible, ridiculous idea on so many levels." - It's an idea that has been around since World War 1. All the right-wing nut jobs are right, the United States IS going the way of the former Soviet Union, at least in letting women serve in combat roles, and it's about time.

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nicolletparkJan. 24, 1312:25 PM

I'm fine with any Woman able to pass the same physical testing that men can be able to be in combat. However, having been in the military I don't see many women being able to do that. There will be some that can but most women in the military can't and that's why they have different requirements. I'm almost certain no woman will ever pass an spec ops training. You have men who are in the top 1% of physical fitness that can't make it through BUD/S. Under no circumstances should a woman that can't pass the physical traning/testing be allowed in combat because not only could it put the woman in danger but here entire squad.

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roadtoruinJan. 24, 13 1:00 PM

"I'm fine with any Woman able to pass the same physical testing that men can be able to be in combat"... But that's not what will happen. No women will be able to pass the physical requirements and thus the physical strength and agility tests will be deemed "sexist" by the ACLU who will promptly sue to have the requirements lowered. The result? A weekend military force.... I'm nearly 50 years old and I would be willing to bet there is not a female in the military who can match me in the physical strength dept.

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arielbenderJan. 24, 13 1:46 PM

roadtoruinJan. 24, 13 1:00 PM "I'm fine with any Woman able to pass the same physical testing that men can be able to be in combat"... But that's not what will happen. No women will be able to pass the physical requirements and thus the physical strength and agility tests will be deemed "sexist" by the ACLU who will promptly sue to have the requirements lowered. The result? A weekend military force.... I'm nearly 50 years old and I would be willing to bet there is not a female in the military who can match me in the physical strength dept.___________LOL..if your physical strength is as formidable as your record of political prognostication these past few months, women should have NO problem meeting that challenge.

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roadtoruinJan. 24, 13 4:07 PM

"LOL..if your physical strength is as formidable as your record of political prognostication these past few months"...???? What in the name of all that is holy does political prognosticaton have to do with physical strenght. Show me a women that can dead lift 315 Lbs for 10 reps, bench press 275 lbs 8 reps and squat 275 for 12 reps. There simply isn't one. I'm sure there are plenty of women who can run faster and maybe even a few who knock the stuffing out of me in a martial arts contest but when in comes to scaling walls or climbing ropes, women just can't pass the muster.

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jdlellis1Jan. 24, 13 5:02 PM

Equality! Definatily. Conversely, paraphrasing reports which assert that wtih women making up 50% of the population, the military will have a a 50% larger pool to tap into. Being realistiic, the very nature of women will not have them clamouring to enlist into combat roles, especialaly front line combat. If you disagree, consider this, women have had the opportunity to join police and state trooper forces for years and the reality is, the majority of police and state troopers remain male. Biggest reason, these jobs threaten individual safety. which is something women generally just do not gravitate to.

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jdlellis1Jan. 24, 13 5:03 PM

Equality! Definatily. Conversely, paraphrasing reports which assert that wtih women making up 50% of the population, the military will have a a 50% larger pool to tap into. Being realistiic, the very nature of women will not have them clamouring to enlist into combat roles, especialaly front line combat. If you disagree, consider this, women have had the opportunity to join police and state trooper forces for years and the reality is, the majority of police and state troopers remain male. Biggest reason, these jobs threaten individual safety. which is something women generally just do not gravitate to.

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