Historic decision for military women

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 26, 2013 - 7:18 AM

Lack of combat experience hindered leadership opportunities.

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mn2niceJan. 26, 13 7:46 AM

Bravo! One small step . . .toward equality.

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SnippetJan. 26, 1311:51 AM

Any job, the qualification for which is contingent upon physical strength and the delivery of lethal violence, will be dominated by men. The idea that we need to tweak the system to ensure that more women can have this sort of job is the sort of nonsense that gives the word "liberalism" a bad name. Liberalism should be about reducing artifical barriers, not creating a phony and unnatural equivalence.

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SnippetJan. 26, 1311:53 AM

The results that the editorial hopes to see cannot be accomplished unless approximately half of all combat troops are female, because that is the only way women will equal men in positions for which combat experience is a requirement. Does anyone on the planet expect this to ever happen?

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Slider451Jan. 28, 1312:34 PM

This is a good move. Remove barriers and give women a fair opportunity to earn a legitimate place in elite combat units. The number of women who apply will likely be small at first, with even fewer meeting the requirements. But many will qualify and serve with distinction. Many men are not qualified for the infantry, even fewer for the SEALs or Green Berets. We don't denigrate the mechanic or cook for not being enough of a soldier I think this will be a non-issue in 10 years.

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alansonJan. 28, 1310:32 PM

My experience in the Army was that many (most?) men are not qualified for combat, just as most women are not. Few actually want to be in combat. But qualified or not, scared stiff or not, we were marched off into the fire fights. If we follow through to give women "job opportunities" in combat, we need to go the whole way and open up conscription to women also. The real meaning of equality can only be realized when men and women alike are involuntarily placed in harm's way. Given the current policy drift of this country, and in fairness to men, I see no reason not to extend all combat "opportunities" to women, and not just glamorous leadership positions.

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