Why women in combat is a mistake

  • Article by: JOE REPYA
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 7:08 PM

Yes, more women will die, and more men will, too, as this change erodes order and discipline.

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liora51Jan. 28, 13 7:29 PM

There are no unwounded soldiers in war. That include the women soldiers already there. I don't think that men or women belong in wars so I hope that women soldiers make us think twice and think again before we declare war based on the ramblings of the idiot who said: "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." --discussing the Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson in 2003, as quoted by Robertson

ebfauvelJan. 28, 13 7:37 PM

Mr. Repya, thank you for your service. That said, you make the same mistake men make when arguing against abortion rights for women - namely, that women are incapable of making their own decisions. I know many men (myself included) who would not want to endure any of the horrors of front-line combat you list, but please, respect our women and let them decide for themselves whether to sign up for combat. You don't have to like it when they do sign up, but the decision is theirs, not yours. Some may admire your chivalry, but others find it patronizing.

goferfanzJan. 28, 13 7:44 PM

I am with ya, Joe. Indeed, I was astonished at the chaos in the support units during the first Gulf War. It became almost like an Olympic event-->how can I get pregnant the fastest (= ticket home)? Fortunately, our frontline units were spared from this debacle. As the build-up ensued in late 1990, many have forgotten the horrific predictions for our military, ie 10000 would be killed, chem warfare etc. The war-- happily-- went about as well as "war" can go but the "pregnancy as a ticket home" policy did NOT serve the support units well. That said, now, with first the repeal of DADT, and now this decision--it must be unsettling to those on the front lines. Unit cohesiveness is crucial to surviving in combat, and I cant imagine this ending well. In a robust economy would people would be volunteering for this 21st army? Is this why our President has overseen such an anemic economic recovery? Kind of makes one wonder, doesnt it?

truewomanJan. 28, 13 8:18 PM

This entire debate about women serving in combat is ridiculous. We have learned in the last few weeks that rape and sexual assault are getting worse in the in the military is epic. One in three women is sexually assaulted that serves. The government is estimating that's 50 a day! With numbers like that I wouldn't trust our male troops to protect me let alone a women in combat. This is a PR move to take our focus off of rape in the military. I saw a great yet disturbing site "the us marines rape" Who they are letting into the military and what they are allowing them to do makes me question why we are calling these guys hero's.

scrutineerJan. 28, 13 8:54 PM

Physical fitness standards for female soldiers should increase so that they equal those for male soldiers. An additional test simulating the emergency removal of a wounded comrade from immediate danger should be introduced for all soldiers. Anyone who can’t perform it satisfactorily would not be allowed to serve in a frontline ground unit.

As to the question of whether Panetta’s decision was politically motivated, no, it was ideologically motivated.

twspt7Jan. 28, 13 8:57 PM

Why is it somehow "worse" if a woman soldier has to endure the same horror of war that men do? I'm afraid Repya still holds women to a different standard than men, and, whether he likes it or not, his standards are antiquated. This " in but not equal" attitude just doesn't obtain anymore. Get used to it.

foneboothJan. 28, 13 9:00 PM

With no disrespect sir, there is a long history of women in combat. From the original "Amazons" in Kazakhstan 600 years or so ago, to the modern Israeli women serving their country, women can be tough. Granted, it is not for most. But I said many times in my former law enforcement profession, give me someone small and smart over someone big and dumb. If they are going into combat they do it willingly knowing the hazards. As far as the atrocity of rape in the military, at least a few piggish men might think twice if the woman has access to firearms. Maybe not at the moment, but later. If they were my daughter, they would know what to do with a guy(s) like that. The field of combat could ironically be safer for them.

rhaupertJan. 28, 13 9:18 PM

They used to say the exact same things about blacks in the military.

regionguyJan. 28, 13 9:29 PM

Well, Colonel, I don't kmow if on balance this will be a good idea or not. But I think we need to see. As my father (a combat veteran of the Pacific 1943-45) pointed out, the Army and Navy nurses who were in the camps at Santo Tomas and Los Banos after the fall of the Philippines managed to tough it out for several years as prisoners of the Japanese. (Yes, I know that is not the same as being in an infantry outfit.) And just for the record: I would be equally horrified to see either my father or my mother (Navy veteran 1944-45) decapitated.

cGeeJan. 28, 13 9:39 PM

Stop turning the military into a social experiment. Let the generals make the decisions, not the politicians.


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