Survey: Male Marines fear false sexual assault accusations with women in combat

  • Article by: JULIE WATSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 1, 2013 - 6:20 PM
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goldenmplsFeb. 1, 1312:26 PM

Didn't they go through this same thing when they talked about repealing don't ask don't tell - certain percentage of people said they would leave the military - and it turned out to be a non-even. This sounds like the same thing here - good grief.

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subotai1Feb. 1, 1312:36 PM

If they cannot deal with the concept of freedom of choice and equality, in the military is the last place they belong.

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jimiekFeb. 1, 1312:40 PM

It must wear you out to be a “hard ass” all the time.

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stpaulisbestFeb. 1, 1312:53 PM

As a former Marine ground pounding grunt I can tell you that this noise is coming from either rear area pogues or the 15% of any unit that is totally ineffective at their job (they tend to be the loudest talkers). When you're boots on the ground, doing your job, you really aren't that worried about the gender of someone. I had guys in my unit who were a complete waste of rations and others who were the kind you'd always want to work with. I'm guessing there is a lot more diversity of ability between and among males than there is between male and female.

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a1to1newsFeb. 1, 1312:56 PM

There is a reason women aren't on the front line of combat in many wars. As stated in the article, if a woman becomes a POW or their unit is captured, gang rape is going to happen and resulting in pregnancy. How will these women handle the pregnancy? If there are hundreds or thousands of combat women and they come back from a war scarred from rape and pregnant by the enemies, who will be responsible for them and their babies if abortion is not an option. If the child is born, does the woman want the child? Be careful of what you wish for.

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mnhockey999Feb. 1, 13 1:08 PM

As a Marine Corps veteran I can honestly say it's not a matter of being a "hard ass" or not believing in equal rights. I have never treated a woman Marine any different than my male counterparts. We all earn the title and uphold ourselves to our own personal standards within our Corps. It is a physical issue. Unfortunately, the majority of(I didn't say all)women do not have the physical strength or stamina to effectively become a squad member in a combat scenario. A 125 lbs woman is going to have a difficult time carrying or dragging a wounded male counterpart whom could weight 75 lbs more than herself. All while under fire, carrying 30-70lbs of extra gear. This is just one example. Door kicking, hand to hand combat, urban/close quarters fighting is all physically taxing. As a Marine you always prepare and train for that worst case scenario and in combat the situation changes in a heartbeat. You can go from sending fire from 500 meters away to insurgents lobbing frags over the wall next to you and immediately engaging them face to face. My point is, war is a physical game and entering women into the arena in a full time capacity will be a mistake that will be paid by the lives of both men and women.

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walking101Feb. 1, 13 2:06 PM

Whatever. As a Marine myself, trust me, those guys will be more than happy to have women in their squads.

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efrik1Feb. 1, 13 2:11 PM

Help me here, maybe I'm showing my ignorance. If a terrorist was about to go into hand to hand combat with a 5-4 female, would there not be a smile forming on his face?

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honkymcpooFeb. 1, 13 3:01 PM

@efrik1 - Possibly before but not after. One should assume a combat trained Marine is a combat trained Marine.

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jarlmnFeb. 1, 13 3:14 PM

I agree with Stpaulisbest. Been there. In many units, some of the male troops are indeed a sorry "waste of rations." Frankly, I'd much rather have a dedicated and highly-motivated female have my back in a fight then some of the sad-sack males that are in the ranks. That said, all-in-all, this kinda grumbling is the same sorta stuff as back when "coloreds" were fully integrated.

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