Military has schedule for women to move into combat jobs, including SEALs, other commandos

  • Article by: LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 18, 2013 - 6:10 PM

WASHINGTON — Declaring "the days of Rambo are over," a top general said Tuesday that cultural, social and behavioral concerns may be bigger hurdles than tough physical fitness requirements for women looking to join the military's special operations units.

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mplsjoejoJun. 18, 13 5:16 AM

There is no interest by the politicians to make an equality for women and men in the military services. If there was all women of 18 years of age would have to register for selective service, be subject to draft, be slotted into infantry units without volunteering just like men. This is a PC push to make votes and people feel good. Infantry standards, Ranger standards, Spec Op standards are pretty simple. Occasionally lift over 160lbs on the shoulders and carry for up to 15 minutes, carry 120lbs of gear for up to 20 miles across rough terrain without stopping, live in the wilderness for up to a month at a time with only what you carry on your back, and meet the 70% pt standards. The gender neutral standards will not retain these basic requirements, it will make them go away in the name of some arbitrary number of female participation percentage made up by politicians and people who sit behind a desk, and those of us who fight on the front lines will die in greater numbers. What should happen is an opening up to equal treatment for women across the board including involuntary assignment to infantry units, selective service, subject to draft, and maintain the standards as they are, if you can't make it, you can't make it regardless if you are a man or a woman, that is equality, what is being proposed is not.

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jdlellis1Jun. 18, 13 7:04 PM

1 - If a military draft materialized where men and women were enlisted equally, the vast majority of women would have a hissy fit and protest. 2 - Speaking of a draft with women outnumbering men, imagine the U.S. Military reflecting the population and being the military. Foreign fighters would enjoy that! 3 - in twenty years when this settles, do equality zealots actually half of all these positions will be filled by women? Sit on your politically correct bully pulpits to your hearts desire, but have some intellectually honesty and by not ignoring reality.

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