Recommended reading ... "Joan of Arc," by Mark Twain.
“If Sarah Palin can be President, women can be Marines.”
How often does the President need to carry 100 lbs? I’m thinking, “Not often”...
The VAST majority of women do NOT want to crawl in the mud and hunt and kill people. A few select might, but only a few.
It’s a fact that there are some women who could possibly be good Infantry officers in my beloved Corps, but for the most part this is a dumb move. I spent 23 years in the Marine Corps. I spent time in combat units and time in support units. There is a bond between Marines in combat units that isn’t as intense in support units. Flame me if you want to, but the dynamic changes the minute a woman becomes part of a unit. You can feel it. Marines become more subdued, the trust level falls, and the female is resented because she does not have to maintain the same physical standards as her male counterparts. These are my observations over a period of 23 years. It may not be PC but it is the truth as I experienced it.
I DEFENDED YOU ONCE TODAY, I MIGHT HAVE TO TAKE IT BACK.
Is that what the navy taught you? A blind 80 year old man in a wheel chair can be president, but he isn't a good replacement for a hard charging, heavy load carrying, quick moving, powerful, physically aggressive, warrior.
Every man that we replace with a female in the military, lowers our capability.
When two sexes are equal in many ways, but the ship is in distress, wounded need to be dragged from the flames and up the ladders, ammunition and weaponry moved by hand, warped and twisted metal manipulated with tools an raw muscle, debris shoved aside and climbed over, then the individual who is taller, and stronger, more powerful, more durable, is suddenly worth a little more than the one that was "equal, in many ways".
Sarah Palin isn't President, and females lack the upper body strength to hump a combat load.