The effectiveness of the fighting unit is a matter of life and death— and here we are playing dangerous political games. The Israelis found that having women on the front lines was a disaster for another reason: men are biologically wired to protect women. When the women got wounded, it caused even more casualties.
It’s definitely a mistake. When they show these women, they’re invariably behind a mounted machinegun or, in this case, minigun.
They don’t show them with 100lb rucksacks, humping mortar plates or rounds, etc. Looks great for the cameras, but the reality is much, much different.