Skip to comments.New study by IDF reserve colonel says women don't belong in combat
Posted on 06/11/2014 9:47:38 PM PDT by Nachum
"The study found that a particularly high percentage of women who served in combat roles suffered physical harm during their service and will suffer for the rest of their lives from ruptured discs, stress fractures in the pelvis, uterine prolapse and more, Sagi told Maariv/NRG.
While men also suffer injuries during their military service, he said, studies prove that the female rate of injury is much higher and that the seriousness of the average injury is greater, with entire platoons sometimes unable to function because of the physical state of the female soldiers. The injuries referred to are incurred in training and routine deployment not actual combat.
"The idea that there is no difference between men and women in the army is a ridiculous one that has been disproved in all of the world's militaries, Sagi insisted. One cannot defeat evolution. In days in which a meaningful reduction of the defense budget is required there is no doubt that the matter of placing women in combat roles requires reassessment.
"People will read the book and discover that they have been misled in everything pertaining to women's service in the military, he predicted. The integration of women in the army has not succeeded, but everyone keeps shouting at us, that we must open before women the remaining units that have not yet been opened to them. I do not know what will help understand that this is a serious mistake.
The book describes ludicrous measures by which women's lesser suitabilty for combat roles is masked. These include lowering the bar of requirements for women wishing to enter combat units, placing benches next to walls that trainees jump over (only for the women to use), running laps in circles (instead of straight-line runs from point A to point B) to make it less obvious that the women are lagging behind the men, and more.
Waiting to see if the same people come out of the woodwork as did the last time I raised this issue.
The IDF told Maariv/NRG that Sagi's claims are completely baseless and that women's integration into combat units has been a success. Female combat soldiers are dealt with in a supervised manner, which takes into account their medical, physiological and social needs, the army said.
Labels: feminism, IDF, political correctness, women
Well, if 0bama wasn’t yet ready to ditch Israel, this will surely be the last straw...
I could have told them that - no charge.
Yet a handful here on FR insist..
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Don’t be paternalistic. If the ladies want to be Sarah Conner, let them.
Yeah, that's what the Army's about, the needs of the soldiers.
I didn’t need a study to know that women don’t belong in combat. It’s obvious. But our present administration lives within a bubble where there is a certain agenda and the obvious is ignored.
I support the IDF but those girl soldiers look like they don’t have a freaking clue. Where the heck are their helmets if they’re doing combat drills?
Got to go google pix of IDF beach babes with their M-16s. Stacked & packed!
Yes. But there are exceptions. I once dated a female IDF tank corps commander — and I’d have rather been run over by her tanks.
The military isn’t built on fantasy characters.
In WWII, during the Battle of the Bulge, the city off Bastogne was under siege and being held by an American Ranger Battalion. Holding this city was critical to preventing the German advance. The weather was bitterly cold in one of the worst winters Europe had seen in many years and the US Rangers were pushed to the limits of physical endurance to hold the line.
In order to relieve Bastogne, Gen Patton pulled together an Armored task force, disengaged them from existing combat and led them to Bastogne to relieve in another almost miraculous feat of pushing the level of human endurance.
It was a close thing but they pulled it off.
There is a high degree of likelihood that they would not have been able to execute this if women had been in the front line of combat.
Israel,on the other hand, is a special case of a geographically small country with a small population surrounded on all sided by a much larger population that wants to destroy them.
Regardless of combat efficiency , in a major conflict all of Israel is going to be the front lines and women are going to inevitably be involved in the war so combat training is be an important factor. Another lesson we learned from more desperate early days of WWII was that well trained women can do an excellent job of freeing up men for front line combat duties
Soldiering is about turning young men into weapons. It's hard to do and not every young man is capable of it. It is physically and psychologically demanding and always will be. When you add the lack of testosterone, the physical differences and the disruptive effects of emotions and hormones to the mix, we will lose any real combat capability.
Our leaders are all really aware of this but all of them are too fixated in keeping their careers on track to say anything.
I can see them as a last line of defense but as a unit in direct combat operations, no way.
Israel does have women serving the the Caracal Battalion and has since 2000.
Wow. It must have took some time and skill before photoshop!
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