Skip to comments.Fallon vets approve of women serving in direct combat roles
Posted on 01/24/2013 9:28:45 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Local military veterans said Thursday they overwhelmingly support lifting the ban to allow women to serve in direct combat roles.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta rescinded a 1994 ruling yesterday to remove the military's ban on women serving in combat, thus opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than 11 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The plan to integrate women into direct combat position will be implemented as early as May with full implementation slated by 2016.
American women have been serving in our nation's Armed Forces for decades, and I am grateful for the sacrifices they have made, emailed Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller. Like their brothers-in-arms, our military women have the right to pursue the opportunity to engage in direct ground combat if that is the path they choose while serving their country.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he is pleased that women will be given the opportunity to serve on the front lines.
"With each generation, women have fought for fairness and equal opportunities," Reid said. "The decision to allow women to serve more extensively in combat roles is welcome news. Women have long served with courage and distinction; we must never forget those who have been injured in battle or have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our nation.
"This decision will strengthen our Armed Forces and give women the opportunities to serve and lead that they have long deserved."
The Joint Chiefs of Staff recommendation overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. According to the Pentagon, military services have three years to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.
Lifting the ban will create 230,000 more jobs for women in the military. This will be implemented as early as May and fully implemented by 2016.
The ruling will affect the Army and U.S. Marine Corps more than the other services. According to Maj. Dennis Fournier, public affairs officer for the Nevada Army National Guard, no unit will be affected and that includes Fallon's 609th Combat Engineer Company. Fournier said Nevada women have served their country proudly at home and on deployment with aviation, transportation, signal, military police and cavalry units.
For example, two female aviators assigned to Bravo Company, 189th General Support Aviation Company are on their way home after serving a deployment to Afghanistan, while female drivers with the Silver State's 593rd Transportation Company have either been driving armored vehicles or providing security on convoys into Kabul.
The Sixth Region president for the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) said she agrees with Panettea. Charley Smith is a retired lieutenant colonel who served in the Army and Nevada Army National Guard. She also taught ROTC at the University of Nevada, Reno.
I believe that women can do the job as well as men given the fact that they put their mind to it, Smith said. They are strong and capable and have been handling war for many years.
Smith said the military is a place for men and women to work together to ensure America's security and safety.
There should be no problem with women serving in the same units with men, Smith added.
Kieran Kalt, who served in the Nevada Army National Guard as a lieutenant in the signal battalion, said women have been just as prepared as their male counterparts.
I can also see them going for advancement and promotion, she said about the new opportunities.
Kalt said Panetta's decision is positive because women have the attributes to fight in combat.
Naval Air Station Fallon Public Affairs Officer Zip Upham said the recommendation doesn't affect the base or the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center because female pilots, for example, have been flying the F/A-18 Super Hornets in combat situations. He deferred any comment to the Department of Defense regarding women being able to join elite groups such as the SEALs.
Linda Kay Neal, who served 20 years in the Navy, was assigned to a special boat unit that dropped off and picked up SEALs during their missions.
If you guys can put your life on the line, why can't we, she said.
Navy veterans N.J. Van Riper and Cliff Farsje echoed Neal's assessment.
I think it's fair, Van Riper said. It's up to them, their choice, but they should be able to pull their own weight.
They should be able to protect our country as much as a man, he added.
Dick Hurstak retired from the Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant and said he has no problem with Panetta's decision.
The way I feel about, he said, is if they go through the same boot camp as men, I would be satisfied.
He said women receive the same infantry training as the men.
The standards should be the same, except they should look at the strength requirement, Hurstak said.
Retired Navy Seabee Claude Evans doesn't agree with the decision to allow women into direct combat roles.
They are not equipped to do what is required no matter how hard they try, he said. There are limitations to what they can do.
So, they only talked to vets that agreed with Panetta I guess
Go for it. As long a the women can meet all the physical requirements as the men ... go for it. No shortcuts, no special treatment. As many push-ups, set-ups, etc. As many miles with an 80 lb. pack as the men. Then go for it. Otherwise ... NO.
Currently every single man you will find in SEAL teams 1-5, teams 7 and 8, and team 10 are ultimate professionals. Whether the man is short or tall, black, white, Filipino-American, whatever, they can be counted on doing the job and they went through the same exact BUD/S and other training requirements. If women want to join, then they would need to go through the SAME requirements. Anything else is a weak link.
There cannot be a weak link.
Where’s the emetic warning Joe ?
I do believe the world has gone certifiably insane.
As long as they have to sign on for Selective Service like the dudes as well. What about that, libs? Is that going to be a requirement? Are they going to be drafted if needs be?
Go for it. As long a the women can meet all the physical requirements as the men ... go for it. No shortcuts, no special treatment. As many push-ups, set-ups, ect. As many miles with an 80 lb. pack as the men. Then go for it. Otherwise ... NO.
>>As long a the women can meet all the physical requirements as the men ... go for it. No shortcuts, no special treatment. As many push-ups, set-ups, etc. As many miles with an 80 lb. pack as the men. <<
And, starting tomorrow, I expect women to have to sign up for the Draft.
Yep! Can you just see one of them trying to carry a male soldier on their backs out of a dangerous situation?
As a former police officer, I have meant one or two that could. LOL!
***** “As a former police officer, I have meant one or two that could. LOL!” ******
Police Officer = “Revenue Enhancement Agent” (now that really qualifies your opinion)
I think I will believe your bilge when a woman completes BUDS and then is accepted by a team, gets deployed and completes a mission.
Your delusion is most likely temporary ... Have a doughnut and call me in the morning.
Notice the LOL at the end of my comment. Wow, love those that read all that is said. As for being delusional ... 28 years and retired, I think I know a thing or two about combative women ... again LOL! And screw you.
As for bilge ... I said the same thing you said. As long as a women can complete BUDS under the same requirements as the men, then qualify her.
“He said women receive the same infantry training as the men. “
LOL my cuz serves right now at Red Cloud in So Korea and there were countless times he told me the women during basic training had a 95% quit rate. This truly is propaganda...
28 years Military here, screw you too... guess we are in complete agreement... on all points.
Propaganda. Did any of the women in the “special” boats have to jam a knife in some guy’s chest?
Propaganda worthy of Pravda.
Either that or these vets are all idiots.
All women arent petite. If a woman can pass the physical requirements thered be no problem. I dont know about now but the firemans carry was part of training.
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