Skip to comments.MILITARY: Female Marines to get combat assignments
Posted on 04/24/2012 2:26:42 PM PDT by jazusamo
The Marine Corps said Tuesday that it is taking another step toward allowing women to serve in combat roles.
Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps commandant, said selected groups of female Marines will get combat unit assignments later this year as part of a study on the appropriateness of women on the battlefield.
Amos announced the initiative in a message posted on a service website.
The program calls for assigning women officers, gunnery sergeants and staff sergeants to combat artillery, tank, amphibious, engineer and assault units.
Current law restricts women from serving in direct combat in all but a few assignments, such as motor transport or aircraft crews.
But in practice women have served in combat jobs as special "attachments" during the Iraq war and in Afghanistan. More than 140 U.S. military women have been killed in the wars.
Last year, Congress ordered a review of the policy formally excluding women from combat roles.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta took that a further step in February by directing the services assign women to some combat roles and study the results.
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Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps commandant = dumba$$
When I was in the USAF there was a limit of 40lbs for women
When the great experiment on the airfield started and women were now mechanics for the planes the guys wouldnt carry their 100lb tool chests for them
The girls complained...
the problem was blamed on the bad male chalvanisic guys
My CO gave me his reasoning for not allowing women into Armor units: In Desert Shield, his unit was so bored and on edge, there were fist fights over the best MRE...he was confident that the addition of a woman to fight over would result in soldiers killing each other.
There is also the matter of living practically on top of each other, changing and bathing in front of each other, etc.
But the real issue is good ole upper body strength. I have seen women try to load a tank round (as a cadet)...not pretty. I’m sure there a few women out there who could do it...but the vast majority would be too slow. And, there were a variety of jobs on a tank that some of the smaller guys couldn’t do well - mostly dealing with maintenance and the track.
I’m left asking - Does this increase our readiness? If the answer is no, then why are we doing it?
I used to be a gunbunny on a M198 towed arty piece. We had to routinely run gun drills with reduced crews and you had better be able to pick up that 90 lb 155 shell by yourself. (Normally it’s two guys carrying it on a tray)
When men go down to the sea in ships...
When women first started to be asigned to ships in the Navy
and found out that it wasnt all the cute fun they thought it would be
they got preggers just to be reasigned to shore duty...
Well, I guess they should only be allowed to serve on submarines then..../snorting sarcasm.
Seriously, no one can convince me this is not done with the intention of moral, and emasculating intentions.
In a military organization scheme, a list per unit that is law approved by Congress, if a combat squad is listed as, for example, 8 troops, they don’t get to have 9 or 10 to make up for a physically weak member of the squad.
They get 8. Period. And being one hundred percent filled with people is generally the rule only for units as they deploy to war (not always), and that only exists until first contact with the enemy.
A combat unit cannot afford a weak member. In MANY scenarios having a unit at 70% is pushing the boundaries of combat effectiveness.
Is this what you men want?
Maybe they are talking about shemale marines. You never know.
Not this one nor do I know any that do. It seems politicians want it and the military brass work for politicians.
Political Correctness has ruined our schools, ruined our military, ruined our churches, ruined our country...and the American culture. I am ashamed that we allowed liberal arseholes do this to our country!
Amen to your post and your tag line!
Feminization of the military.
In conjunction with a zero-tolerance mentality over common sense.
Ummm....you didn't listen. They are being put in LEADERSHIP positions, not in the grunt jobs.
This will mean less opportunity for advancement, and less experienced leadership, resulting in more death and less retainment.
Gee, a win-win for Progressives.
My son spent 12 years on boomers before getting a 2 year shore duty because women in his rating could not deploy, taking up nearly all shore allotments.
Butch dykes generally do not like men very much. I would not want them watching my back, frankly. Don’t think they’d do all they could do to cover my ass.
Female Marine Captain is captured by Iranians. They beat her for a while and they check her to make sure that she can conceive.
They rape her repeatedly until she becomes pregnant, and force her to term. They cut the child from the womb at about the eight month and execute it on live TV with a bayonette.
That’s something to consider in any warfighting scenario analysis you care to gin up.
Don’t be surprised. He isn’t well-liked by the Marines I know. He was on base here last week, and guys were scrambling to find ways to avoid meeting him. This is the first Commandant in my husband’s 17 years in the Corps that I have seen Marines so actively go out of their way to avoid.
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