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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Oh, good to know that!
Now, about the training.
Watching the documentaries of the FETs and Lionesses, it seems like the training of these female clerks and drivers to go along with male foot patrols into hot zones was kind of made up as they went along.
Octogenarians should begin complaining about discrimination in the military.
I gotta’ give it to today’s military “Man”. I don’t think I’d be willing to serve in today’s military.
You’ve made your point. We get it, you are in favor of this PC moral depravity. Proud?
Had you been a factory manager in 1910, you would have made the same arguments about why society could not put women next to men on the factory assembly lines
Integrating women in ground combat positions in the Marine Corp and Army is a whole nother ball game, I believe.
I agree with all you wrote except the above part b.
You can't train someone to do something they are physically incapable of doing.
Woman should be allowed in to front line positions IF and ONLY IF they have to meet the same physical and combat standards that men have to meet.
You should also realize that, in the Marine Corps, all women (like all non-infantry men) go through Marine Combat Training before going to their MOS schools. MCT gives the basic knowledge necessary to do combat-related tasks like foot patrols.
Is there a moral bottom?
Yep. It’s called Hell.
As I pointed out during the “Tailhook Scandal” if women cannot protect themselves during a Cocktail party, how than they protect a country during a war?
Dare you to call a female Gunner’s Mate a Gun Bunny. That would net you 45 and 45 with half months pay x 2.
and retired USAF
and whose memories of moral depravity seem to focus back on strippers in the O’club at Minot and the behaviors of married male fighter pilots when TDY to ROK and PI
I didn't get the memo that the US has morphed into an Ashcan village.
Do women have a role?
On the battle field, NO!
This is madness, utter madness and it tells us just how far pc mentality has snuck into the military.
My son was a rifleman in the 101st AB in Iraq and he’s not a sexist by any stretch but he is adamant that NO WOMEN be in the infantry for some of the reasons mentioned already in this thread.
The things that happen in combat- the risks that soldiers/marines take and the way they necessarily conduct themselves in battle is unsuited for women and men together- regardless of how tough they are. It will handicap the MEN and the mission.
You want women in combat- segregate them and let the very few who will volunteer for it and be physically equipped to handle it be our Amazon brigade- but do NOT mix them with the men. (Even this would never work- it’s not pc enough.)
Amen FRiend....and, thank you!
To DECREASE our readiness, just like dumbing down our students, shipping jobs overseas, etc, etc.
To make Mrs Obama proud.
DADT now this. What’s next, how do we go lower from here?
I agree that it will hurt combat effectivness and for the reasons you mentioned plus more. The vast majority of women are not physically as strong as men, they’ll probably do okay most of the time but it’s the life threatening times that bother me.