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    Posted January 23, 2013 by
    Navarre, Florida
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    Women in combat: Your take

    Women in the military: My take


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     timmer60 served in the military for 28 years, and was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She joined the military when she was 19 years old and discovered that there were certain stereotypes imposed on women when they joined the military. 'You were either looking for a husband or you were gay, at least that was usually the stereotypes men had in the military,' she said.

    She says it is about time that the U.S. military lifted the ban on women in combat. 'We have been in combat of all sorts,' she said, referring to women in the military. 'Where is the frontline? The frontline is where you are being shot at. It can be different things depending on whether you are crew or logistics,' she said.

    Through her years of being in the military, she says she knew many women who were capable of going into combat. ‘I know of women who were so level headed and who were physically big. They could handle physical and mental challenges. But there is a lot of alpha male resistance,' she said.

    Despite the ban being lifted, she believes some female service members will most likely face opposition from their male counterparts. She says the best advice she can give these women in combat is to be prepared. 'Go in knowing that you are going to be going in alone. You will have to have the confidence to do your job, and know that you are being watched. Go in with your eyes wide open,' she said.
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    I am a woman who served 28 years in the U.S. Air Force. I retired 4 years ago from being a first sergeant in the AFSOC command at Hurlburt Field Florida.


    I am extremely pleased to see this long over due decision by the U.S. military. While I have seen some wimpy women -- whom I would never recommend to any special combat duty jobs -- I have seen many well qualified women who would be a true asset for combat duty, but have been denied those positions simply because of their gender.


    Many of these women could whip anyone's ass, mentally as well as physically! The same holds true for men. Now, finally, men or women can apply for these positions and they can be judged on an individual basis and not just on what they have between their legs.


    As long as women can do the same as their male counterparts (and many can), then there is no reason why they could not go directly into combat. If some men have a problem with that, then they need to work it out amongst themselves and stop penalizing women.


    This is a very proud moment for me. If you would like me to comment more, please let me know. Thank you for the opportunity.

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