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Women in combat: Your take
Women in the military: My take
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
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.