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    Women in combat: Your take

    Level the Playing Field

    Once again we enter the realm of, just because something can be done, does it mean it should be done? In Iraq we had women assigned to our combat arms battalion for the simple reason that there were not enough men to go around. Bush engineered a war and then fought it on a shoestring. If the situation was as he said it was and the war was important enough to be fought, then the draft should have been implemented. Have all of America share the burden rather than leave it up to the less than one percent—a percentage deployed and redeployed, over and over again.

    We already know the deleterious effects combat has on men from all the wars we have fought previously. What we do not know, because it has never been done until Bush and Obama, is the long-term effect of multiple deployments upon our fighting men. We have never, ever, exposed men to combat for such long periods of time—multiple times. In our latest war, if you are not actively out and about making yourself a target, you are sitting inside a base that is essentially a target for indirect fire. There is no relief from the stress. Add to it the wisdom of our politicized military leaders who in puritanical fashion, outlawed the two forms of relief that have always been available to military men since the beginning of history—sex and alcohol. We have taken an already stressful environment and made the stress exponential.

    Now we will add the burden of forcing men to rely on women even more than they have for the last eleven years. Here are a few ramifications I have learned in nearly thirty years of exposure to the US government’s program of using the military as a test bed for social engineering. Since I first enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1978 I have noticed that women join the military for three reasons with an additional reason coming to the fore in the last ten years. Reason number one for a woman to enlist is to find a husband—check the statistics and see. Reason number two could be verified as well, they join because they are lesbians, a fact I have encountered since the 1970’s. Reason number three would be harder to verify but is nonetheless true. Women join because it gives them an avenue to exercise power over men. The newer fourth reason is equally disturbing and that is the single mothers who join, because military benefits far out class welfare benefits (and it looks more respectable).

    Throughout my career, both as an enlisted man and as an officer I have found that when a woman does not want to do a task she uses a variety of methods to get out of it. The most prominent of these is batting her eyes, playing the delicate woman. This used to work well on men raised in traditional families. The promise of sexual favors still works and is widely used. Perhaps the most egregious method used is pregnancy. If a woman does not want to deploy she gets pregnant. The replacement medical company in our sector in Iraq deployed 40% understrength. Why? Because in each and every empty position a woman used to serve, a woman who got pregnant to avoid deployment. If a man were to attempt to manufacture a medical condition to avoid deployment he would be charged with malingering. Yet when a woman gets pregnant we give them a maternity uniform and the attendant special privileges.

    The issue of women in combat has nothing to do with “leveling the playing field”. It is a political decision, pure and simple. A decision that could only be made with the all-volunteer social experiment we call the US military. If this is the decision then fine, level the playing field. Require all females at 18 to register with Selective Service. Eliminate double standards for physical fitness, make women meet the same standard men are required to meet. Finally eliminate the pregnancy exclusion, if a woman gets pregnant, charge her with malingering and discharge her. Then let’s see how they fare.

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