- Posted January 26, 2013 by
Des Moines, Washington
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Women in combat: Your take
Women are Fierce
The U.S. military will end its policy of excluding women from combat and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops, CNN has learned. Since 1994, the Defense Department has formally banned women from most ground combat units. The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Pentagon on behalf of four female service members over the combat exclusion policy, saying women are already serving in combat roles but not receiving the training or recognition of their male counterparts.
For me this is a no-brainer. All combat troops should be clever, skilled, agile, and physically fit to handle the job. It does not matter if the officer is a man, woman, black, white, Latino, gay, or straight. It does not matter if they like their Martini shaken not stirred. Some things are irrelevant. It is a job. Either the person can do the job or they cannot do the job.
Some argue that testosterone matters, and women cannot carry the load that men can carry. If testosterone is the standard, then one must also agree that any male with low testosterone should not be allowed to serve in the military. Approximately 15 million men suffer from low testosterone; therefore we should just cross all of those men off our list.
Every single argument against women serving in combat attacks the essential qualities that make her a woman. ‘She’ menstruates, therefore should not be in combat, ‘she’ cries at sad movies, therefore she should not be in combat. Many of the arguments paint men as primitive cavemen who are capable of handling the horrors of combat, while upholding the old idea that women are delicate little flowers. Many women work in the trauma unit of emergency rooms; women work as surgeons, undertakers, corners and have many of the same difficult jobs that men have.
I have yet to hear a single argument against women serving in combat that does not rely on either religion or an archaic gender stereotype. The move to allowing women in combat is good for the country. I am confident that it will make the United States military stronger and better.