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This Debate Isn't Over....

Posted By Deebow • [January 17, 2011]

Even with the decision of senior officers who may be worried about their legacy...

Women, who make up some 14 percent of the armed forces, should finally be permitted to serve fully in front-line combat units, a military advisory panel says.

This area of "discrimination" is something we need to talk about.  Allow me to wax eloquent as to why I think this is a monstrously bad idea.  But before we get really started into this discussion, let me ask everyone, girl and guy, a few questions to ponder to yourself:

  1. If you were moving everything you own into a new house, who would you want to help you move? (A) the UConn Huskies Women's Basketball Team or (B) The University of Wisconsin Offensive Line. 
  2. If you were about to be in a barfight with some dark and shady characters, who would you want to have your back? (A) the cops from the show "Policewoman of Dallas" on TLC or (B) Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and Royce Gracie.
  3. If your family member who is US Army Ranger was about to be deployed to Afghanistan, would you want the person who might have to pull him out of the line of fire in order to get him treated by the medics to be (A) an NCAA record holding female powerlifter who quit school to be a Ranger or (B) one of the guys working on the show "Ax Men." 

For those of you considering your choices at home, I will give you extra time, and we will get back to what I chose later, but for now, let's get into this.

In the "big 5," (which for those who don't know, is Infantry, Armor, Cavalry, Artillery and Special Forces), only males are allowed, and there is a big reason why; physical strength is necessary in most every part of the job.  So, having girls in this career field might not be the best idea.

Let's just take the Infantry for example, the listing for the Infantry job description says this is what is required to join.

ASVAB Score Required: 90 in aptitude area CO.

Security Clearance: None required

Strength Requirement: very heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 111221

And as it turns out, "VERY HEAVY" is defined as:  Lift on an occasional basis over 100 pounds with frequent or constant lifting in excess of 50 pounds.

Every MOS in the 13 Series (artillery) and 19 Series (armor) has either a "moderately heavy" or "very heavy."  18 Series (Special Forces) has no listed set standard, but any time spent watching TLC, Discovery or the Military Channel will show you all you need to know about that. 

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in September that he expects women to be let into special operations forces eventually, and in a careful, deliberate manner.

Really?  I think Uncle J or Froggy might have an opinion on whether or not women could survive the kick in the jimmy that SFAS, "Q" Course, BUD/S et. al. is.  I am certain it has a great deal to do with attitude and fire in the gut, but if you can't make the run standard, ruck march standard, swim standard, pull up standard etc. you get recycled or dropped.  Bottom line:  Pound for pound, soup to nuts--There is no cohort of girls who is going to be able to out ruck, out lift, or out muscle a comparable cohort of boys.

Feminism has led you ladies astray by making you believe what you know in your heart to be untrue.  

And let's not even talk about how, according to the US Army at least, women need to take showers.  They need certain medical support that men do not, and the Army is required by regulation to provide those facilities to soldiers.  I can tell you that at Fire Base Olaes in Zormat, I did not have the ability to provide separate bathrooms or showers.  Ditto for just about every down-range COP or Firebase in Afghanistan.  So unless part of the integration plan is to have the showers set up like those in Starship Troopers, I don't believe it will work (and maybe not even then).  

And this may be a matter of semantics, but the rule says you can't "assign" them but you can "attach" them to units that are in combat.  Fine, but they won't necessarily be part of my maneuver element, and they can operate in their MOS.  As long as they can complete the Combat Triad, then I am good with it.  Women have been "in combat" for a long time, doing the jobs that they are allowed to do.

So how is that, like the report suggests that "keeping women out of combat posts prohibits them from serving in roughly 10 percent of Marine Corps and Army occupational specialties and thus is a barrier to advancement."  If they have been "in combat" all this time as this report suggests, regardless of MOS, that is the "ticket punch" necessary to advance in their career.  If you are already a top flight leader in supply or transportation, you need to change branches to get shot at, blown up and mortared in order to get promoted?

And what happens if, when you are filling out your dream sheet as an about to be newly minted female 2LT from West Point or Annapolis, you fill out your 6 branches in order of like to dislike and Infantry isn't one of your choices, because who wants to spend all of their time walking around in the forest with all your crap when you could be an MP (a branch open to women) that gets to do Infantry stuff, but gets a truck to carry all that stuff around in?  And because the needs of the Army outweigh yours, you get detailed to the Infantry and are now on your way to IOBC and Air Assault School, followed by Ranger School.  And BTW, this happens to guys all the time.  

But this is a whole other area now.  We are talking about saying that women can do the same thing as men (they can't) and putting them in places where they have not only a higher likelihood of being heinously killed (same as their male counterparts as it turns out).  Call me old fashioned, but I would prefer that the man to my left or right was actually a man.

And back to the pop quiz from earlier, the answers are all "B."  Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that when it comes to lifting heavy stuff, kicking asses, or saving your buddies life when the going gets tough, there is no replacement, for displacement.  We don't send boys to do a man's job and we don't send women either. 

I know it, anyone who has ever had to move a sleeper sofa or has been in a barfight knows it, everyone in the "Big 5" knows it, and most importantly, the moms of the young men in the "Big 5" knows what I am saying is true.

Ass kicking is "our" business.  We have our strengths, the ladies have theirs, and that was the way it was intended.


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