Well, this ban being lifted has ruffled quite a few feathers! I have been trying to keep up with the opinions being voiced, especially from active duty military and vets. I don’t care too much about what the politicians think! The majority of the men’s opinions are against women in combat. Now, that is the majority of what I have read…I’m not trying to step on toes here, just being honest.
The opposite is the opinion of most women, of course! Most, not all, of the women are screaming for equality and saying that they have already endured the complications and hardships of combat. Let me tell ya something…I don’t truly believe that for a second. Not to say it hasn’t happened, but I haven’t heard of a woman soldier being outside the wire for 72 hours or more on a mission.
(Sorry, but this was funny to me!)
I came across an article called “Five Myths about Women in Combat”. This article had me shaking my head and rolling my eyes. I know some won’t agree with me and that’s fine. But I’m gonna break ’em down and give my opinion…of course! Haha!
1. “Women are too emotionally fragile for combat.” – Women ARE more emotional than men! I don’t care what the cause, but I really believe women are more emotional. Hell, blame estrogen! We all know estrogen makes us a little kooky! Testosterone at least has the advantage of producing aggression and more muscle mass. Aggression and strength are needed on the front line. Being emotional only causes issues. Putting your emotions to the side is essential.
2. “Women are too physically weak for the battlefield.” – This is true as well. I have yet to meet a woman soldier that has the upper body strength to carry a 180-200lb man or the overall strength to drag a man of that size to safety in the event of injury.
3. “The presence of women causes sexual tension in training and battle.” – I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Look, humans are sexual beings. Stressful situations heighten sexual tension. Those are scientific facts. Now, am I saying that all men cheat? No. Am I saying that all women are homewreckers? No. I am saying that the stress and hardships of war do cause sexual tension. Lots of women want to complain and file actions dealing with sexual harassment, yet many of them make sexual comments and actions toward men. It seems to be ok for them to act that way towards the men but not ok for the men to make comments and such. That’s bullshit. You wanna act like one of the guys but can’t handle being treated like one (even though you are screaming EQUALITY!)??? Women, during a deployment, proposition men too. Don’t be fooled and think the women are all innocent. Men and women both make those decisions and both have to exercise will power.
4. “Male troops will become distracted from their missions in order to protect female comrades.” – I agree with this “myth” too. Most of the male soldiers have expressed their opinions on this statement. The majority agree that they would be more focused on protection of female soldiers…kinda like the whole damsel in distress thing. The mission sort of becomes second on the list due to the fact that they are trying to keep an extra eye on the women and their safety. If this is how the majority of male soldiers feel…then isn’t it selfish to put them in that position while in a combat zone? It is risking their lives and the mission at hand… all for that female’s ego. I know that sounds harsh, but I don’t want my husband’s life to be in even more jeopardy than already present in a combat zone.
5. “Women can’t lead men in combat effectively.” – Here again, I agree. The main reason goes back to emotion. I also think we should all consider the fear women should realize pertaining to the possibility of being captured during war. The torture women would endure would be so heinous. The emotion, stress, and fear of that torture if caught would greatly affect the woman’s ability to lead the men.
(this pic was sent to me a while back…not sure where it came from. It did make me giggle though!)
Here are a few opinions from a woman veteran that I’ve seen…these were sent to me with no name attached to them.
I saw the male combat units when I was in Iraq. They go outside the wire for days at a time. They eat, sleep, urinate and defecate in front of each other and often while on the move. There’s no potty break on the side of the road outside the wire. They urinate into bottles and defecate into MRE bags. I would like to hear a suggestion as to how a woman is going to urinate successfully into a bottle while cramped into a humvee wearing full body armor. And she gets to accomplish this feat with the male members of her combat unit twenty inches away. Volunteers to do that job? Do the men really want to see it? Should they be forced to?
The few integrated units in the IDF suffered three times the casualties of the all-male units because the Israeli men, just like almost every other group of men on the planet, try to protect the women even at the expense of the mission. Political correctness doesn’t trump thousands of years of evolution and societal norms. Do we really WANT to deprogram that instinct from men?
When you’re going over a wall in Baghdad that’s ten feet high, you have to be able to reach the top of it in full gear and haul yourself over. That’s not strength per se, that’s just height and the muscular explosive power to jump and reach the top. Having to get a boost from one of the men so you can get up and over could get that man killed.
I would have loved to be in the infantry. But I would never do that to the men. I would never sacrifice the mission for my own desires. And I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if someone died because of me.
This ban being lifted is going to cause major problems…mark my word! I know we all have different opinions and I respect that. Thanks for taking the time to read my opinion.