Lifting the ban on women in combat…
This issue has been causing an uproar online! People are battling over whether this is a good decision or not. Some say it is a great idea and that women should be allowed to do the job they want. Some say women can’t do the job as well as the men do. You got a lot of men and women saying that women are not physically strong enough to do the requirements demanded in combat. I have seen several people state that a woman‘s emotions would cause issues in combat as well.
Well….I’m pretty sure I’m about to make some people really upset! My opinion is that it is a bad idea. I don’t agree with lifting this ban. Yes, I know there are and have been women in infantry units and such…I still don’t agree with it.
I know several woman are proposing the “equal opportunity” side for this argument, but that gets blown out of proportion. They set standards and tests that have to be passed in order to be able to serve in combat, but just as soon as one misses the mark and is turned down it becomes a huge battle! It has happened in the past and it will happen again. “They were too strict, they weren’t fair, they were too judgemental, they intentionally failed me due to my gender.” Not all, but a lot of women would “milk” those excuses when in fact, they just weren’t physically fit enough or whatever to pass the tests or the standards put in place. Bottom line…A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE TO PASS THE SAME PT TESTS AND SUCH AS THE MEN IN ORDER TO FIGHT IN COMBAT. If a man has to do 70 push ups within a two-minute period…so does the woman!
The physically fit part bothers me too. I have to admit, I agree with the women that have stated most women just aren’t strong enough to be dependable in combat. You got a 200lb man needing to be pulled to safety…a 120lb (for example) woman probably wouldn’t be able to handle that situation. I would think the men would feel better knowing their guys have their back and would have no problems physically pulling them out of harm’s way. Just my opinion…so don’t take offense please.
Next on the list…emotion. Yea, I know some are probably rolling their eyes right now. But the truth is, women are more emotional. I’m not saying men are all stone cold or anything, but men tend to be more “act now, think later”. I think that is a good quality in combat. I would think most women would be more likely to freeze up or hesitate. Those two reactions are definitely not good in combat zones. Stress levels run high during a deployment and being in combat raising that stress way above the bar. Here again, I think men handle high levels of stress a little better. I know several people are probably thinking about PTSD right now. And yes, PTSD is a huge problem resulting from deployments, but I still side with men handling their stress and emotions better.
I’m gonna catch hell for this next one! But here goes! CNN just published an article called “Unplanned pregnancy on rise in military.” This is a problem folks. A unit trains together and prepares for deployment together. It’s damaging to a unit when women have to stay behind, after training and preparing together, due to unplanned pregnancy. It is irresponsible. Yes, I know it takes “two to tango”, but being responsible for your part within the unit is necessary. Also, this is an issue during deployments. Here again, completely irresponsible. It costs the military, as stated in the CNN article, around $10,000 to send a servicewoman home from overseas due to pregnancy. You get sent home, your unit is down a soldier due to this issue.
So, there you have it! I know lots of people will disagree with me and that’s ok. I stand firm on my opinion. I am more old-fashioned and I was raised that way. I’m proud of that. Women can do lots of things that men can…combat just isn’t one of them.
P.S. I just have to add in this little funny tid bit! I just ran a spell check and “servicewoman” was underlined in red. When I clicked on it, the word that popped up (since red means misspelled) was serviceman! LOL Damn!!!