Lifting ban on women in front-line infantry

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  1. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

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    The military is poised to lift the ban on women serving as full-fledged combat infantry. The training for them would remain exactly the same training requirements as the men have to go through, and women would be taken into those units on a volunteer basis.

    Your thoughts?

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  3. NHdisneylover

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    I think it's shocking that it has taken so long.
     
  4. Pigeon

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    Long overdue.
     
  5. EMHDad

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    Support it.
     
  6. aaarcher86

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    100% fine with this :thumbsup2
     
  7. POOHsie

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    Long overdue. Glad to hear the news.
     
  8. EMHDad

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    Does this mean that girls will finally have to register for the draft at 18 as well? How do people feel about their daughters and sisters and nieces being drafted into service if heaven forbid the draft is instituted?
     
  9. NHdisneylover

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    Honestly? I hate that thought--but no more than I hate the thought of the possibility of my son being drafted.
    However, if I am reading it correctly, at this time that does not seem to be the case anyway--things are still not equal, just getting closer.
     
  10. jen1977

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    My concern with it would be if they were taken as POW's. These prisoners are tortured, and I can't imagine the things that would be done to these women if they were POW's. I do think that some women are strong enough and capable enough to do the job though.
     
  11. Acklander

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    I don't believe in the draft system, but yes - I think that women should register for the draft at 18 just like men are required to register.
     
  12. Acklander

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    I'm not sure I understand the comment - do you think it's easier for men to withstand torture more than women???
     
  13. Planogirl

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    I imagine that they're thinking about sexual assault being a part of that torture where that it is not always the case with men. Not to mention the possibility of sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy as a result. This was discussed on one of the morning shows.

    Regardless of that, I'm in favor of this move too.
     
  14. aaarcher86

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    I don't disagree with you, but I do think that any woman volunteering to be on the front line would be taking all of that into consideration when making that decision.
     
  15. jen1977

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    Yes, that's what I was referring to. I was talking to my Mom about it yesterday. I do not think that men could necessarily handle torture better, but I doubt that the sexual aspect is there with men, as well as pregnancy risks.
     
  16. jen1977

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    I would certainly hope so.
     
  17. Pigeon

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    I'm not in favor of anyone having to register for the draft.

    But in any event, this announcement doesn't affect draft registration.
     
  18. luvsJack

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    Not the pp, but no I don't think its easier for men to withstand it; but it is hard to think about the things they would do to a woman.

    I also wonder what many of our men in the military think about this. Would they feel "protective" of the women? How would that translate to the women being on the front lines?

    I do believe that the women in the military are just as capable as any of the men. I have no doubt they have the ability. But, I just wonder about it from many of the men's pov.

    While I don't necessarily think a woman NEEDS protecting anymore than a man; I do know men (and many that are military) that feel they do.

    I remember a Sociology prof. talking about this and about how many men in the south are in the military and this was a point that he brought up (not to make it a north vs. south discussion, but he just meant that many southern men have been brought up to protect the women around them.). He wasn't being sexist nor was he giving his own opinion so much as just stating that the men may indeed feel the need to protect a woman and put himself or others in danger by giving that protection.
     
  19. Pigeon

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    Women are over there serving and are in fact pretty much doing front line positions pretty similar to what men do. I heard some commentary from military officials yesterday that said this regulation is really just officially acknowledging what the reality is like on the ground, as combat roles are much more blurred than they used to be. So there are plenty of women who could be captured and tortured, etc., already. This ruling doesn't really change that.
     
  20. Princess Dolly

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    I'm for it. And those worried about sexual assault and the like...military women are already dealing with that at the hands of their fellow military men.
     
  21. gottaluvPluto

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    I'm all for it. However, women should have to pass the same physical test as men. When you are in combat, a woman will have to go over the same terrain as a guy. They won't get to choose the easier route.
     

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