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Panetta opens combat roles to women

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LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) -- Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

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1/23/2013 3:14:20 PM (GMT -5:00)

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Dangerous Move

to put women on the front line of combat. I have no doubt that women would perform in combat with skill and bravery. I have no doubt that women would follow and live up to the standards expected of a combat troop. Situations develop where wounded must be extracted as quickly and safely as possible. I know women would want to react but can they complete the task? Picking up or dragging someone twice your size out of a firefight is no easy task and most of the time there is no time to wait until someone else bigger and stronger comes along. I have no concern about the character and bravery of our women service members however there are physical limitations that could create more harm than help. I am sure the Sec. of Defense has studied this issue and has made his decision based on sound information or at least I hope so!

This is great!

This is a great step forward! Women, show em what you got! Thank you, -MEN

Change a Track

I was a Tank Commander and this is a 4 man tight knit crew, Tank Commander, Gunner, Loader and Driver. You are out in the field for months, you live on the tank. Maintenance on a tank involves heavy tools, and track segments are very heavy. A 100 lb lady is not physically able to assist the crew and it means the male crew members have to work harder to take up the slack. Women will break up the cohesion of the crew with jealousy and sexual desires. Tank crews work together and train together and all have to pull their weight. Pregnancy breaks up and weakens the crew. You depend on each other in combat. There is no time to stop for personal hygiene. Women on tanks will not work!

WOMEN ON FRONT LINE

I THINK WOMEN SHOULD NOT BE ON THE FRONT LINE OF COMBAT, BECAUSE THEY ARE EMOTIONIAL CREATURES, BUT IF THEY CAN DEAL WITH THE POINT OF KILLING AND NOT EFFECT THIER FAMILY BACK HOME, GO FOR IT!!!

Please just do not water

Please just do not water down the standards or training especially for the elite units. I know there are plenty of women who can make it on their own with no assistance.

If a woman can meet the same

If a woman can meet the same standards as the men on the front line, I am absolutely for it.

I am all for it - as a woman and as a human being. I applaud women and men who choose combat roles.

Some men and women use the excuse of menstruation for preventing women from serving in combat. Well, the reality is that birth control offers the option to forego menstrual cycles completely.

For those who cry about rape, women can be raped even in civilian roles. Women who choose to enlist in combat positions know the risks, just like men do. Men can be raped and tortured as well, by the way.

About damn time

I know of several women who were better marksmen than many of the guys in my unit. They were also good hand to hand fighters as well
In short there is little difference.
This is very good news for our armed forces and will greatly expand the pool of available combat soldiers !!!
About time

Vog

Sure

They might be good shots...but close hand to hand...FORGET IT SHE'S DEAD! VERY few women can handle their own in a fight against a grown man. This will result in women dying on the front lines in LARGE numbers and men dying not thinking things through.