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Zero Doubt in My Mind That Women Can Compete on the Battlefield

Do you think women can hold their own on the battlefield with men?

Today's news that the military is finally going to let women compete for positions previously only held by men has me feeling like my gender is getting a well-deserved chance to show how tough we really are.

Damn right women should be allowed to compete for the toughest battlefield jobs. It's about time.

Women have long proven they can be super star athletes, emergency room doctors, firefighters, police officers, air traffic controllers and any other difficult dirty job they set their minds to. Giving them the equal opportunity to try out for the most challenging military jobs is long overdue.

Females are incredibly tough inside and out. Seriously. We're amazing multi-taskers, negotiators and problem solvers. We handle stress well. We're determined. And we love being physically stretched to our limits as much as any man.

Nothing has driven this belief home to me more than childbirth and motherhood.

I've watched female friends and family members transform from girls to women facing unbelievable challenges: mindnumbing pain, loss, sickness, bloody accidents, 9-1-1 calls, ambulance rides and car accidents — with the strength of a 1,000 war heroes. And then make dinner and pay the bills afterward.

I'm glad, too, that the military is saying it's not going to make any concessions on the job requirements, unless those job requirements don't make sense. It shouldn't, because if the soldier — male or female — can't do what's required for the job, they're putting themselves and their fellow troops at risk.

So I'm excited by this development. And proud that my gender will have a chance to prove what we already know. We're a lot stronger than you might think.

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Voter with an ID January 29, 2013 at 07:38 PM
You should read Kathleen Parker's article in the Contra Costa Times from 1/29: http://www.contracostatimes.com/opinion/ci_22466621/kathleen-parker-putting-women-and-girls-hands-enemy Before you commit 18 year old girls to the battlefield with combatants who would abuse them, hold them hostage and behead them for being infidels, think again about what point you're trying to prove. Despite the law claiming men and women are equal, to claim that they are physically or mentally equal in the heat of battle (or in any other situation, for that matter) is to deny reality for the sake of political correctness. Don't get me wrong, putting women and gays on the front lines may help preserve our secondary forces from becoming cannon fodder, but I guess that's the price for 'equality'. From the article: "Now, hold the image of your 18-year-old daughter, neighbor, sister or girlfriend as you follow these facts, which somehow have been ignored in the advancement of a fallacy. The fallacy is that because men and women are equal under the law, they are equal in all endeavors and should have all access to the same opportunities. This is true except when the opportunity requires certain characteristics. Fact: Females have only half the upper-body strength as males -- no small point in the field." Good luck changing nature to fit your one size fits all version of society.
Nick February 01, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Your point is easily invalidated. Israel has mandatory military service, and women are not exempt from combat service. In fact, the Caracal Battalion is composed of 70% women, the K9 Commando Unit Oketz drafts elite female soldiers for combat purposes. You deny reality for some false sense that women cannot be combat soldiers. Keep in mind, hostage situations are a rare occurrence, and more importantly, they're not fighting with swords and bows, but with a machine that fires high velocity projectiles that anyone can handle with ease.

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