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February 04, 2013

Question for the Ages...

When active duty women express concern about fraternization in the ranks, sexual harrassment/assault, and personal hygiene facilities, and the differing physical capabilities of men and women, are these issues still rightly dismissed as politically incorrect and ridiculously sexist? What about involuntary assignment to combat arms specialties (which, if women are truly to be treated equally, would be required)?

About 17 percent of male Marine respondents and 4 percent of female respondents who planned to stay in the service or were undecided said they would likely leave if women move into combat positions. That number jumped to 22 percent for male Marines and 17 percent for female Marines if women are assigned involuntarily to those jobs, according to the survey.

Both sexes mentioned intimate relationships between Marines and feeling obligated to protect female Marines among their top five concerns about the change.

Female Marines also said they worried about being targeted by enemies as POWs, the risk of sexual harassment or assault, and hygiene facilities, according to the survey, which did not give specifics.

The women surveyed also expressed concern about acceptance and physical abilities if given a ground combat job.

Posted by Cassandra at February 4, 2013 07:36 AM

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Now, now: You just don't get it. "Diversity" and equality of outcome are all that matters. BHO didn't even say "combat readiness" in his remarks just before the Super Bowl. Who would want to spoil an opportunity to pander to yet another group by considering actual facts? Not us, no sirree!

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at February 4, 2013 09:48 AM

"Combat readiness"? A decade of war is ending. Why would we put combat readiness before anything?

Posted by: BHO at February 4, 2013 03:08 PM

Well, as the Romans used to say (Mongo's rough translation) "If you wish for peace, prepare for war". When they stopped doing that, they went down in flames.

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at February 4, 2013 05:22 PM

...they went down in flames.

So first you complain about combat readiness, and now it's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

Posted by: BHO at February 4, 2013 05:57 PM

So first you complain about combat readiness, and now it's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

*smack!* :)

Posted by: Cass at February 4, 2013 06:31 PM

Well, actually I was referring to the Gauls/Goths burning the City--but whatever.

Posted by: CAPT Mongo at February 5, 2013 09:58 AM

Clearly, these young men and women don't _get_ it, and are brainwashed by ... something. Dominant patriarchal power structure? A culture of conformity masking as penis envy? Something like that.

Prediction. This will work out okay. Few rough patches. Some soldiers will leave, shaking their heads, at the end of their enlistment. These will be seen as dinosaurs, guys who don't get it. Not team players.

Women will be integrated into infantry, armor, arty. Adjustments will be made. Maybe they'll put more gear on the hummer, reduce the basic load. It's the 21st century, we're all motorized!

Everything will be gravy. Until we find ourselves staring at another TF Smith, or Ch'ongch'on.

But hey: equality.

Posted by: Brian Dunbar at February 5, 2013 10:34 PM