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Should women in the military be allowed in "ground combat" operations?

Two women are suing. Here is their key argument: "“This limitation on plaintiffs’ careers restricts their current and future earnings, their potential for promotion and advancement, and their future retirement benefits,” the women said in the complaint filed by Christopher Sipes of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington."

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Two female soldiers asked a federal judge to throw out the U.S. military’s restrictions on women in combat, claiming the policy violates their constitutional rights.
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Jody B
 
From my experience in the US Navy, there is no reason a woman shouldn't be given the opportunity to be in "Combat." However, there are certain elements of the military that cannot support this position. Special Forces that are required to perform reconnaissance missions or objectives that lead to being tracked are of special concern.
 
They should be allowed in ground combat. They do the same training as men. They know how to protect themselves. They know how to use their weapon or weapons. Yes, if they want to be in combat, they should be allowed. Women aren't weak. Military women usually are not weak and need to be protected.
 
I have no problem with it and these women seem to really be ticked about it...They really want to Shoot Somebody...I think you better let them Go!!!
 
They've done the Same Training, Obviously Passed and Qualified and I know some that I would Serve next to With Honor!!!!
Jody B
 
Not that I am arguing with you +Margie Hearron and +Carl Sizelove I agree with ya'll, however women have a lesser standard when it comes to our Physical Fitness Standards.
 
Try being a Female Marine!!! Most Guys can't do it!!!
 
I was in the freaking military. Women work their butts off just as the same as the males. Women that want to fight should be allowed to fight in combat.
Jody B
 
+Carl Sizelove That is very accurate. I was a military recruiter for 4 years and you wouldn't believe the number of people that weren't qualified for the military much less the Marines Physical Fitness Standards
 
I Come from a Large Military Family and am a Veteran Myself and I know for a fact that many women in the Military can Defenately hold there own. The Top Military trainer in the United States Marines who trains Soldiers in Hand to Hand Combat is a 27 Year old Female and believe me she has the Men's utmost Respect!!!!
Jody B
 
Haha +Carl Sizelove I'll bet! I had a female in my division that I would put up against any guy. We called her scrappy. Small but could pack a punch!
 
One of my Favorites is this 24 year old ( Sherrie ) petite female that most would think was pretty incapable of Physical Combat. Wrong. Combat trained, 5th degree black Belt in Kung Fu. They Won't let her into Combat but she did become an MP and let me say that not one single guy would even dare challenge her, and it has been tried, My opinion is she really should be a Seal. She can take a lot of them. Very sweet and mild mannered but you best stay on her good side.
 
If they have the capability of going into combat, why not? Let 'em go to combat.
 
Just an Example, let's see if you remember this Girl..http://youtu.be/r6Th0thA4qc. is Cpl Kelsey De Santis. ( The one who asked Justin Timberlake to the Marine Corp Ball ) She is a Combat Martial Arts Instructor at Quantico, Va. I am sure that you are Familiar with what goes on at Quantico. This girl is Highly decorated and could take those Trainees standing behind Her!
 
the only downside I could see is if they get captured things could go very bad for them even more so then men. But women fought in the front lines for the soviet union during world war two... I don't know if they still do so its not like its unprecedented.
 
If a woman can be a cop why not a soldier? They have a good argument about the suppression of assignments that lead to higher pay and promotion and the general 14th Amendment "equal protection" angle. (The original story incorrectly refers to the 5th Amendment.) Here is clause 1 of the 14th. Look at the last part:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
 
now if they are allowed to hold combat rolls are women going to sign up for the draft?
 
There is still some Good Old Boys in the military, But Women are proving there worth and ability and the Military is Coming Around!!!
 
If you want my opinion.....women who are already in the military know how tough it is. If they want to up the ante and put themselves on the front lines too, then I think they should be allowed. I do sympathize with the male point of view as well but men just have to get over it. Women perform perfectly fine in combat positions in places like Israel.
 
Israeli Female Soldiers, some of the toughest Soldiers in the World!
 
I say yes. Also if they are trained to cut a person's throat it would help end rape and sexual harassment in the military. Just saying.
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