From: Jackson Tn
70 years ago, it was against "social norm" for white and black soldiers to serve together. Times change. Get over yourselves.
..............nice try termite
How about a few more thoughts on equality.
1. Women's restrooms should now be open to men. If women have no problem defecating in front of male combat soldiers, they should be ok with me entering their public restrooms. Seriously.
2. Imagine the sheer joy our enemies would experience when they realize the horror Americans would feel if a female combat soldier could be tortured.
3. Whether women can kill or not is irrelevant. One study of a brigade operating in Iraq in 2007 showed that women sustained more casualties than their male counterparts and suffered more illnesses. Female soldiers experienced three times the evacuation rate of male soldiers. And of those evacuated for medical reasons, a shocking 74 percent were for pregnancy-related issues. Does anyone see a problem here???
Consider this: "A poll of military personnel was taken by the University of Connecticut (The Roper Poll) that showed that 56% of the women in “mixed gender units” became pregnant just prior or during there duty in Desert Storm. (Hoar 1) In the same poll, 46% claimed that the pregnancies, “had a negative impact on unit readiness” and 59% said it had a, “negative impact on morale.” (Hoar 1)" http://www.grossmont.net/musgrave2/Grammar%20Hospital/new%20pages/opponent.example.htm
"The Majority (of the Presidential Commission) recommended, and the alternative view concurred, that not only should women be excluded from direct land combat units and positions, but that existing service policy on such exclusion should also be codified into law.
Based on the testimony presented to the Commission, the exclusion policy should continue to include multiple-launch rocket systems and field artillery units. Despite technological advances, ground combat is no more refined, no less barbaric, and no less physically demanding that it has been throughout history. The ground combatant relies heavily on his physical strength and mental toughness for survival....
The Commission heard an abundance of expert testimony about the physical differences between men and women that can be summarized as follows:
Women's aerobic capacity is significantly lower, meaning they cannot carry as much as far as fast as men, and they are more susceptible to fatigue.
Women are shorter, have less muscle mass, and weigh less than men, placing them at a distinct disadvantage when performing tasks requiring a high level of muscular strength and aerobic capacity, like ground combat.
Women are also at a higher risk for exercise-induced injuries than men, with 2.13 times greater risk for lower extremity injuries, and 4.71 times greater risk for stress fractures.
In his testimony before the Commission, Dr. William Gregor, LTC, USA (Ret.), a military science professor at the University of Michigan, elaborated on the following differences:
In terms of physical capability, the upper five percent of women are at the level of the male median.
This means that in the very physically demanding ground combat environment, as a unit extends the physical envelope of its members, the men have room to improve, whereas the women have already reached the upper end of their limits."
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