Department of Defense Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

Jan 21, 2013 Read more: NBC29 Charlottesville 22
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is lifting the ban on women fighting in forward combat operations. Read more
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citizen

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Jan 23, 2013
If you want to change US foreign policy very quickly simply capture a few female troops and let the American media get you all the concessions (and secret foreign aid and assistance) you could ever hope for.
Citizen Soldier

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jan 24, 2013
Ladies, now you all will have to register for selective services in order to get your financial aid.
Citizen Soldier

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Jan 24, 2013
THE LAW
Selective Service law as it's written now refers specifically to "male persons" in stating who must register and who would be drafted. For women to be required to register with Selective Service, Congress would have to amend the law.

THE SUPREME COURT
The constitutionality of excluding women was tested in the courts. A Supreme Court decision in 1981, Rostker v. Goldberg, held that registering only men did not violate the due process clause of the Constitution.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
At President Clinton's request, the Department of Defense reviewed this issue in 1994. DoD noted that America's prior drafts were used to supply adequate numbers of Army ground combat troops. Because women are excluded by policy from front line combat positions, excluding them from the draft process remains justifiable in DoD's view. Although no conclusions were reached, DoD recognized that policies regarding women need to be reviewed periodically because the role of women in the military continues to expand.

The Selective Service System, if given the mission and additional funding, is capable of registering and drafting women with its existing infrastructure.
Com

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jan 24, 2013
I have no problem with gender equality when it's actual equality.

The Molly Pitch Project now needs to lobby congress for a change to selective service. If males are required to register for the draft, then draft age females should be required to do the same.
Eaglescout1984

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Jan 24, 2013
Is it just me, or is it odd to celebrate the right to be among the first to die in a war?
rocktown

Broadway, VA

#11 Jan 24, 2013
So much for you parents who thought letting your little girl join the military would just mean a safe desk job and free college in four years...
OMG

United States

#12 Jan 24, 2013
The photo clearly shows the female soldier discussion her feelings with her field commander. I guess he is a very patient man.
Dude

Warrenton, VA

#13 Jan 24, 2013
As long as PRT standards are not compromised,I have no problem with this; though I'm not sure that our puritanical sexually repressed society is ready for this. Canada, Italy, Germany, Israel and several other countries allow it.
Dude

Warrenton, VA

#14 Jan 24, 2013
rocktown wrote:
So much for you parents who thought letting your little girl join the military would just mean a safe desk job and free college in four years...
The conversation nobody wants to have is that even in non-combat roles, pregnancy before and during deployments causes mass attrition.
Observer

Charlottesville, VA

#15 Jan 24, 2013
Our male and female troops are confronting an enemy that still lives in a fourteenth century culture. The enemy would benefit greatly by the capture of our female troops. The unspeakable horrors these women would have to endure would do tremendous damage to the morale of our forces. Are these women ready and willing to take the inevitable rape and torture? How will our male our troops react when it happens? Women may be seeking "equal opportunity". Just know that the enemy will not treat a female captive "equally".
Veteran

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jan 24, 2013
Speaking as someone who has a combined military service of only 28-years; I find this disturbing. Primarily because an Infantry Unit is not a place I would want my sister, niece, girlfriend, wife, mother or any female friend to be assigned to.

Unless you have spent any time in an Infantry Unit (I spent four years on active duty as an Infantryman) I would be hard pressed to describe the type of an environment it is. The worse part is, you want that type of a culture for those who have been assigned to close with and kill your enemies.

The other thing I find disturbing is no matter how much lip service these politicians give you, they will lower the physical standards just to give women the chance to get into those units. This is not a hit on women - I have served with quite a few who has met or exceeded those physical standards.

But most of those I would not want serving in Combat Units because they would manipulate the system for their own advantage. I have seen women complete a Road March carrying nothing but themselves and their canteen while the males in her group got to carry their rucksack, rifles, Load bearing equipment and helmet.

The US Army tested this concept with an all-female Airborne Infantry Platoon back in the 1980s. It failed miserably because of the physical limitations that cannot be avoided.

I really hope that this social experiment (and that is all it is) works out and does not get people killed. But based on my experiences and observation, I fear for all those who are serving in our military regardless of their gender.
Mountain mama

Free Union, VA

#17 Jan 24, 2013
excop wrote:
Sweet! No more thre day passes just to have a little fun, it's there with you!
I hopethey provide birth control.... Give them all the 3 month shot! We don't need any more orphans to take care or paternity suits, or divorce, or split households!
Guardian

Rocky Mount, VA

#18 Jan 24, 2013
If these Feminist Liberals behind this legislation could sue God for their inability to produce sperm they would, and U.V.A. would provide the legal assistance. Long live Feminism at any cost including the Military Readiness of this Nation. Political correctness is just another form of mental illness, and these Liberals are the schizophrenics.
Guardian

Rocky Mount, VA

#19 Jan 24, 2013
Veteran wrote:
Speaking as someone who has a combined military service of only 28-years; I find this disturbing. Primarily because an Infantry Unit is not a place I would want my sister, niece, girlfriend, wife, mother or any female friend to be assigned to.
Unless you have spent any time in an Infantry Unit (I spent four years on active duty as an Infantryman) I would be hard pressed to describe the type of an environment it is. The worse part is, you want that type of a culture for those who have been assigned to close with and kill your enemies.
The other thing I find disturbing is no matter how much lip service these politicians give you, they will lower the physical standards just to give women the chance to get into those units. This is not a hit on women - I have served with quite a few who has met or exceeded those physical standards.
But most of those I would not want serving in Combat Units because they would manipulate the system for their own advantage. I have seen women complete a Road March carrying nothing but themselves and their canteen while the males in her group got to carry their rucksack, rifles, Load bearing equipment and helmet.
The US Army tested this concept with an all-female Airborne Infantry Platoon back in the 1980s. It failed miserably because of the physical limitations that cannot be avoided.
I really hope that this social experiment (and that is all it is) works out and does not get people killed. But based on my experiences and observation, I fear for all those who are serving in our military regardless of their gender.
Seen the exact same thing on Active Duty, and in the Reserves. The reality of Combat Arms, especially Infantry, and what these Crusaders for women's rights think it is, are polar opposites. A female MP riding in a Humvee manning a .50 cal, and an Infantryman rucking 26 miles carrying 60-80 lbs on his back and a 240B in his hands, kicking in doors, ain't the same thing. The ultimate goal of these Feminist Liberals is to destroy our Military, nothing more, nothing less. It has nothing to do with the rights of women. 100% of the women who try this will be on disability before their 1st enlistment is up. Who is going to pay for that fiasco?
G Luv

Charlottesville, VA

#20 Jan 24, 2013
Guardian wrote:
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The ultimate goal of these Feminist Liberals is to destroy our Military, nothing more, nothing less.
This one stands head and shoulders above your other idiotic statements.
One Man

Charlottesville, VA

#21 Jan 24, 2013
Guardian wrote:
If these Feminist Liberals behind this legislation could sue God for their inability to produce sperm they would, and U.V.A. would provide the legal assistance. Long live Feminism at any cost including the Military Readiness of this Nation. Political correctness is just another form of mental illness, and these Liberals are the schizophrenics.
Indeed! The hysterical militant feminists that want "equality" are directly opposed to Natural Law. Nevertheless, in the fervent and untiring efforts of the left wing to placate these, we bolster and strengthen the Ameican Culture of Death, in the interest of Imperialism and other overseas conquests.
Guardian

Rocky Mount, VA

#22 Jan 24, 2013
G Luv wrote:
<quoted text>
This one stands head and shoulders above your other idiotic statements.
Glad you liked it, thanks. LOL
Guardian

Rocky Mount, VA

#23 Jan 24, 2013
One Man wrote:
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Indeed! The hysterical militant feminists that want "equality" are directly opposed to Natural Law. Nevertheless, in the fervent and untiring efforts of the left wing to placate these, we bolster and strengthen the Ameican Culture of Death, in the interest of Imperialism and other overseas conquests.
What we bolster and strengthen with this political correctness is our enemies resolve to destroy us.
lol

Charlottesville, VA

#24 Jan 24, 2013
Thanks for deleting my comment NBC29 nazis, lets just delete the things that offend us and silence peoples opinions we don't agree with. I suppose that's the NEW American way of journalism...
Veteran

Charlottesville, VA

#25 Jan 24, 2013
One thing people are not paying much attention to is the question: Is America willing to accept what will happen to their daughters, mothers, wives, sisters and girlfriends if they are captured by the enemy?

Are we as a society ready to see images of a 17-year old blue-eyed, blonde-haired, girl-next-door brutalized, raped, sodomized and then stoned to death on Al Ja-Gore-A?

An enemy who regularly stones their own teenaged daughter to death just for speaking to a boy to whom they were not promised to will do much worse to an American female they capture on the battlefield. If what happened to the prettiest school children during the Beslan Hostage incident (you should read on what sorts of items they used to rape these unfortunate children with) is any indication, it isn't going to be very pretty.

But then again, the very feminists who pushed for this could care less. Neither they nor their children are ever going to join the military much less in a combat role.

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