Women in Combat: What Do You Think?

The outgoing Defense Secretary has cleared women for combat

Sweeping new rules at the Pentagon -- ordered by outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after a year of consultations with senior military officers -- require the military services to expand all positions to women -- or convince the defense secretary why those jobs should remain exclusively male.

Do you support or oppose this change? Tell us in the comments section below.

The armed services have until May 15 to submit specific plans for lifting all remaining job restrictions for women, and until January 2016 for all exemptions to be sought and changes to be put in place, according to a Huffington Post report.

Read more: Marine Corps Major Debunks Myths About Women in Combat

The changes do not require the approval of Congress, which will have 30 days to weigh in on the decision.

Armed Citizen January 29, 2013 at 05:49 PM
It's people like Amend that attempt to make women, who aspire to be good homemakers and properly raise the child they carried in their womb for 9 months, feel less than adequate.
Amend January 29, 2013 at 06:20 PM
@Armed citizen- funny, I thought it was mostly women in the service who were calling for the change. How is my comment a reflection of them seeming inadequate? Seems more like those who think that their only role in life should be birthers and homemakers that do that...lest they become a distraction for men.
Armed Citizen January 30, 2013 at 05:49 PM
@Amend, your argument is purely based on fantasy and emotion. It defies logic, science and evolution. What the women "want" in this situation is entirely irrelevant to the discussion. Furthermore, your comment -"Seems more like those who think that their only role in life should be birthers and homemakers that do that...lest they become a distraction for men" is offensive and shows your contempt for women with traditional values.
Amend January 30, 2013 at 07:43 PM
@Armed Citizen- women have been in combat positions in the US military for over 10 years. They fight and die just like the men in our military do. That's not fantasy or emotion. That just is. Nor is that an attack on those women who chose to hold what you deem "traditional values". Thats just a canard, a distraction from the outright sexist notion that women can't perform and excell in combat roles. That's an arbitrary limitation being put forth by men who prefer women to remain in "traditional roles" only. it's the same bs logic that kept women from voting and from them earning equal pay even today. Like I said, Isreal has had women in combat roles even before the country was formally founded. There's your example that it's possible, and even beneficial.
Ann January 30, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Bottom line, if they can pass the test they should be allowed. The facts are though that there just won't be that many woman that can meet the requirements. The woman that have attempted thus far have failed. At what point will standards be lowered to offer more woman the opportunity?


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