Women in combat? Why?

I have been wondering – and maybe some of you out there can enlighten me – about our nation’s decision to allow women the right to fight in combat like their male counterparts. I am all about equal rights, but really – women in combat zones, fighting hand-to-hand, face-to-face with the bad guys?

I am pretty sure there are some women out there who are perfectly capable of living up to that standard. I, myself, have worked in a predominantly male profession for a long time, so I can say a few things about equal work and keeping up with a man on a job that was designed specifically for a male. It is hard work, ladies, and at times it has been downright grueling – but for the money, it pays better than anything I could have done in a predominantly female field. And I haven’t regretted it much, other than the wear and tear on my body.

My concern about women in combat is more with future young women (our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, etc.) who suddenly will be equal in the eyes of the law, and will have to go on their 18th birthdays like their male counterparts and register with Selective Service.

Don’t think it won’t happen – you asked for it, you probably will get it. It won’t matter that you don’t want to go in the military, because I am sure there were a lot of men who didn’t want to go either. But if you are professing equal rights, then I guess fair is fair.

Women always have been in the background for the military, in support positions. And I know some women soldiers who absolutely are courageous and enjoy the military life. But I don’t think your average American girl will be cut out for this type of duty. One day, she may not get the choice; it will be made for her. And this is the time you will remember as the beginning of the end of innocence.

But then, I remember reading somewhere that every man and woman in Israel serves in some capacity for their country for a couple of years when he or she turns 18, whether in the military or in some other service for the government. With today’s youth, maybe it would give them some perspective of life in the real world.

What are your thoughts? I was just wondering.

Lynda Andress

Hephzibah

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