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gaflyboy 01/25/13 - 08:44 am
"Now, women ALLOWED in combat!"

And the next time the U.S. implements the draft … then what?

Gregory J. Topliff
Gregory J. Topliff 01/25/13 - 11:06 am
This idea of having woman in

This idea of having woman in combat rolls was put forth some 20 to 30 years ago. Back then I wrote that I was opposed to it and I'm still opposed to it. Being a combat marine Vietnam veteran and former squad leader in 60 mortars wounded five times in action, I can say it was bad enough helping my corpsman administer first aid to our wounded men let alone a woman.
Further, most men have been raised to protect their woman. We were raised to love and care for them. I’m pretty sure according to biblical history, that woman were put on this earth to populate mankind. They gave life as opposed to take life.
Also, the majority of men are sexually attracted to woman; in the real world this is a distraction. In the world of the military a distraction like that will get you killed.
Another factor that hasn’t been mentioned is, men don’t have to deal with their time of the month. What happens when a woman’s period is so bad that they can’t go into combat? Does the war stop? Do our troops go out into the field minus a few people? Other than family members, I have known many women over the years that had to lie on a heating pad to deal with the discomfort their time of the month brings.
Lastly, to have a woman blown apart before your eyes will create more PTSD than this country has ever seen in my opinion. Not only that, but it appears to me that the powers that be want to turn our woman and men into a bunch of robots and sociopath’s that don't feel a thing otherwise, they will be ineffectual in combat. It's not the right thing to do. 100% disabled marine Vietnam veteran.

Darby 01/25/13 - 06:13 pm
"And the next time the U.S. implements the draft …

then what?"

Then it becomes, "Women required in combat", but you knew that's where the libs are leading us anyway. The idea is not so much women in combat or "fairness" but to undermine and weaken what, until now has been the strongest military organization the world has ever known.

Once the US military has been fully feminized, then it becomes so much easier to deal with our enemies on an "equal" footing, given that we will no longer have the advantage we have now. The libs who drive the Democrat political machine believe we have an unfair advantage in the world. They view our military with fear and contempt.

If it were even remotely possible to integrate women into all combat positions, without lowering standards, we would have a place to begin negotiations. That's never going to happen.

I remember when the WACS, WAVES etc., were disbanded and women were integrated into the armed forces, the same claims were made. We were told then that the PT requirements were artificially high and needed to be lowered so as not to discriminate against women.

And here we go again!

hwduncan 01/25/13 - 07:22 pm
Women in the Israel Defense Forces

"Israel presently has mandatory military service requirement for women. Women have taken part in Israel’s military before and since the founding of the state in 1948, with women currently comprising 33% of all Israeli Defensce Force soldiers and 51% of its officers, fulfilling various roles within the Ground, Navy and Air Forces. The 2000 Equality amendment to the Military Service law states that "The right of women to serve in any role in the IDF is equal to the right of men." As of now, 88% to 92% of all roles in the IDF are open to female candidates, while women can be found in 69% of all positions.

Mandatory service for women in the IDF is 24 months, apart from roles specified in law which require a service length of 36 months. Women may be exempted from military service for reasons of religious conscience, marriage, pregnancy or motherhood. A woman may receive an exemption on religious grounds under the following conditions:
She has declared that for reasons of conscience, or a religious way of life, she is prevented from doing military service and has proven this to the satisfaction of the exemption committee. She keeps the laws of Kashrut at home and outside. She does not travel on Shabbat.
Women who arrive in Israel at age 17 and over are generally exempt from army service, but may serve on a voluntary basis. Also, women (who are not fighters) are not generally called up for reserve duty if they are married or if they are beyond age 24.

Clause 16A of the military service law requires that female combat soldiers serve 3 years of mandatory service, and continue in reserves service up to age 38, even if they become mothers. These are essentially identical to the terms of service for male combat soldiers. Each year, 1,500 female combat soldiers are drafted into the IDF. Women currently make up 3% of the IDF's combat soldiers.
A combat option for women is the Caracal Battalion, which is a highly operational force that is made up of 70 percent female soldiers. The unit undergoes training like any combat infantry. The IDF commando K9 unit, Oketz, also drafts females as elite combat soldiers." (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 25JAN2013)

"Last September a deadly shootout along Israel’s border with Egypt shined a spotlight on the country’s only mixed female and male combat unit. The Caracal battalion’s response to the terrorist attack — which left three gunmen dead, including one whom Israeli officials said was killed by a female soldier — marked a major test for the unit." (By AP and TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF January 24, 2013, 1:16 am)

http://www.nytimes.com/ January 25, 2013 Looking to Israel for Clues on Women in Combat By JODI RUDOREN

"One of her fellow soldiers lay dead, and her Humvee was being fired upon. She saw one of the attackers — three armed men who had penetrated Israel’s border with Egypt — reach toward his waist. Fearing he was about to detonate a suicide belt, she fired two shots at his head.

“Once you come face to face, at that very moment, you don’t think twice,” the soldier, who can be identified under military rules only as S., told the Israeli news site Ynet when she received a citation for her performance in the skirmish. “There is no room for hesitation, and there is no room for mistakes.... "

"The main combat unit for women is Caracal, named for a desert cat that looks similar whether male or female. Since its founding in 2000, the unit, which has been up to two-thirds female, has guarded the borders with Jordan and Egypt, and was the one involved in the Mount Harif episode. While most female soldiers serve two years, women in Caracal are required to serve three, like the unit’s men.

"Arielle Werner, 21, who grew up in Minnesota and immigrated to Israel in order to join the combat unit, said female recruits underwent the same training regimen as the men, except for occasionally shorter runs or treks with full regalia. “Once in a while we can guilt the guys into doing the heavy lifting” of huge water bottles or stretchers, she said, “but girls do the same as guys; it’s pretty equal.”

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