Women in combat

Posted Friday, Mar. 29, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Recent columns on allowing women in forward combat billets, like infantry, focused on opening "opportunities for advancement" for women. None of them focused on improving military combat effectiveness.

Most Americans today have had no military experience, let alone front-line combat experience during extended combat operations involving a competent, well-equipped enemy. It is, therefore, easy for them to consider the concept of women in the infantry.

While some women have served admirably in momentary combat operations of our most recent wars, this does not serve as proof that they can carry out the duties of combat in another Iwo Jima or Chosin Reservoir or Ia Drang Valley.

If women are held to the same standards as men, they will wash out more often and the feminist lawyers will sue.

If standards overall are lowered so more women can pass and claim to have passed the same standards as men, the competence of the military will decrease.

I don't think having more opportunities for women to become generals is going to be worth the price of dead soldiers, failed missions and a lesser ability for the U.S. military to defeat the enemy.

-- Daniel OConnor,


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