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Monday, April 20, 2015

Last Frontier for Women

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"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
–Helen Keller

There’s nothing good about war. But I admire those who serve in America’s volunteer military. Those who willingly enter the armed services may very well hold the above quotation as their mantra. Probably the majority of those who join the military these days are our valuable youth. The ones who think they are invincible, who do indeed crave daring adventures.

Since 2012 women have been allowed to serve in combat. By next January the military branches must open all combat jobs to women or explain why not. The combat jobs not now open to women are our special operations forces. Those jobs are the last frontier for women in U.S. armed forces.

Special ops jobs are considered to be among the
most demanding. Qualification tests and training push troops to the breaking point of their psychological and physical endurance. These jobs are high-level stress positions that push individuals even farther.

These are the same objections heard since women in combat was first presented. The answer to whether women should be in special ops may be the same as it is for other combat jobs: if women wish, let them apply and prove they can meet the standards. Some think that for the safety of all soldiers, these standards cannot be lowered.

In debating whether women should be admitted into special ops, the military probably won’t look beyond qualifications. Maybe they should also examine the circumstances of potential rape, kidnapped women soldiers being put into sex slave traffic, possible pregnancies, and, let’s admit it, that women in combat probably will break easier than men. After all, God made women the weaker sex--not to be stepped on--but as one who is usually more sensitive and emotional than our brave men in military.

Some women have already qualified for special ops aviation jobs—there are three female Night Stalker pilots. I would not want to make this decision about permitting women into military special operations jobs. But as long as we have a volunteer armed forces, there probably will be women standing in line to try to qualify for special ops the day the decision is made to allow them in.

What are your thoughts on this?

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