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  •  Fine by me, as long as they are held to (0+ / 0-)

    the same physical standards as men.  A lot of combat- related stuff requires good upper body strength, such as dragging a wounded comrade into cover.  

    •  um...no (0+ / 0-)

      women are subject to attack now.  In fact the whole "dragging a comrade" happens almost as much with "non-combat" positions as the "combat" ones.  

      Physical standards are not the issue.  

      It really comes down to life support time tings.  A Combat Outpost (COP) is tiny - 100-200m long on each side.  Space is at a premium and things like Ammunition and communications have more priority that separate facilities for males and females.  

      But the real elephant in the room is small group dynamics.  Introducing women into a small group like that will create havoc.  At the battalion or Brigade level the population is large enough that you can mitigate issues.  

      My team in Afghanistan was 10 people.  5 Military, 2 contractors and 3 interpreters.  All male.  We lived on a large camp with lots of females but we "worked" from our trucks.  10 guys filling 10 spaces in two HMMWVs.  We ate 90% of our meals together and spent 90% of our time together.  No way having a woman would have worked.  Not.  A. Chance.

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:00:55 PM PST

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