Many writers, politicians and even some military officers in the Pentagon say we old soldiers should stop objecting to women being in actual combat. They don’t seem to understand that we have nothing against the abilities of women in a free society to be in military service. We just do not believe they belong in actual combat. I know they are patriotic, but why in the world would young women beg to be put in a position where all the things mentioned above could happen to them? All military branches are plagued with male-female relationship problems in non-combatant roles. What will happen under the stress of combat is any one’s guess. We have had about 100 women killed and about 800 wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Elaine Donnelly wrote in National Review that “civil affairs, even in a combat zone, does not fit the definition of direct ground combat: deliberate offensive action, attacking the enemy under fire.”
Furthermore “matters of privacy and matters related to sex, including harassment/fraternization and pregnancy, directly affect morale, discipline, deplorability and readiness.”
She also says “women on average do not have the physical capability to lift a fully loaded male soldier who has been wounded under fire, even average size men don’t have that capability.” No one should have to die because women do not.
From what I read in the paper the majority of the general population favor putting women in combat.
President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Defense said, “I will work with the service chiefs as we officially open combat positions to women, a decision I strongly support.”
Mothers and fathers, as you can see it is now a given that your military daughters will be trained for real combat operations. More young women killed and wounded is what you can expect from our present leaders while they sit back, safe and sound in luxury, in Washington, D.C.
I was a volunteer in World War II so I honor all volunteer soldiers, both male and female, who volunteer to serve and protect our great country. I’m just one of the old soldiers who do not agree that women belong in real combat.
Mothers and fathers, what do you think about this?
William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and frequent contributor to Viewpoints.