What’s y’alls opinion on women in combat roles? I’m not meaning avaiation roles, such as fixed and rotary winged combat personnel, but in ‘line’ roles such as the Army’s 11(X) MOS, US Marine Corps 0300, or my own former AFSC (Air Force technical rating) 1T0(X)6.
I, personally, do not wish to see females in these type roles ( 11(X) and 0300 are infantry specalties, whereas my own is Pararescue.) Its not that I feel that women are less capable, or unable to match the physical rigors of combat. Indeed, when I was in the training pipeline, after indoc, a large number (around 30%) of my instructors were female. And it’s not a matter of ‘those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach’ either. I would gladly have taken SMSgt Tressa Weeks, one of my SERE instructors or SSgt Janet Mullins, one of my military freefall (HALO) instructors, alongside me than many of my fellow trainees.
The reason I feel against it is that if captured, female personnel could be used (or abused) in ways that men couldn’t. For some reason, call me old fashioned, I don’t believe that many men would suffer or receive sexual abuse at the hands of a captor, or that public outcry would be as loud as if a female was killed by a captor. I also believe that it would be safe to say that the Geneva protocols (those specifically pertaining to the protection of prisoners from public curiosity and public endangerment) would be bent if not outright broken by most of the USA’s enemies in a time of war. Hell, look at how the male servicemen captured by the Iraqi’s were paraded around. And in the end, they were treated rather civally. I have thoughts about SSgt. William “Bill” Clevland, of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), who was killed in Mogadishu on 3 October 1996. Specifically, about how the worthless animals who seem to occupy that ‘city’ had no problems dragging, mutalating, and otherwise defaming the body of one of our servicemen. In the hands of such worthless sub-humans (I’m not demeaning all Somalis, nor just Somalis, so much as I am disgusted by the barbaric way that they treated a dead man, and anyone who does so earns nothing but my contempt. Hell, even the Iraqi’s didn’t do things like that), how would a dead female infantryman, PJ, Ranger, Delta Operator, Combat Weatherman, etc etc be handled? Or worse, if one of our female soldiers were captured by animals like that?
Anyway, I await the flames and arguement that are sure to follow.