Sunday, December 1, 2013

Military Monday: Women in Combat?


Welcome to another Military Monday Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Ready? Lets jump in. 

Today we are talking about two of my favorite subjects: the military and fitness. Two weeks ago four women graduated from the Marine Corps School of Infantry in Camp Geiger. Why is this significant? Because this is the first time in U.S. history this has happened. These three women were among the 15 women in the first group to volunteer for the 59 day Marine pilot course designed to integrate women into combat jobs across all branches. 

Feminists are grumbling because these women were expected to complete the tasks at the same standard as the men. It is being written that these women competing at the "men's standard". They allude to the fact that this is a way of trying to keep women out of combat units. This to me is ridiculous for a variety of reasons. We will tackle the main two. 

The first of these reasons is that feminists are all about men and women being equal. They claim that there is no difference between men and women, that we can all do the same things. If that is the case then it shouldn't be called a "men's standard", it is just the standard.

The expectation for these women?

Keep up and do your job. There have been several news articles recently making a big deal out of the 12 1/2 mile ruck march in combat gear. The ruck had to be completed in 5 hours while carrying around 90 pounds of gear. Is it hard? Absolutely. But that brings me to the second reason that there shouldn't be a men's standard and a women's standard. These women are not trying to just get a job in the military, they are trying to be a part of combat units. They will be directly responsible for the lives of the other people in their units. If they can keep up, and this is what God has called them to do, great. They need to go for it. However, if this is just an attempt to "break the glass ceiling" then they need to step down.They aren't working desk jobs, because this isn't just wearing a uniform. If these women are unable to perform the assigned tasks they would endanger their own lives, the lives of the other soldiers, and the mission in general.

Is being able to say we have women in combat worth that?

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