I have mixed feelings on this. The ban against women serving in combat roles is about the change:
CBS News — The U.S. Military is making one of the biggest policy changes in its history. CBS News learned Tuesday the Defense Department is lifting its ban on women serving in combat. The official announcement will come Wednesday from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.Panetta’s order will make women eligible to serve as infantrymen on combat patrol and even in elite special operations units like the Navy SEALS. However, women will have to meet strength standards that could keep them out of units where the physical demands are especially grueling.
Combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost more than 130 women their lives and left more than 800 wounded.
Mixed feelings? Yeah I do have mixed feelings. On the one hand – of course women can serve in the same military roles as men. They can push buttons, they can pull triggers. As far as special forces: the ability to undergo the rigorous training and condition necessary to swim 10 miles with a giant pack on and still be razor-sharp alert enough to blow shit up and kill people at the end of the journey doesn’t reside on the X or Y chromosome. That kind of innate athletic talent is spread all through the heterozygous human genome and those alleles either exist or do not, regardless if the genome’s owner has a pee-pee or a nu-nu. Besides, as the article points out, female soldiers are dying anyway. Modern war offers no safe harbor. War has never been safe. That’s kinda the point, the tragedy, of war.
My mixed feeling? I don’t like living in a world where our dads, granddads, brothers and sons want to, or have to, or are sometimes forced to bash the enemy’s head in for God n Country. I recognize the importance of equal rights, but in this case, including or mothers, grandmas, sister or daughters in the head bashing club doesn’t sweeten that deal one bit. It almost feels like just giving up a little bit more and accepting that humans will always kill each other on an industrial scale.
But if a person wants to be a combat soldier, and a nation needs combat soldiers, it seems pretty stupid to automatically and irrationally eliminate over half the population before selection begins.