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Panetta to lift ban on women in combat

Home - by - January 24, 2013 - 02:17 America/New_York - 18 Comments

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Women in all branches of the military soon will have unprecedented opportunities to serve on the front lines of the nation’s wars.

Leon Panetta, in one of his last acts as President Obama’s defense secretary, is preparing to announce the policy change, which would open hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

“This policy change will initiate a process whereby the services will develop plans to implement this decision, which was made by the secretary of defense upon the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” a senior defense official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

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  1. Sarthurk

    January 24th, 2013

    Go for it! We’re all gonna die anyway.

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  2. JimBob

    January 24th, 2013

    They closed the Mental Hospitals so these democrats could be in the Obama administration.

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  3. theJadedBarrel

    January 24th, 2013

    Only one question. In combat against current combatants, will a mandatory scarf be required of female personal or should this be equal treatment and all genders wear appropriate face gear?

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  4. Roadmaster

    January 24th, 2013

    As a 21 year retired vet, I can unequivocally state this will be a disaster.

    The WY Guard allowed women to serve as cannoneers in the late 70′s to early 80′s. Not only could they NOT perform the tasks required (8″ SP howitzers were labor intensive) one gun section in B battery devolved into fist fights every night over the privilege of being the “tent mate” of the female crew member. Granted, this girl was truly a little slut, but in other gun crews with a female present, cohesiveness and Espirit ‘d Corps were adversely affected.

    This policy was so detrimental that the Adjutant General eventually ordered ALL females be be reassigned to HQ. We lost clerks, cooks and mechanics from my battery which we could ill afford, but at least we could “whip it out” in the field and take a leak without straining to see were the females were.

    And that’s why our soldiers will die needlessly – because they will divide their attention from the task at hand in order to “look out” for the girls. That’s just the nature of boys, especially ones motivated to serve their country. There are plenty of opportunities for females in the military, but placing them in foxholes is beyond stupid – it’s a death wish.

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  5. Roadmaster

    January 24th, 2013

    What kind of a woman would want to be a rifleman? It takes nerves, stamina, determination and dedication. To subdivide the focus of an infantryman by giving him a female battle buddy is counter-productive. I don’t give a shit what Liberals say, girls and boys are different.

    About 50% of the females involved in Desert Storm were sent home pregnant. This is also the ticket out of the Navy, where girl sailors are routinely pulled from duty or even transferred off their ship because somehow, they’ve gotten themselves pregnant in spite of being “against regulations.”

    Stupid, stupid, stupid….. Panetta needs a slap up along side the head. Doubtful it would knock any sense into him, but his teeth need to be rattled anyway.

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  6. Team America

    January 24th, 2013

    Great! Put our men in more harms way. How many men are going to be trying to protect a woman rather than keeping an eye on the target. I agree, Roadmaster, this will be a disaster.

    Shithead Panetta. And, he’s NEVER served a day of service in uniform. F*ck You.

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  7. Hank

    January 24th, 2013

    So my oldest daughter is 12. Will Selective service registration the next step for the ladies? Over my dead body. Who are these imbeciles?

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  8. Zapotek

    January 24th, 2013

    @Roadmaster. You speak the truth. I would only add that we will see an all-volunteer, all female military before the Obuffoons quit trying. They would be content with a 500,000 girl DOD anyway.

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  9. the aardvark

    January 24th, 2013

    I have 2 daughters ages 27 & 24. My oldest daughter has a Masters Degree and my 24 yr. old is going to college, they are both doing well. I agree with Hank, over my dead body would I ever allow either one to be drafted. My oldest daughter is too well educated and her boyfriend/future husband agrees with me and my youngest daughter has some birth defects (doesn’t slow her down one bit, she’s the most compassionate person that I know because of some adversity in her life) which would make her ineligible for service. I always said that I would go underground and actively discourage young women from joining the military if they were foolish enough to allow them to go into combat or even worse draft them. What little death and destruction I saw at the end of the Viet Nam War when I was in the Navy and being subject to the last draft in 1972 before Nixon ended the the draft, I have always been of the opinion that women can serve but they have no business being deliberately placed into harms way. Call me old school if you will, I don’t even like the idea of women on ships. I will not sacrifice my daughters on the altar of political correctness. To Hell with Leon Panetta and this whole damned administration. They’re playing with fire and when the first women come home in body bags, what are they going to tell the parents of any dead young woman killed in combat, that its OK. You don’t know how furious I am pissed off about this. We’re killing our future while at the same time we are also doing it with abortion and now pushing Granny etc. and anyone else who is in the way down the hospice chute. May God have mercy on us, we need all the mercy we can get to overcome this EVIL and LAWLESS administration.

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  10. the aardvark

    January 24th, 2013

    And another thing when are they going to create Rush’s fabled All American Amazon Brigade? Women with PMS to do all the fighting.

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  11. Sapper Chris

    January 24th, 2013

    This won’t go far. Can’t wait to see what the reports coming back from the women who find out what 4 months without bathing and living out of a truck contain. Guessing these front line positions are going to go unfilled a lot. I am all for women on the front, as long as the armed forces get rid of the double standards for fitness, job activity, and no more pregnacy discharges and no more days off for ‘female problems’(gotta love that period, amiright?). Wanna be a Sapper/Ranger/SEAL/PJ? Fine, don’t get knocked up or you’ll end up in Leavenworth for dereliction of duty. If I have to carry a 40lb satchel charge plus the bipod for the crew serve in addition to my regular load, so will she. I’ve met exactly 2 females that could have done my job and I’d welcome them anyday, but they could hack it whereas the rest of them definitely could not.

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  12. Callmelennie

    January 24th, 2013

    Having read an account of the Battle of Fallujah, I know the true “Achilles Heel” of women in combat — the urinary tract infection.

    Long term combat in close quarters is not only bloody but also filthy — your drawers tend to get a little messy. You sometimes shit yourself a little. In Fallujah, the presence of so many dead and decaying jihadist bodies made all the Americans troops a little sick with the runs.

    Men can live with shitty drawers for a week, but wouldn’t these conditions put every woman on the planet in a hospital with a urinary tract infection? I recall one of my daughter’s friends being hospitalized for a week with a UTF, so I know this is nothing to sniff at.

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  13. Dr. Tar

    January 24th, 2013

    I heard a report somewhere (BBCAmerica maybe) that front line service will be voluntary and not many women were that interested when given the choice. There are those who want a career as an officer that feel that not having a combat assignment hinders their promotion prospects- so they would most likely be the ones who would volunteer.

    Besides, under Obama, what front line service will what’s left of our military have anymore? We’ll be leading from behind around the world.

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  14. Billy Fuster

    January 24th, 2013

    We’ll all be in the People’s Army soon.

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  15. Sum Random Guy

    January 24th, 2013

    Having only served in the Navy for 6 years I don’t have as much credit here, however… I was stationed onboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Reactor Mechanical Division. As goes with carriers, we had a large number of females and every time a woman got busted for having sex on the ship she would go to Captain’s Mast and then give up her little black book and then other divisions would be down about 12 to 20 people. That sucks when you are out to sea and the rest of us have to pick up the slack.
    Now for my perspective. As a mechanic you are expected to operate very large valves that are placed in the overhead (above 6’). I can tell you that not a single one of the females on that ship could start up a Main Feed Pump (lots of large valves and a lot of upper body strength required) by themselves!!!
    To make it worse, the Physical Readiness Testing requirements are vastly different. I have to do 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, and run the mile and a half in under 14 mins. Girls only have to do 12 push-ups, 15 sit-ups and they get 18 mins to run. Yet somehow we are expected to do the same job, how the hell does that compute?

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  16. cato

    January 24th, 2013

    panetta has been and forever will be known as a partisan hack. This “do nothing” lifting of the ban on women in combat is to distract concentration from his utter incompetence while dismantling our military as defense secretary.

    Our military is blessed to have some of the best and brightest women serving this nation.

    Repeatedly it has been found that the physical demands of a combat role eliminate many men and most (if not all) women from special operations and infantry combat positions. The criteria for selection of individuals to combat occupation specialties must not change for the purpose of political correctness.

    Again, panettea has excelled at announcing a “do nothing” policy and shifted the focus away from his (and obama’s)legacy of partisan bickering, mis-steps, failures and dismantling of our military.

    Funny how this hack’s announcement was timed with hillary’s Benghazi debacle testimony.

    Diffuse, distract, deceit, deception….the obama play book.

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  17. Maudie N Mandeville

    January 24th, 2013

    Send ‘em all to the front.

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  18. factslady

    January 24th, 2013

    Maybe it’s not a bad idea for the “soldiers” in the “War on Women.”

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