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One of the country’s leading politico’s who is raising questions about the recent lifting of the ban on women serving in combat, such as in infantry and artillery units is former Congressman and current Director of Next Generation programming for PJTV, Allen West.
Unlike some other national politicos, like Senator Marco Rubio who have come out in favor of lifting the ban, but have never served in the military, West served twenty-two years in the U.S. Army and knows all to well the impact that females serving in these combat units could bring to the cohesiveness and readiness of the unit.
West is not concerned that female would be fighting along side with males, because they are already doing that. West is more concerned with the ability of these female soldiers to physically perform to standard in these infantry and special operations units, that call for soldiers to meet more strenuous physical conditioning standards.
West also adds that he doesn’t know if the American people are “culturally” ready to see women in these units, this after the highly publicized capture of a female soldier who was sexually assaulted by her captures during the Iraq war.
I remember the young soldier who was captured back in the early days of the Iraq war and how there was such an outcry in this country about how we needed to quickly rescue her, and find her, I think then we come to find out that she was sexually assaulted. So I don’t know culturally if the American people are ready to have women in infantry units or in some of our Special Operations units.
The biggest concern that I have is that the standards must be maintained, we cannot adjust the standards. We want to maintain a high level of readiness and that’s the most important concern as we’ll continue to fight against a very determined enemy.-Allen West
We asked West if female soldiers wanting to serve in these combat units should have to match up to their male counterparts. West stated that “it should be the same standard.”