The Pentagon has decided women can now serve in combat roles previously reserved for men.
Many have a problem with this, citing issues of modesty and physical strength as well as opposite sex distraction.
On the other hand, combat roles are key to promotion, and if a woman can do the job, why should she be prevented from doing so? If a woman can pass the standard fitness requirements, then she has every right to serve beside men.
Some folks fear men won’t be able to control their sexual urges with women in their midst. Well, the military is about discipline and this is a great place to apply it.
Others feel male soldiers will be more likely to compromise missions to protect a weaker female. Again, this is an issue of discipline.
The arguments against women in combat roles have less to do with ability than they do with social norms and male chauvinism. Sure, there will growing pains as the transition takes place, as with any major change. Let’s get on with it.
Someday we will look back on this issue with the same incredulity we now view the past ballyhoo over letting women vote.
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