WASHINGTON -- A high-level military advisory panel is set to recommend that the armed services overturn its policy barring women from serving in combat roles, a step that would remove a key structural barrier for women trying to advance their military careers.
Women currently make up 14.6 percent of the active-duty military. Since 2001, 137 female service members have been killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 1994, women have been barred from serving in units at the level of battalion and below that engage in direct ground combat.
A draft report by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, a group established by Congress in 2009, concludes that the current policy is outdated and discriminatory. Commissioners include 24 senior retired and active-duty members of the military, in addition to leaders in the business community and academia.
"The Commission recommends that DoD and Services remove a structural barrier for women," reads the report, which commissioners met to review Thursday and Friday. "The current DoD and Service policies barring women from direct ground combat career fields and assignments have been in place since the early 1990s. As previously described, these policies constitute a structural barrier that keeps women from entering the tactical career fields associated with promotion to flag/general officer grades and serving in career enhancing assignments. The Commission
I'm for it. The way I see it, the way we fight wars these days is totally different. Women are being killed in war in not combat roles. Every role has turned into a combat role with all the bombs and high tech equipment these days. If a woman wants to go infantry, more power to her. [Astraea]
I'll second that.
Women in many other countries have combat roles but US women are too "fragile" for combat? You know, one of my favorite movies, even if it is fiction, is GI Jane. If a woman is capable to do the training, the she should be allowed to do it and do what she was trained to do.
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Answer by momof030404 at 11:41 PM on Jan. 14, 2011
Whatever your MOS is in the military, you are always a soldier first so I don't see why women who want to serve in combat roles can't.
Answer by JeremysMom at 11:44 PM on Jan. 14, 2011
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