Originally Posted by palmetto defender
I am afraid the Army and Marines have not learned lessons from the Vietnam War. From a couple returnees I have spoken to and from observation of things seen on TV, the men are more overloaded than every with equipment. It IS more of a grunt effort. Without a widescale conflict, the use of artillery and tanks is more limited than ever and air is also less than in the IRaq and previous wars. It IS boots on the ground - grunts in the mud. If "Super Sally" can perform - fine.
I served some with Rangers in combat. I doubt there is one woman who could perform as a Ranger, let alone Special Forces, Delta or Seal.
I agree. People who have no idea how a light infantry unit functions love this move because they have no idea. We're going to ask a 150lb female to carry more than her weight in equipment plus IOTV plus weapons? Ok.
And how about training? Combat Arms units are in the field 5 months out of the year. Women have hygiene issues that prevent them from being in the field for an extended amount of times plus Commanders and 1st Sergeants are going to have sexual harrasment and soldier misconduct through the roof. Women can have certain jobs in combat arms units like driving vehicles I suppose but to be regular combat soldier? And the next thing is they're going to want Ranger and SF training. Oh boy.