Women 's Defense Of Defense Policy Preventing Women From Serving At Direct Ground Combat Units Opened Pandora 's Box

1377 Words Sep 12th, 2015 6 Pages
ecretary Panetta 's decision to repeal the Department of Defense policy preventing women from serving in direct ground combat units opened Pandora 's box. We have since witnessed a fierce debate over whether women should be allowed to serve in specialties previously opened to males only. The media promptly rushed to side with those contending that all direct ground combat jobs should be open to women, suggesting that women proven had themselves on a "nonlinear" battlefield, where there were no distinguishable front and rear lines. Furthermore, many have rallied behind those women who have been able to demonstrate superior physical abilities, such as the two women soldiers that recently completed Ranger School. I would submit in line with the 1992 Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces that neither accomplishment demonstrates that these women or women in general are the "best-qualified and most capable" to serve in direct ground combat arms specialties. This issue is not about what women should be allowed to do, it 's really about what are they capable of doing. The bias is not institutional, the bias is physiological.

Accordingly, what these accomplishments suggest is that women should not be excluded from combat and that some women can achieve extraordinary physical feats in isolation. On the other hand, women serving in combat did not serve in offensive engagements where their mission was to locate, close with, and destroy the…

More about Women 's Defense Of Defense Policy Preventing Women From Serving At Direct Ground Combat Units Opened Pandora 's Box

Open Document