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MILITARY: Same risk, same rules for women

Letter by Greg Kidwell, Puyallup on Jan. 28, 2013 at 10:30 am | No Comments »
January 28, 2013 3:19 pm

Women soldiers can now die in equal proportions beside their fighting brothers – or so the headlines indicate.

Be watchful of how this policy is implemented. Is it really equality? If women have different conditions and prerogatives than do males, then it is not equality, but another military PC stunt.

Some of our best and brightest men enlist to be infantryman. It is not well advertised, however, that the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery score determines the level of choice in jobs. Higher scorers can avoid combat roles, while lower scorers have a greater chance of combat roles.

Equality means that lower-scoring women are assigned combat jobs just as are males, and during a draft Uncle Sam can take your daughter, wife or mother and place her in the infantry against her will. That is equality.

Because we now have absolute equality between soldier genders, we can create totally female infantry units. That female unit can be positioned opposite the enemy’s most capable combat force with confidence. That is equality.

To have equality, woman cannot bail on their combat comrades through pregnancy without severe penalty. This is not about reproductive rights, but is about basic fairness. Avoiding combat duty cannot be volitional. Men do not have this option. That is equality.

I challenge you ladies to sign up and demand the same exact treatment as males. I am rooting for you!

(Kidwell is a retired Army colonel.)

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