Everyone think the 'team' dynamic of an infantry platoon can survive this? I will tell you folks who are complete outsiders or whom have not served in direct combat (or during peace time) in an Infantry or SOF unit, that it cannot. This goes FAR beyond physical requirements.
Introducing even 3 women to a Platoon of 45 Infantry Soldiers will lead to nothing but trouble. Half will try to bang them, the other half will try to protect them. This entire misadventure is going to do nothing but bring distraction to much more important business for leaders at all levels. Now we're going to concern ourselves with "how are the females going to sh*t out on a threee day patrol? How are the females going to conduct personal hygeine?" Instead of worrying about...I dunno...stuff like fire support, ammo resupply, communication with higher.
Women can be helicopter and jet pilots, MPs, interrogators, engineers etc etc. Pilots aren't grunts. Military Police aren't grunts...Grunts (Infantry) "close with and destroy the enemy by means of fire and maneuver." This is their doctrinal mission. They actively seek out contact every single day- and that ain't riding in MRAPs in Eastern Afghanistan ladies and gents. It is back-breaking, lung burning work humping up 45 degree slopes with sometimes 70-80-90 lbs of kit. And then...getting shot at. And maneuvering... And shooting... And then back hauling a 200 lbs wounded dude with his extra 70-90lbs of equipment back down the mountain to a casualty collection point. And then...going back up into the fight.
Hell, even a fraction of men CAN and WILL volunteer to do that mission, and the dudes that can't hack it are soon gone. The argument that "Venus Williams" or some other superior female athlete could do it is illogicial. There isn't any training table with the best nutrition on a combat outpost. She won't be getting optimal rest. She won't be exercising or working out to maintain her high level of fitness. Over time, she'll just be an average female that Joe will be tempted to slide one in- when he should be worried about staying alive.
Last edited by Cheater5; 01-30-2013 at 05:50 PM..