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  •  I have never been in the Service (5+ / 0-)

    My father has. I am a man. My father has been in real combat. He said if I ever joined (and was serious) or was drafted, he'd shoot me in the leg.

    I understand the equality aspect. And I have no shame in following his wishes and letting someone willing- but what I do not understand is why push to be in a spot that you will likely be collateral damage one way or another even if not shot?

    I suppose it's a no-win game. Equality v. Having to be in a place we should not be sending anyone (at least recently). Best of luck to those brave women, but take my dad's advice if getting sent to Iran's front line. He's on disability (not for physical injury) still, 40 years later.

    I don't know it is paternalistic. I just think we cannot already forgive ourselves for what we do, now we are only adding more. I honestly don't know how to feel.

    •  There are a lot of non-combat jobs (7+ / 0-)

      that are technically classified as "combat." Currently women are assigned as "attached to" a regiment or battalion, rather than assigned directly to a combat unit. For example, intelligence with language skills, communications, etc.

      the Republican brand is totally bankrupt.

      by vlyons on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:06:59 AM PST

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    •  I'm with you (1+ / 0-)
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      I can't get too excited about this development.  It seems to be a "Virginia Slims" moment.  You know "You've come a long way baby" now you too can have a gender specific cancer delivery system.  

      Up until now we have had a semi sane philosphy that affected 1/2 of our population.  We said we are not going to send you to foreign countries and have your main function to be killing people who pose no threat to our freedom.  No more.  Now every American can travel to distant lands and kill dark hued people.  Real progress for the ladies.

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