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Vets respond to lift of ground combat ban for women

January 30, 2013

HUBBARD Veteran Betty Inskeep of Hubbard said the decision to lift the ban on women serving in ground combat has been a long time coming....

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Jan-31-13 12:46 PM

The number of countries that have opened front line combat positions is also larger than you might think (or than media reports sometimes suggest). A 2010 survey by the British Ministry of Defense listed Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, and Sweden as countries that allow women in "close combat roles," defined as "engaging an enemy on the ground with individual or crew served weapons, while being exposed to hostile fire and to a high probability of direct physical contact with the hostile forces personnel." Australia joined that list in September 2011 when it opened its front-line units — including one of the largest contingents in Afghanistan — to women. A handful of other countries could probably also be added. South Korea has begun opening up more front line positions to women, including in artillery and armored divisions.

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Jan-30-13 10:28 PM

Nosympathy: It is not uncommon for male POW to be raped as a form of torture in today’s warfare. After they rape you, they cut off your privets, put them in your month and cut off your head.

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Jan-30-13 8:19 PM

ArticWoof and WarrenProud, I agree with your posts. The first time a female is captured and tortured sexually, you will see an outcry from the same Women's groups pushing for this. So there will be calls that females should be afforded special protection at the expense of her fellow soldiers. Mark my words. It will happen. And you are absolutely correct Warren, females should be required to sign up for the draft, just like my 2 sons did. My sons had to prove they signed up before Ohio State would allow them to register. You wanted equality ladies, so here is the stark reality that comes with it.

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Jan-30-13 7:42 PM

Oh really ........ then why is the internet capitalized (Internet) in the middle of your sentence? If you want to point out errors in someones grammar then you should write properly too ...... just my opinion!

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Jan-30-13 7:02 PM

That comment was directed at wave89.

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Jan-30-13 7:01 PM

I don't understand why plural and singular is such a challenge with people on the Internet these days. Maybe grammar is something I take for granted. It's WOMAN if used in singular. I am a WOMAN!! We are WOMEN, plural. WOMAN.....singular......WOMEN plural.

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Jan-30-13 6:52 PM

A picture of three young adults in the paper.This picture shows them with a flag,and shows that they are going to look forward to serving their country.What do these young people get for this,from many in this forum?...Ridicule.I hope that many of you never have a child,or grandchild pictured in the Trib.You would not like the ridicule that you have heaped on these young people,dumped on your children.My GOD...Grow up.

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Jan-30-13 6:20 PM

I do not see anything wrong with the ladies fighting on the line. As long as they meet the standard set for men. BUT, we all know as soon as one gets captured as a POW, and get raped repeatedly and vicously, you will see an uproar from womens groups all over.

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Jan-30-13 1:03 PM

Your daughter and wife already have experienced the horrors of living with you. They will be fine.

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Jan-30-13 10:12 AM

"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bast*rd die for his." George Patton

The people quoted in this article are insane. Newsflash: Men and women are different. The U. S. constitution is not a suicide pact. Mixed gender combat forces don't stand a chance against an all male unit! Look around the world. Where, in history, has any female armed force been used?

There are reasons the equal rights amendment never passed. A society that sends its young women to the front lines is not very civilized. It would be shameful to let precious young women die while idle, able bodied men sit on their butz, drinking beer and watching football!

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Jan-30-13 9:53 AM

I think any position in the military should be available to women, so long as they pass the same fitness tests as men, with no gender norming.

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Jan-30-13 9:13 AM

The girl with the dyed hair is a student -- you can see the ROTC patch on her uniform. She is not active duty.

I'm sure the hair style would not be acceptable in an active unit.

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Jan-30-13 8:44 AM

I am a women that served in the military and her hair is way out of line. When seen this picture this morning it really upset me. I can't believe her CO didn't make her pin it up...where is her leadership that should be teaching her this..If she plans on going active or reserve she better understand that the way her hair is now is totally unacceptable. If she is going to keep it long she better start pinning it up when in uniform. She's young and will learn as we all did...

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Jan-30-13 8:27 AM

God help us in the time of need when mother nature comes calling .....

Clown hair could just fit this bill to the "T"

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Jan-30-13 7:57 AM

I never served, but if I did, I wouldn't want some Trib commenter telling me what color my hair should and shouldn't be.

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Jan-30-13 7:52 AM

My deepest apologies, I wrote that while half asleep. I'm sorry WP, I take back every word. I wish I could delete the post.

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Jan-30-13 7:49 AM

"Clown hair?" Would you be happier if instead of dyed red it was full of extensions and braided or made into cornrows? Maybe sticking out at all angles like Coolio's (or Farnina's from The Little Rascals)? Maybe dyed or bleached like Nikki Minaj's? I don't think you'd use the term "clown hair" if this girl's skin was a different color.

WarrenProud is physically incapable of making a comment without slobbering all over Obama or saying something racist.

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Jan-30-13 7:11 AM

I am a mom with a son and daughter in the military. First off the girl with the clown hair, needs to put it back to normal. My kids units would not allow it. Secondly, woman do not need to be on the front lines. The guys have enough to worry about than baby sit a woman.

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Jan-30-13 5:22 AM

Women are absolutely qualified to serve in combat. Thank you President Obama for making this happen. Now to be fair to men, women should be required to signup for the Selective Service draft at 18 years old like men are required to do.

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