I am sure everyone here is well aware of the bruhaha that the last SecNav caused by embracing the women in the infantry concept. You are all also probably aware that the Marine Corps resisted strongly. Their data, which they collected over about 18 months, was obviously dismissed as sexist. Yet it showed rather well that women do NOT mix into infantry units well, that such units’ performance is degraded, and that women in infantry units suffer WAY more injuries and more serious issues than men.
This is not surprising. Women, at least to the thinking population, are different than men; the crazies don’t seem to recognize this. Women are simply built physically differently. They have less skeletal muscle, less upper body strength, less weight bearing ability. They are smaller and less physically aggressive.
These issues have been objected to as not true. Yet there is ample evidence that women in front line infantry units do not fare well. Even the Israelis, who would kill for a larger number of soldiers when the time is necessary, have concluded the same after a 13 year search for placement of women in the infantry.
We have, of course, started graduating females from the service academies. One might question the wisdom of such a move, but it’s there. And some of the WP ring knockers have made noise about being up to combat and as good as the men. None of them, however, as far as I know, have served in a front LINE unit. All have been in motorized units. Yes they have been in firefights, and at risk in a combat environment, but then the RN’s of WWII were in the same risk exposure (and some were even made POW’s in Europe) yet no one then questioned not placing women in the line.
I would like to open a discussion on whether women should or shouldn’t be allowed into the infantry. And should there be exceptions to any such rule.