Panetta to allow women in combat? meh

File it under “You Knew It Was Coming”

Now that the two wars are winding down and Obama’s channelling Neville Chamberlain with his “Peace in our Time” is coming closer to reality (the war on terror being over and all), SecDef Leon Panetta is going to lift the ban on women in combat:

Women in all branches of the military soon will have unprecedented opportunities to serve on the front lines of the nation’s wars.

Leon Panetta, in one of his last acts as President Obama’s defense secretary, is preparing to announce the policy change, which would open hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

I was once against women being in combat roles, until I served alongside a few heroes in Iraq in the Seabees. A very good Seabee female friend of mine was killed in action in 2005. The M-60 gunner in our lead Humvee on convoys was a young woman who crapped in an ammo box the same as we did, and was ready to respond with a rain of leaden death to anyone who would threaten “her” Seabees. Although she did give her weapon a stupid cutie girly name, she did her job. Doesn’t mean she’d make it in the Seals or an elite Airborne unit, but few men do either.

I really don’t think we’ll see a real life “GI Jane” unless somebody lowers physical standards, and most women I served with didn’t particularly want to be on the front lines.

Well we’ll see if Hollywood is going to get its wish or not.


I didn’t think women could be firefighters, either, and I know a female Captain now. She did the same physical performance exam the men did, and got a fairly high score.

I wasn’t in a front line combat unit, the Marines kicked the crap out of the bad guys and then waved us forward to “safe” areas (where Scuds launched over our heads).

One guy who was in a front line unit has similar views:

I’ve never subscribed to the theory that women in combat will distract from the job being done, but rather I’ve opposed this because the sociologists will force square pegs into the round holes, with a hammer, if needed. But, I’m sure between allowing the gays to serve openly and allowing women into combat jobs, the recruiters must be amazed at the target-rich environments in which they’re operating. Yeah, that’s sarcasm.

Exactly, it’s the leftists trying to shape the hated military into something more to their liking that’ll muck stuff up. Kind of like putting women in nuke submarines where men have to hot rack due to the lack of space as it is. Square peg, meet round hole.

Whatever the dark lords of the left throw at our military, I’m sure they’ll adapt and overcome. Besides, as Obama seems to be saying, it’s nothing but peaceful fields and unicorn meadow muffins from his Immaculation Day forward. What could possibly go wrong??

UPDATE One good first step if Panetta thinks men and women are exactly physically alike would be to make the fitness standards for men and women exactly the same. Ready, GO!


About Erick Brockway

Living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a son, and two daughters. Working two jobs (welcome to California life), plus a (now retired) reservist in the US Navy Seabees so life is busy!
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3 Responses to Panetta to allow women in combat? meh

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  2. nessa63 says:

    Its the physical standards that bothers me, I’ve jumped rucks that weighed better than 150 lbs, then carried them for miles and hours. I’ve long felt that if anyone can physically do the job they should be allowed to, male, female, gay, straight. I don’t give a shit, just do your damn job. Of course doing the job is the last thing a leftist gives a crap about.

    • I’m hip, dude. I really don’t know any females from my old unit, though, who even remotely seemed to want to go full metal jacket with you bent leg types, wouldn’t volunteer for that kind of thing, but if made to they’d mostly all give it a hell of a try.

      PFA standards for anyone going to a combat unit have to be the same, though. And no dumbing down the male standards, either.

      Hey, don’t infantry units start together in boot camp and stay together all the way through deployment? I don’t know how all that works with you Army dudes. I was under the impression from some Marines we drank with at Pendleton that they did it that way. Basic, to Basic Infantry School, to whatever…

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