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Women in combat no reason for joy

February 2, 2013

To the editor: Women in combat and joy in the women’s world....

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Feb-06-13 3:10 PM

The physical standards for non-combat females is much lower than their male counterparts. The author is stating the facts whether you like it or not. Females could not meet the male standards so they lowered them to allow women into non-combat roles.

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Feb-05-13 3:15 AM

No one lowered the threshold for women. The threshold had to be lowered for you.

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Feb-04-13 6:34 PM

Like Eileyn and Kirsten, I don't know where to start. So, perhaps we can just end this all by saying "Anyone, man or woman, in combat no reason for joy."

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Feb-04-13 3:52 PM

This is a political move which will result in very few women in combat. Women will be required to meet the male physical standards. They will not have the easy boot camp route which males do not. They would need to be Olympic level athletes to meet minimum standards and freaks of nature to meet SEAL or Ranger standards. The majority of women in the military would be battlefield liabilities. Ask a combat Veteran and you will get the same answer.

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Feb-03-13 7:41 AM

Disgusted1: I served in the military. The pay scale is the same, no matter what your gender is or job is. Pay is by rank, not job you are assigned to do.

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Feb-02-13 7:27 PM

Actually, Mr. McNulty, I think you miss the point. They have not, however, been afforded the same opportunities to advance as men, nor have they been rewarded on the same pay scale. The change that's being proposed will fix that. This is simply the Lilly Ledbetter law being applied in the military.

Obviously, you're unaware that disparity in pay and advancement was still a problem in the military in 2012. It's about time this was remedied. If women want to serve, if they can do the job, if they're the best in the bunch, they should be afforded the same opportunity to advance and make the same money as men. End of story.

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Feb-02-13 5:21 PM

Some have said could a 130 pound woman carry a 230 pound man out of harms way?I ask could a 130 pound man do the same thing?

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Feb-02-13 10:14 AM

Your well intended comment fails to point out that women and minorities have also defended our constitution, fought, served, and died for our country. Your remarks,(and I quote you on this) "We have heard that before, police and fire departments across the county started with good intentions but after few could pass, did they lower the standards to include minorities and women often after lowering the standard, they had to lower it again." are offensive and disrespectful to memory of the thousands of Police, Fire and other public servants (Including the military) who have died protecting our way of life. Then world has changed and it will continue to do so regardless of people who believe that society should only be protected by a certain kind or race. We are all Americans and we all need, and should be proud of serving our country.

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Feb-02-13 10:05 AM

...."did they lower the standards to include minorities and women often after lowering the standard, they had to lower it again." I guess it just goes to show bigotry and gender bias are alive and well. Bless your heart Mr. McNulty. Bless your heart.

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Feb-02-13 9:27 AM

"Personally I prefer being the best and was proud to train and work at being the best. How sad of what we are today and what can we expect in the future?"

Am I interpreting that incorrectly? The best what?

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Feb-02-13 8:39 AM

I just don't even know where to start....

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