We think that every American can serve the nation in the Armed Forces and serve well. The “women in combat” tempest has a very simple solution. ”Combat” or any other service category shouldn’t be limited by gender, race, who you sleep with etc. Your job classification in the military (MOS, Rate, AFSC) should be tied STRICTLY and ONLY to performance criteria.
Combat specialties should have different, much more stringent performance criteria for qualification to do that job. Lowering standards is NEVER the answer. All service categories should have basic combat training in their basic training courses. As they move from basic to their specialty, each would have its own entrance performace criteria.
Personnel Clerks, Cooks, Maintenance types don’t need to have as tough standards to acheive the quality that is standard to our modern services. The military thrives on “tables”. Make an occupational specialty table to denote minimum performance standards (Physical, Academic, Aptitude) for each. Very simple then and it doesn’t matter what you look like or what parts you have.
So why this extended debate? What morons would actually propose, let alone implement, lowering standards for service in combat?
The Marine Corps did an interesting experiment. God bless the women for trying but they had to drop out due to the physical demands. It doesn’t make them lesser people or lessen the value of their service. If a woman can meet a realistic combat arms physical standard, then more power to them.