COB6 sends a link to a short article by the Associate Press which reports that four female soldiers have filed a law suit in a San Francisco federal court challenging the Pentagon’s policy that excludes women from combat assignments;
The lawsuit alleges the ban on a single gender violates constitutional equal protection rights and unfairly blocks women from promotions and other advancements open to men in combat.
Two of the four women who filed the lawsuit have received Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained in Afghanistan. The women are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.
No! The ACLU is involved? That’s impossible. COB6 says they should join the Marine Corps and volunteer for the Infantry Leaders’ Course. or at least pay attention to the fact that the Marines are having trouble finding volunteers among the younger generation, despite what the media would have us believe.
No, actually, these four women are hoping to get the opportunity to be combat arms leaders without having to do the hard part, because everyone knows that a court order is just as good as going through infantry training, right? Just ask Shannon Faulkner, the fat chick who thought her lawsuit against The Citadel would insulate her from the hard work, but she washed out after four hours.
If I’m not mistaken, Panetta is expected to make recommendations to Congress next week, so what’s their hurry? Well, unless this is just another lawyer employment opportunity for some ambulance chasers in San Francisco. The women have probably already commissioned an artist to carve their images in stone somewhere.
ADDED: Stars & Stripes has a more complete story now, including the women’s names;
Major Mary Jennings Hegar, a combat helicopter pilot in the California Air National Guard; Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt, a civil affairs soldier in the Army reserves; Capt. Alexandra Zoe Bedell, a logistics officer in the Marine Corps reserves; and 1st Lt. Colleen Farrell, an active-duty Marine air support control officer, are the plaintiffs in the suit, along with the Service Women’s Action Network.
Two of them are already Marines, so why don’t they just volunteer for the Marines’ program? The article we read yesterday said that that the Marines are having a hard time finding volunteers. They just don’t want to do the hard stuff, they just want it given to them without earning it like men have to do.