The Associated Press‘ Pauline Jelinek reports that she’s talked to dozens of women in the military and they don’t seem all that interested in joining the ranks of infantrymen;
For the record, plenty of men don’t want to be in the infantry either, though technically could be assigned there involuntarily, if needed. That’s rarely known to happen.
A West Point graduate working in the Pentagon estimates she’s known thousands of women over her 20-year army career and said there’s no groundswell of interest in combat jobs among female colleagues she knows.
She asked to remain anonymous because in the military’s warrior culture, it’s a sensitive issue to be seen as not wanting to fight, she said. But her observations echoed research of the 1990s, another time of big change in the military, when interviews with more than 900 Army women found that most didn’t want fighting jobs and many felt the issue was being pushed by “feminists” not representing the majority, said RAND Corporation sociologist Laura Miller.
Funny how the “activists” are more interested in women in the infantry than the women who would have to serve are interested in the whole thing. I had male troops who shouldn’t have been in the infantry, and after they found out what the job would really entail, did their best to leave.
I still fully expect the “activists” to force this issue down the Pentagon’s throat and issue them quotas for integration, because it’s all about social issues, not an effective fighting force.
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