The Associated Press reports that a in a survey of 53,000 Marines, 17% of them threatened to leave the ranks if women were allowed into combat-related jobs. That number increased to 22% if women were forced into those specialties;
About 4 percent of female Marines surveyed said they would consider leaving if the ban was lifted. Even more would drop out if women were put into those positions involuntarily with about 17 percent of female respondents expressing they would cut their careers short under those circumstances.
About 31 percent of female respondents say they would be interested in moving into a combat position.
The commandant of the Marine Corps said the infantry side of the most male of all military branches is skeptical about how women will perform in their units, and some positions may end up closed again if too few females meet the physically demanding standards of combat.
Apparently, Leon Panetta knew about the results of this survey before he made his announcement last month that he’ll force this square peg into a round hole, but he’s going ahead with it anyway. I wonder if those social scientists who are pulling for this are willing to fill the slots of one-in-five Marines who say they’ll leave while their replacements get trained.
I’ve seen the media use this line as some sort of justification for putting women in those jobs;
More than 150 women have been killed in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving in support roles.
So, see? Women can be killed and that makes them fully qualified for combat. Its as if the media just discovered that women are mortals and that combat troop’s only significant job in combat is to die.
Category: Military issues