M.O.M.: My Opinionated Mouth
Leah Cauthron

Not enough diversity?

Posted Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at 12:01 PM
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  • The real issue isn't about whether women should be in combat...they already are.

    What matters is whether the woman can carry 100+ pounds of food, ammo, water, and comm equipment plus her weapon (5-30 pounds) up and down mountains for 12-15 hours per day. Most infantry Soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan cover 5-15 per day with anywhere from 2000-10,000 feet of climbing.

    I'm sure that there are a few women capable of doing this, but the very small number isn't worth the logistics needs that gender integrated units have. BTW, the physical demands of the Infantry are such that most men can't hack it either.

    -- Posted by Paul.Dalen on Tue, Mar 8, 2011, at 7:58 PM
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