Ask Dave and Luke: Are men and women created equal?July 9, 2012 @ 11:49 am (Updated: 1:13 pm - 7/9/12 )
It's the differences between men and women that has a woman, a Marine Corp Captain, writing a (what Dave Ross calls) "first of it's kind" op-ed in which she says "Get over it!"
Currently women can't serve in the infantry unit in the Marines. While there has been some outcry that women should be able to serve in that unit too, Captain Katie Petronio said that outcry hasn't come from within the military.
In fact, she said the demands of her job affected her physical health, in a way that men didn't seem as affected by.
Dave and Luke didn't seem to mind the idea of the military opening up infantry to women, but thought that men and women should go through the same tests to deem them appropriate for the physical tasks of the job.
Dave in Puyallup writes ... About women in combat units- Having a good friend who was a former Military Police (MP) who served in Iraq (they were kicking in doors and performing missions very similar to infantry) she was against the integration of females into combat arms units. Not because she felt they couldn't lift as much, would crumble under the fog of war, or couldn't complete the mission. In her experience it's because the males around her would sacrifice more than normal and would physically keep her down in a fire fight in order to protect the female. In combat you are already going to have guys taking crazy chances in a fight to not just defeat the enemy but keep their buddies from being killed. You introduce a male's drive to protect a female into those situations and even more chances will be taken.
"Well, I guess chivalry isn't dead," said Luke.
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