The general should rethink his priorities. He can learn from the British armed forces, which have studied this issue and reported on many problems with women in combat. A review released by the British Ministry of Defence notes that combat units are expected to travel over difficult terrain carrying heavy equipment to fight the enemy. Simple biology suggests that women, who are smaller and less muscular than men, aren’t suited to that task. The British report concluded that women will be less effective in battle and more vulnerable to injury.
The evidence clearly shows that placing women on the front lines will put them at risk but not enhance our military operations. Instead of listening to the feminists, the Pentagon should address the safety of our armed forces.
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