Two-thirds of Americans support combat roles for women

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  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    March 14, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    I am not a draft dodger --- I registered with the selective service when I turned 18 -- I'm now 51 and never was called upon to serve. I think our country; our constitution, is worth defending. But I would never ask my daughters to go in to combat - though I am past age for the "draft", I would gladly go in their place.

    Society has lost much of its moral standing when it's majority would place mothers or potential mothers in the line of fire. There was once an era where gentlemen shielded their wives and daughters from splattering mud, vile language and certainly fighting.

    Do we really think that society has advanced? My personal opinion is that we are degrading ourselves on a daily basis and throwing women into the heat of battle is just further evidence of my belief.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 31, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    Further evidence of polls being manipulated.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    I would picture that most of those that took the survey were not in the military or have been in the military. I would even picture that most didn't even have spouses that were or are in the military.

    It is good that the military has utilized all who enlist or are commissioned into the military ranks. War has been a job that most women would not want to go into. When they get these jobs, potentially in real combat or all out bloody war, that is a breaking point for most people, men and women. It changes people's minds and bodies, physically, mentally, spiritually, morally and in everyway possible. If you don't have physical injuries, there are the other events that impact on a human mind and body, such as seeing your squad member go down or writhing in pain and agony. You have to make decisions quickly and use the training you receive on a moments notice. You have been trained by the best military in the world but the inner self has to make a lot of adjustments.

    Money is important but dedication and motivation is also a large part. Physical ability is vital.

  • Ian Heber City, UT
    Jan. 31, 2013 5:33 a.m.

    This should not be about jobs or "opportunity"! As a man who served in combat jobs in the US military for 9 years, I can tell you that this is lunacy. Why lower the standard in the most critical assignments to the mission of the military? There are so many jobs that women can fulfil as good or better than men - why compromise our fighting effectivesness on the ground in the name of jobs (this is the only possible explanation).
    Don't forget that the military, especially the combat part of it is what keeps us safe. Combat soldiers depend on each other to stay alive. By instituting this, many more American men and women will die in the field of battle.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 11:44 p.m.

    Denying women any recognition for serving in combat simply serves no purpose.