ARRA News Service
ARRA News Service facebook page  
News for social, fiscal & national security conservatives who believe in God, family & the USA. Upholding the rights granted by God & guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, traditional family values, "republican" principles / ideals, transparent & limited government, free markets, liberty & individual freedom. All content approval rests with the ARRA News Service Editor. Opinions are those of the authors. While varied positions are reported, beliefs & principles remain fixed. No revenue is generated for this site - no paid ads accepted - no payments for articles. Fair Use doctrine is posted & used.
Editor/Founder: Bill Smith, Ph.D. [aka: OzarkGuru] - editor@arranewsservice.com (Pub. Since July, 2006)
Home Page

Sunday, February 03, 2013

The Problems Of Women In Combat – From A Female Combat Vet

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor: I first noted the following article on The Western Center for Journalism which shares articles by numerous bloggers. I wanted to learn more about the author who had written such a forthright article on the topic of "women in combat." I located her original article on Political Animal and the links below are to her original two pat article. As a retired military officer and former staff sergeant, I and many other officers have similar views on this issue but from that of woman who has been in ground combat. Also, before reading the article, note that flying aircraft and operating ships is not the same as being in ground combat units. Jude Eden served in the Marine Corps from 2004-2008 and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005-2006. I was also hooked on her academic credentials when I saw that she graduated from Hillsdale College, a college that I both respect and encourage young conservatives to consider.

Image via author: Fallujah, Iraq (Dec 8, 2004)
By Jude Eden, Political Animal: Part 1: It’s not all about qualification. I’m speaking as a female Marine Iraq war vet who did serve in the combat zone doing entry checkpoint duty in Fallujah, and we worked with the grunts daily for that time. All the branches still have different standards for females and males. Why? Because most women wouldn’t even qualify to be in the military if they didn’t have separate standards. Men and women are different, but those pushing women into combat don’t want to admit that truth. They huff and puff about how women can do whatever men can do, but it just ain’t so. We’re built differently, and it doesn’t matter that one particular woman could best one particular man. The best woman is still no match for the best man, and most of the men she’d be fireman-carrying off the battlefield will be at least 100 lbs heavier than her with their gear on.

Women are often great shooters but can’t run in 50-80 lbs of gear as long, hard, or fast as men. Military training is hard enough on men’s bodies; it’s harder on women’s. And until women stop menstruating, there will always be an uphill battle for staying level and strong at all times. No one wants to talk about the fact that in the days before a woman’s cycle, she loses half her strength, to say nothing of the emotional ups and downs that affect judgment. And how would you like fighting through PMS symptoms while clearing a town or going through a firefight? Then there are the logistics of making all the accommodations for women in the field, from stopping the convoy to pee or because her cycle started to stripping down to get hosed off after having to go into combat with full MOP gear when there’s a biological threat.

This is to say nothing of unit cohesion, which is imperative and paramount, especially in the combat fields. When preparing for battle, the last thing on your mind should be sex; but you put men and women in close quarters together, and human nature is what it is (this is also why the repeal of DADT is so damaging). It doesn’t matter what the rules are. The Navy proved that when they started allowing women on ship. What happened? They were having sex and getting pregnant, ruining unit cohesion (not to mention derailing the operations because they’d have to change course to get them off ship.)

When I deployed, we’d hardly been in the country a few weeks before one of our females had to be sent home because she’d gotten pregnant (nice waste of training, not to mention taxpayer money that paid for it). That’s your military readiness? Our enemies are laughing – “Thanks for giving us another vulnerability, USA!”

Then there are relationships. Whether it’s a consensual relationship, unwanted advances, or sexual assault, they all destroy unit cohesion. No one is talking about the physical and emotional stuff that goes along with men and women together. A good relationship can foment jealousy and the perception of favoritism. A relationship goes sour, and suddenly one loses faith in the very person who may need to drag one off the field of battle. A sexual assault happens, and a woman not only loses faith in her fellows, but may fear them. A vindictive man paints a woman as easy, and she loses the respect of her peers. A vindictive woman wants to destroy a man’s career with a false accusation (yes, folks, this happens too); and it’s poison to the unit. All this happens before the fighting even begins.

Yet another little-discussed issue is that some female military members are leaving their kids behind to advance their careers by deploying. I know of one divorced Marine who left her two sons, one of them autistic, with their grandparents while she deployed. She was wounded on base (not on the front lines) and is a purple heart recipient. What if she’d been killed, leaving behind her special needs child? Glory was more important than motherhood. Another case in my own unit was a married female who became angry when they wouldn’t let both her and her husband deploy at the same time. Career advancement was the greater concern.

I understand the will to fight. I joined the Marines in the hopes of deploying because I believe that fighting jihadists is right. And I care about the women and children in Islamic countries where they are denied their rights, subjugated, mutilated, and murdered with impunity; and where children are molested and raped with impunity (not to mention defending our own freedom against these hate-filled terrorists who want to destroy freedom-loving countries like America.) Joining the Marines was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life, and I’m glad I got to deploy. It not only allowed me to witness the war, but to witness the problems with women in combat.

Women have many wonderful strengths, and there is certainly a lot of work for women to do in the military. But all the problems that come with men and women working together are compounded in the war zone, destroying the cohesion necessary to fight bloody, hellish war. We are at war; and if we want to win, we have to separate the wheat from the chaff. And the top priority should be military readiness and WINNING wars, not political correctness and artificially imposed “equality” on the military.

Part 2: In continuing the discussion of opening combat roles to women, we have the argument that women are already there, deploying and fighting in hot zones. This is true, and it gives us a record of the problems we are already experiencing as a result.

Wasted: Valuable Time, Training, and Resources
I talk about several of the female-only issues for which extra accommodations have to be made in [Part 1]. We are not equal except in our rights under Constitutional Law. Nature has no regard for equality, and each one of us is born differently from each other. We are diverse and dissimilar in our talents, physical aspects, intellect, and emotions; and the sexes are inherently different. We know, for example, that women are much more prone to certain types of infections. For a woman on patrol, setting up an ambush (or, as the infantry do, living in abandoned buildings with no running water), hygiene is a constant problem. A urinary tract infection can quickly become a kidney infection (debilitating in itself) and then kidney failure if left unchecked. Suddenly, a woman needs to be evacuated for a problem that has nothing to do with combat and to which men are not susceptible.

Then there’s pregnancy. Margaret Wente writes: “One study of a brigade operating in Iraq found that female soldiers were evacuated at three times the rate of male soldiers – and that 74 percent of them were evacuated for pregnancy-related issues.”

It costs approximately a million dollars per individual to get trained through bootcamp and to be made ready for deployment. Those are taxpayer dollars spent on someone who has to turn around and leave the combat zone to have a baby (for which our tax dollars also pay), having nothing to do with combat.

Changing Our Best Instincts: Protecting Women, Mothering Children
We know that rape is a tool of torture for the already savage enemy we’re fighting. In one TV interview, a woman suggested that if women are willing to take that risk, we should let them. She also absurdly claimed that men are raped as much as women when captured, which is patently false. But the idea that men shouldn’t worry any more about women in battle goes against the very best primal male instinct. In every country from Canada to Israel where women are in combat (and in American units where women are in theater), the men will tell you they are more protective of the women. It’s different from men’s protection of each other, and it distracts from mission completion. The pro-WICs would have men thwart this wonderful and thoroughly ingrained instinct. A world in which men don’t feel a strong need to protect women when they’re in the most dangerous and hostile of environments would be a nightmare. We would rightly call those men brutes.

We’re also thwarting mothers’ nurturing instincts. Women are already training to kill and leaving their children to deploy, even when they are the sole caregiver (turning care over namely to grandparents). This sets a bad precedent and hurts children. There will always be war, and it’s bad enough for fathers to leave their children to fight necessarily; but to allow mothers to choose this path over motherhood is bad for everyone. There are many noble capacities in which women with children can fight for this country, such as administrative jobs stateside. We don’t need to deploy mothers to battle; we shouldn’t.

The Career-Hungry
A small handful of high-ranking females have instigated this policy change in order to advance their own careers. In this interview, Anu Bhagwati, a former Captain, complains about women not being able to be promoted to certain ranks, claims that women aren’t getting proper recognition for action in combat (a claim also made here), and claims that it’s harder for them to get combat-injury-related benefits from the VA. Regarding the latter, I know females who are receiving combat-injury-related benefits; so if there are some who are not receiving them but should, the bureaucratic, inefficient, fraud-riddled VA should be confronted. Administrative changes could certainly be considered to take care of veterans as we should – regardless of sex – for injuries sustained in battle thus far. As for recognition of action, this is also a bureaucratic aspect that can be addressed through the chain of command without changing the policies on women in combat units. And finally, as to rank, cry me a river. The military is about preparing for and executing war, not advancing your career at the cost of readiness for war.

The careerists are also on the hook for the double standard that we currently have for the sexes, which inherently lowers the standards overall. Even if one standard is imposed, it’s likely it will be an overall lower standard. As the Center for Military Readiness points out, “The same advocates who demand ‘equal opportunities’ in combat are the first to demand unequal, gender-normed standards to make it ‘fair.’” Enormous pressure from Washington is already on the military brass to fill quotas of race and sex; and the higher they get, the more politically motivated the brass’ decisions. Whereas imposing one higher standard would in fact result in fewer women serving in these roles, the political pressure to prove diversity will result in more unqualified women (and men) attaining positions for which men are more qualified. But go against the diversity status quo dictated by Washington, and you can kiss your rank and career goodbye. The purges have already begun.

The word “discriminate” has several meanings, including “to distinguish particular features, to be discerning; showing insight and understanding.” We should absolutely be discriminating in our criteria for war preparation, and the lives of our men in uniform depend on us taking an honest, discerning look at who adds to military readiness and who detracts from it. We should absolutely not open the combat units to the myriad problems we face already with women deploying to the theatre of war.
--------------
Jude Eden is a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan and the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Massachusetts. She served in the Marine Corps from 2004-2008 and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005-20066. She is a cancer survivor and cellist now living in North Carolina with her Brazilian husband.

Tags: Women In Combat, female, combat vet, viewpoint, Jude Eden To share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Posted by Bill Smith at 7:03 PM - Post Link

2 Comments:

Anonymous Vicki McCoy said...

Wonderful, straight-forward, honest article.

2/04/2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill ,great website! thanks for letting me know about it ! Dan at the recycle center Mt. Home

2/04/2013  

Post a Comment

<< Home



Don't miss anything!
Subscribe to the
ARRA News Service
It's FREE & No Ads!

You Receive One Email Each Morning
With Prior Days Articles / Toons / More


Also, Join us at:
Facebook.com/ARRANewsService


Personal Tweets by the editor:
Dr. Bill - OzarkGuru
#Conservative #Constitution #NRALife #GunRights #USAF #military #veteran #Christian #CCOT #ProLife #TEAParty #GOP #illegals #TCOT #SGP #TGDN

Taxpayer Protection Pledge




Republican Links (*links back)
AR Republican Assembly *
AR Republican Leg. Caucus
AR Republican Party *
AR GOP Hispanic Assembly
AR Young Republicans
Baxter Co. GOP Assembly *
Baxter County Republicans *
Benton Co. GOP Assembly *
College GOP Nat'l Comm
Garland County Republicans *
Nat'l Black Republican Assoc.
Nat'l Fed. Republican Assemblies
Natl Repub. Cong. Comm.
Natl Repub. Senate Comm.
Republican Jewish Coalition
Republican Liberty Caucus
Repub. Natl Comm (RNC)
Repub. Nat'l Hispanic Assembly
AR Repub Hispanic Assembly
Senate Repub. Caucus
US House Republicans
IRAQ Vets for Congress
Arkansas GOP

Action Links!
Arkansas State Senators
AR State Representatives
Arkansas Governor Office
Arkansas Attorney General
Bankrupting America
US House of Representatives
US Senators
Family Research Council
GrassFire
NumbersUSA
Ballotpedia
Judgepedia
Sunshine Review


Facebook Accts - Dr. Bill Smith
Fan Pages:
ARRA News Service
Arkansans Against Big Government
Alley-White Am. Legion #52
End Taxpayer Funding of NPR
Nelda Speaks for State Rep. ...
Prolife Soldiers
Project Wildfire
Republican Liberty Caucus of Arkansas
Save AR Term Limits
Sarah Palin for President 2016
Support Sarah Palin
The Gold Standard
Twin Lakes Republican Women
US Atty Gen Eric Holder Must Go
Veterans for Sarah Palin
Misc: Networked Blogs On FB:
ARRA News Service
Blogs For Borders
Conservative Voices
FairTax Nation
Greater Fitchburg For Life
Bill Smith / Ozark Guru
FB Groups:
Arkansas For Sarah Palin
Arkansas Conservative Caucus
Arkansas County Tea Party
Arkansans' Discussion Group on National Issues
Baxter County Republicans, AR
Blogs for Borders
Conservative Solutions
Conservative Voices
Defend Marriage -- Arkansas
FairTax
FairTax Nation
Arkansas for FairTax
Friends of the TEA Party in Arkansas/
Let's Mine AR Lignite NOW!
Personhood Initiative
Pro-Life Rocks - Arkansas
Pro-Life Rocks - United States
Pro Life America 4 Sarah
Republican Network
Republican Liberty Caucus of AR
Reject the U.N.

Patriots
Exchange
Links

Links to ARRA News
A Patriotic Nurse
AFP Arkansas Blog
Agora Associates
America, You Asked For It!
American Daily Review
Americans for a Free Republic
America's Best Choice
America's Whatchtower
An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings
ARRA Twitter
As A Matter of Fact
As The Crackerhead Crumbles
Baaad Media!
Blogs4Life
Blogs For Borders
Blow the Trumpet Ministry
Bob Parks Black & Right
Boot Berryism
Chicago Ray Report
Christian Responsibility Ring
Chuck Baldwin - links
Citizen Pamphleteer
Comically Incorrect
Common Cents
Conservative Blogs Central
Conservative Central
Conservative Hideout
Conservative Observer AZ
Conservative Voices
Conway Real Deal
Defeat Obama in 2012
Diana's Corner
eGOP News
Faulkner Co. TEA Party (AR)
Florida Political Press
Florida Pundit
Franklin Online Outreach
George Bush (2001-2008)
For God and Liberty
George Bush (2001-2008)
Greater Fitchburg For Life
Guns and Religion
Keep Arkansas Legal
Lasting Liberty Blog
Liberal Isn't Amy
Liberty's Lifeline
Maggie's Notebook
Marathon Pundit
Michigan Redneck II
Monkey in the Middle
My View By Silvio Canto, Jr.
NASA Satellites
National TEA Party
New South Conservative
No Runny Eggs
Obama Cartoons
Okie Campaigns
On The Right Side
Our Voices Arkansas
Pledger's Blog
Patriot's Corner
Political Vindication
ProLifeBlogs
Pundit & Pundette
Randy's Roundtable
Real Debate Wisconsin
Religion and Morality
Right in a Left World
Right on Issues that Matter
Rockin' On the Right Side
Saber Point
Saline Watchdog
Secure Arkansas
Sentry Journal
Teenage Republicans
Teresamerica
The Arkansas Conservative News
The Arkansas Patriot
The Audacity of Logic
The Blue Eye View
The Bobo Files
The Born Again Americans
The Constitution Club
The Constitutionalist's Corner
The Foxhole | Unapologetic Patriot
The Influence Peddler
The Liberty Republican
The Looking Spoon
The Maritime Sentry
The O Word
The Path to Tyranny Blog
The Pink Flamingo
The Real Polichick
The Tygrrrr Express
TOTUS
Truths of the Republic
Twin Lakes GOP Women
Twitter ARRA
Twitter Arkansas GOPNetwork
Twitter Boot Berryism
Twitter Sovereignty Alliance
Voice For Liberty in Wichita
Warning Signs
Women's Prayer & Action
WyBlog


Other Editor Picks
American Enterprise Institute
American Family Business Institute
Americans for Limited Government
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Tax Reform
American Security Council Fdn
AR Faith & Ethics Council
Arkansas Policy Foundation
Ayn Rand Institute
Bill of Rights Institute
Franklin Center
Campaign for Working Families
Center for Individual Freedom
Center for Just Society
Center for Freedom & Prosperity
Citizens Against Gov't Waste
Citizens in Charge Foundstion
Coalition for the Future American Worker
Concerned Veterans for America
Competitive Enterprise Institute
Curtis Coleman Institute for Constitutional Policy
Concerned Women for Am.
Declaration of Am. Renewal
Eagle Forum
FairTax
Family Research Council
Family Security Matters
Global Incident Map
Great Americans
Gold Standard 2012 Project
Gun Owners of America (GOA)
Institute For Justice
Institute for Truth in Accounting
Media Reseach Center
National Center for Policy Analysis
National Right To Work Foundation
News Busters
Newt.org
O'Bluejacket's Patriotic Flicks
Open Secrets
Presidential Prayer Team
Renew America
Ron Paul Institute
Sam Adams Alliance
State Policy Network
Tax Foundation
Tax Policy Center
The Club for Growth
The Federalist Today
The Gold Standard Now
The Heritage Foundation
The Leadership Institute
Union Facts



Blogs 4 Palin

Ark's Way Ministries
ARRA News Service
Barracuda Brigade
Frugal Café Blog Zone
House of Eratosthenes
Jefferson's Rebels
MJ Sheppard's 'A Point of View'
Motivation Truth
Motor City Times
My Two Cents Worth
National Tea Party
Naughty Troublemaking Beyotch
Palin 4 America
Palin 4 President 2016
Patrick's World USA
NJ for Sarah Palin
Roderic Deane
US for Palin
Vets4Sarah.net

Blogs For Borders

Reject the United Nations

Stop Blog Censorship! Badge (.png)
Sponsored by: 1389 Blog



Adopt Our Troops in Prayer


Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11
Click Here to see Immigration Report Cards

FairTax Nation on FaceBook
Friends of Israel
Blog Feeds
Syndicated - Get the ARRA News Service feed Syndicated!
ARRA Blog Feed

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Add to netvibes

Subscribe in Bloglines

Add to Bitty Brouser

Add to The Free Dictionary

Add to Excite MIX

Add to Webwag

Powered by FeedBurner

Powered by Blogger

Politics Blogs
Politics blog


  • How To Exchange Links!
  • Comments by contributors or sources do not necessarily reflect the position of ARRA, its Officers, memberships or the Editors.
  • Fair Use: This site/blog may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available to advance understanding of political, human rights, economic, democracy, and social justice issues, etc. This constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material as provided for in section Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 of the US Copyright Law. Per said section, the material on this site/blog is distributed without profit to readers to view for the expressed purpose of viewing the included information for research, educational, or satirical purposes. Any person/entity seeking to use copyrighted material shared on this site/blog for purposes that go beyond "fair use," must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
  • © 2006 - 2013 ARRA News Service
Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.



Teenage Republicans
Teenage Republicans
Join Now | Ring Hub
<<Prev | Next>>

President George W. Bush (2001-2008)
George W. Bush
President 2001-2008

    Join Now | Ring Hub
< Prev | Next >    

Christian Responsibility Ring
Christian Responsibility
Join Now | Ring Hub
<< Prev | Next >>

Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Ring Hub | Join
<< Prev Next >>