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From CBS News:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon that would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, including those in elite special operations forces.
Details of the plans were obtained by The Associated Press. They call for requiring women and men to meet the same physical and mental standards to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reviewed the plans and has ordered the services to move ahead. ...This is such a joke. It's surreal to even read this story as a serious news report. Although laughable/embarrassing news stories are becoming all the more common these days. What is happening to our military? (A rhetorical question, folks.) Women as Navy SEALs and Special Forces...? "Equality" does not square with basic biological facts and physical limitations. Talk to anyone actually serving as a SEAL or in the Special Forces (as I have) and I guarantee you'll get a very different opinion about this scheme. Make no mistake about it, this nonsense is being pushed by ladder climbing, rank-obsessed generals and the like in Washington who are more concerned about their promotions and fancy titles than about what's in the best interest of the soldiers on the frontline.
The irony is, while this is intended to elevate and empower women, it is only through the military radically lowering physical training expectations that will this have a chance of working. (And then what's the point of calling a watered-down version of a SEAL 'elite'?) Otherwise, this experiment will only result in the embarrassment of women who simply cannot complete the rigorous tests that are already in place.
Alas, it's not even worth going into details to refute it. Read some of the comments after the article. They're spot on. Something about using women as a fighting force by simply letting them talk the enemy to death... Just joking, everyone.