Why Women Should NEVER Fight in the Front Lines
One staff sergeant worried that the Marine Corps’ high standards would have to be lowered if women were assigned to combat. Other Marines in the group agreed, warning that women would not be accepted by their male counterparts living in spartan wartime conditions, or that family lives would suffer, especially for those female Marines hoping to have children...
All 15 were forthright, even bold, in expressing their views on a contentious issue with the secretary of defense.
And all 15 of the Marines were women.
“I think it’s safe to say there is going to be more sexual assault and harassment when females do go into these organizations that are predominantly men,” a first sergeant said. “It just seems it’s not a great time for all of these things to happen. I do not like the thought whatsoever of having females – whether first sergeants or privates – in an infantry unit.”
Mr. Hagel asked why that decision should not be left to each individual Marine. “Do you think we should foreclose an opportunity for a young female Marine who wants to try to join if she can fulfill the criteria?” he asked. After all, he said, the American military is all-volunteer.
“I haven’t met a female Marine or a female in general who is standing up and shouting, ‘I want to be infantry,’” one captain said.
“Equality is good but not if you lower standards,” another Marine said. “Let’s face it, males and females have different physical ability.”