Let women fight, but ...
December 04, 2012 01:13 AM | 913 views | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

If certain women wish to be assigned front-line combat duty, by all means do so. At the same time, however, there should be an absolute requirement that those women meet the exact same physical requirements the men do. Same number of push-ups, same number of chin-ups, same pack weight and march distance, etc. No “gender-compensatory” lightening or easing of the rules. Those standards are required of our combat troops for a reason, and if the girls want to join in, they should be expected to meet them as well.

Scott Chadwick

Marietta
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Kenneth D. Parrott
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December 08, 2012
Great letter Mr. Chadwick,

Women deserve equal opportunity and equal treatment, period. Anything less is insulting and also endangers the lives of both our women and men in combat.
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December 04, 2012
Good letter from Mr. Chadwick!

Combat Troops carry a large amount of equipment, perhaps 60-80 lbs., or more: Rifle, side arms, extra ammunition magazines, a standard digital-camo Battle-Dress-Uniform under a kevlar vest w/ various pouches, a water canteen, basic food rations, knee pads, either black, brown or tan boots, a kevlar helmet (w/ appropriate camo) shooting goggles (mainly for keeping out debris, not looks) and on some occassions, they may wear gloves.

Scott, don't forget the running requirement, with pack loads.
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