Most Welcome Women in Combat Policy Change

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As civilians women are equal to men but in the military, it’s taken much longer for them to be allowed to join their male counterparts in battle.

Just a couple of months ago, the US. Navy began allowing women officers to serve on submarines, but just because rules change, that doesn’t mean opinions do.

“There is always going to be an aversion to change, so the best way to deal with that is go and do my job like any other officer would,” said Lt. Marquette Leveque with the US. Navy.

At Fitness Ranger in Sacramento, a hard core fitness boot camp class, they believe there is nothing women can’t do.

“I have seen quite a few women in here lift more weight than some of the guys,” said Amy Linker.

“There is nothing that a guy can do that a woman can’t do. I think this is proof positive – most of the women here I wouldn’t wan’t to mess with,” said Evan Demarco.

Trainer Adam Attia pushes both men and women to the physical breaking point, in the name of exercise, and knows women can physically and mentally handle the same high intensity stress as men.

“I think women can absolutely handle it. It’s about mental toughness and inner drive and I don’t think gender plays any role in that,” said Attia.

3 comments

  • john doe

    Way to compare combat to a ‘fitness boot camp”….how about we get some real combat vets in here and continue the discussion on a somewhat academic level. How many firefights has Amy Linker, Evan Demarco or Adam Attia been in to offer an opinion in the matter. How many combat arms units have they served in? How many Marines soldiers, airmen or sailors have they lead in combat? Get a clue folks. Stick to your crossfit and “bootcamp”……at least you can impress soccer moms and B types with that stuff.

  • Nleon15

    You're right, realities of combat and the daily grind in a theater of operations are a far stretch from a health club. You are, however, missing the point of this article. “I think women can absolutely handle it. It’s about mental toughness and inner drive and I don’t think gender plays any role in that.”

    You wanted the opinion of a Veteran so here you go. I served in the Army as a Medic for a six years so I will be speaking from that perspective. I don't see what the big deal is. Females already serve in support roles and the transition wouldn't be very difficult for those who wish to reclassify their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). This is a volunteer Army and our Country needs brave men and women to fight for it.

    If a woman can meet the standard for an Infantry MOS, who is to say whether or not she can or cannot fight? In this Post 9-11 world, I have seen frightened men and women alike. I have seen them bleed. Bullets and bombs show no prejudiced. Inversely, I have witnessed valor, strength, and courage.

    The Army isn't for everyone. That said, those who join should not be kept from unlocking their full potential based on gender.

    Many people have no idea what a real firefight entails. It's chaos and confusion on multiple levels. Sometimes its offensive, more often its defensive. Also, there are different mission based objectives that need to be achieved. For a visual reference, plenty of soldiers are posting vlogs, gopro videos, and first person accounts of various events on youtube and other various sites.

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