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posted by martyb on Friday December 04 2015, @03:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the anything-you-can-do... dept.

Multiple sources report that on Thursday, December 3rd, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that the US military will open all combat jobs to women. From The Wall Street Journal:

"This means that, as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before," Mr. Carter said.

He spelled out the implications of his decision: "They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They'll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men."

[...] The practical effect of the announcement is to open up the 10% of positions that still remain closed to women--nearly 220,000 jobs--in infantry, reconnaissance and special operations units.

[Much more after the break.]

ABC News brings us some words from combat veteran and US congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (link again):

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., one of the first Army women to fly combat missions in the 2003-2011 Iraq war, welcomed the decision.

"I didn't lose my legs in a bar fight -- of course women can serve in combat," said Duckworth, whose helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. "This decision is long overdue."

The Kurdish militia is another option for women who want to fight. Fox News earlier this year wrote about one such woman, Gill Rosenberg:

A Canadian-born Israeli woman who joined a Kurdish militia to fight against the Islamic State group said that after a stint in prison, she felt compelled to do something positive with her life and battle against the "genocide" unfolding in Syria and Iraq.

Gill Rosenberg, 31, was among the first female volunteers to fight in the Syrian civil war.

Vice brings us a story about another woman determined to fight ISIS, model Hanna Bohman:

As thousands of Syrian refugees flee the country, escaping Bashar al-Assad's barrel bombs and the barbarism of ISIS, one woman from Canada has headed to the war zone for a second time.

Hanna Bohman, aka Tiger Sun, joined the women's militia army of the People's Defence Unit, known as the YPJ in the Kurdish region of Syria (Rojava) following a near-fatal motorbike accident last year.

Also see NPR's coverage: Pentagon Says Women Can Now Serve In Front-Line Ground Combat Positions.


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by jdavidb on Friday December 04 2015, @05:29PM

    by jdavidb (5690) on Friday December 04 2015, @05:29PM (#271867) Homepage Journal

    Honestly this doesn't affect me all that much. I don't support what they are doing anyway, regardless of what their gender or sexual proclivities are. (In fact the biggest problem I see is men and women sexually shaming the prisoners, although I guess that was awhile back. What we know of, at least.) IMO, Washington mostly needs to get women and men out of combat.

    I'm not opposing anybody's right to defend themselves when threatened, but obviously the biggest provoker of us being threatened is retaliation over what the U.S. military is.

    Whatever happened to that black guy who was elected to bring all the troops home? Did he ever do that?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @07:59PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @07:59PM (#271920)

    who was elected to bring all the troops home?

    I'm pretty sure Obama never said that. In fact, I remember Obama specifically saying that he wasn't going to bring them home. No matter what Obama said, liberals projected their wishful thinking on him and conservatives projected their nightmares on him.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @08:10PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @08:10PM (#271921)

      Yeah, because he is just a victim in all this, he never made any mistakes, or failed to follow through on campaign promises . . .

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @09:44PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 04 2015, @09:44PM (#271960)

        No, but as you allude to, Obama has made enough of his own mistakes and failed to keep many promises that it is unnecessary to make ones up. I did not vote for or believe any of the hype or hysteria about Obama when he was campaigning. I actually think that it is funny when people were surprised about his stances on certain things when he was very clear about the topic before he was elected. I guess they were too filled with "Hope" that things would "Change" exactly they way they wanted independently of what Obama said.

      • (Score: 1) by Eristone on Friday December 04 2015, @11:53PM

        by Eristone (4775) on Friday December 04 2015, @11:53PM (#272001)

        You mean these promises [politifact.com] that he made?

    • (Score: 2) by jdavidb on Friday December 04 2015, @11:36PM

      by jdavidb (5690) on Friday December 04 2015, @11:36PM (#271996) Homepage Journal

      No matter what Obama said, liberals projected their wishful thinking on him and conservatives projected their nightmares on him.

      I understand. I used to make the same mistake with George W. Bush when I was a conservative. Maybe eventually we can all realize we are being taken for a ride.

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 05 2015, @03:45AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 05 2015, @03:45AM (#272075)

        I think people already know but the media and campaign marketing scare people into choosing the "side" that isn't evil. Far too many people choose a candidate because they are not-Bush/not-Obama or just because they identify as Democrat/Republican. If people actually voted for the candidates they thought were best for the country, using the facts of what they say and do, then we would probably have better choices.

        Unless it is discovered that there is a large conspiracy of Republicans and Democrats working together to eat babies, then we probably won't be able to break out of the two-party system without some serious changes to the voting process.