Homosexuals have always served in all branches and in all divisions; I certainly knew this when I served in the Navy. Sexual orientation meant little to nothing, whether someone could do their job, now that mattered. One of the best sailors I’ve ever served with was gay (he was our commanding officer’s administrator…known in the Navy as a Yeoman). I’m not saying that “Don’t ask don’t tell” isn’t an issue I’m just saying that it’s not much of one and certainly not a Civil Rights legacy item the Obama camp is trying to sell.
Next, women serving in combat roles. In a recent survey 92% of the women serving in the military say they aren’t interested in a combat role. Why? Two primary reasons. One is they don’t have the desire to serve in a high-risk assignment. They enjoy what they’re doing now whether it’s performing as a sniper (which women do), or doing computer programming. Going door to door clearing hostile areas just doesn’t seem appealing to a lot of women…to me either.
The other area these women mentioned, are the physical requirements. Carrying 70 pounds of equipment for miles then digging bunkers isn’t an equality issue. Men have more muscle mass…that’s just the way it is. If they only had to carry let’s say 30 pounds then maybe it would work for women. If a woman can handle these physical requirements (I’m sure some could), then that’s great and she deserves the combat position.
I don’t mind combat roles being opened up for women like in the various Special Forces but I don’t believe the criteria should be lowered for them to qualify. This would only serve to water down our military strength. Most women wouldn’t pass the physical requirements of some of these units like the Delta Force or Navy Seals but the fact is most men wouldn’t either. It serves to weed out the weak regardless of gender.
I’ll wrap it up. “Don’t ask don’t tell” is a ridiculous slogan. The military would be idiots to not consider every viable candidate who meets physical and mental requirements. There has always been homosexuals serving honorably in the armed forces; no Obama slogan is necessary in an effort to try and create a civil rights legacy…it’s a fabrication. And quite simply, women in combat roles aren’t an issue as long as they qualify. Men and women are different in a variety of ways and one is physical strength; it’s the way God made us we can’t run from it. My two cents worth.