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Should Women Be Allowed to Serve in Combat?

In this week's Hot Topics conversation, we want to know how you feel about the Pentagon lifting its almost 20-year ban on women serving in combat.

This week, the Pentagon announced it will lift its ban on women serving in combat.

Although the changes will not happen immediately, women may now be eligible for more than 230,000 front-line positions and elite commando jobs.

A year ago, 14,500 combat positions were opened to women, nearly all of them in the Army.

Because of the necessities of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, women are medics, military police and intelligence officers. It has become difficult to keep women clear of combat, according to the AP.Ā 

While these changes may be more reflective of what some women are already doing in the military, questions remain about theĀ strength needed for certain jobs or whether the presence of women might hurt unit cohesion.

Do you think allowing women to serve in combat is a good idea? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments area below.

shannon beeler January 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Amen u go girls I as a woman am glad to see this I'm proud of all our military people male or female and the right person foe the job I for one support this decision:-)
Sam January 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM
I think they should draft the bimbos to they want to act like men treat them like MEN X/Marine here
Smelly Fart January 27, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Amen. Be careful what you ask for n
Destiny Caceres January 31, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Women have come a long way from MEN just thinking of us as house wives and stay at home moms.WAY 2 GO GIRLS its time to stand up for what we have the right to and always will.
Michele Olson February 03, 2013 at 09:16 PM
While I'd love to see ALL people banned from combat, it's not a realistic dream (though a hopeful one.) As long as they can meet the requirements (carrying a pack that can weigh over a hundred pounds for days, for example), then I don't see the problem. I know there's the concern about rape and sexual relations in the stressful situation, but I wonder if it won't have the opposite effect: it's tough to view the person who is watching your back as a lesser individual. And I want to remind the person above who claims to be an ex-Marine, that there IS no draft in this country, either for the MEN or the bimbos. From, an ex-military-spouse-bimbo

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