This has been a hot debate since women were first allowed in the military at all.
My husband, who is currently serving in the United States Marine Corps, stated a few important reasons as to why women still should not serve on the front line. Even from my point of view – which happens to be slightly feminine, I must say that I agree.
“There is too big of a difference in the amount of weight a woman can carry. Physically, women are naturally weaker than men. If I’m carrying all of my gear, which is weighed in at around 300 to 400 total extra pounds, and something happens to me in combat – if a woman is the closest Marine to me, she has to carry me, my gear, and uphold her own weight and gear as well, which could be weighed in at around 100 pounds. Even with an adrenaline rush, it would put both of us at an unnecessary risk because she will not be able to do it. Other downfalls include the specific hygiene needs that a woman needs as opposed to a man. While a woman is on her monthly cycle, animals can still pick up that scent, even with sprays that eliminate scent on humans. This creates a risk as well because our cover could be blown and we would be at risk for an attack,” Corporal Barrett.
As these are very good reasons, we also discussed that factor that women naturally are more emotional than men. Whereas women tend to function more on emotion, it can become a huge hindrance in an operation. Women have come a long way to enter themselves into serving their country through the US Military; however, I daresay that women will only be able to go so far and work in certain fields in the military because the front line in a combat zone simply is not the place for women.
My brother, who is currently serving in the United States Army also had a few words to say. “If a woman can fight like a man, work like a man, and uphold to same qualifications as a man would in the military on the front line for combat, I wouldn’t be as opposed. The fact that standards are lowered because a woman is seen as a woman in the military instead of as a soldier as men are creates a divide. I don’t want my buddy beside me to cower during a firefight – that being that it is a man or a woman,” Sergeant Hitt
We also discussed that women are more susceptible to infections and sicknesses than men are. The women have to return to base every few days or every week to properly keep up their hygiene because of this.
“It creates a problem and a danger to the unit taking the females back to base because of unnecessary travel and putting the battle buddies in harms way to render ‘proper care’ for the WOMEN. There really is a constant divide among women soldiers as being simply soldiers. The conditions aren’t made for women – simple as that,” Sergeant Hitt.
These are serious issues that encompass women being allowed in combat. Even if women DID train the EXACT same and push forward as much as the men – their fellow soldiers or Marines -do, the fact that their susceptibility for infection is still a hindrance. As of now, I personally cannot see a solution to this or the many of factors that keep women off of the front line.
“It’s the reason even from so long ago that hasn’t changed. It’s not sexist – it’s just for specific reasons; men fight the wars that need to be fought.” Corporal Barrett.