"Their success, widely known in the military, remains largely hidden from public view. In part, this is because their most challenging work is often the result of a quiet circumvention of military policy.
Women are barred from joining combat branches like the infantry, armor, Special Forces and most field artillery units and from doing support jobs while living with those smaller units. Women can lead some male troops into combat as officers, but they cannot serve with them in battle.
Yet, over and over, in Iraq and Afghanistan, Army commanders have resorted to bureaucratic trickery when they needed more soldiers for crucial jobs, like bomb disposal and intelligence. On paper, for instance, women have been “attached” to a combat unit rather than “assigned.”" NY Times
Women in the infantry, Special Forces and armor? Why not? Can they do the job physically? Learning that is what P.T. tests are about. They can either pass the same tests or they can not. That is easy to find out. Some people think that women will not be as good at fighting and killing as men. I think that is a laughable idea, but, once again, the answer to that question is readily available in the wars the US is now fighting.
If women want to put up with living in the field with a lot of very basic men under conditions of constant and close association, conditions in which it is impossible to give them any sort of privacy, and it is often impossible to keep clean for extended periods of time, then they should be allowed to do so.
There is just no accounting for taste. I miss the Army, but, then… pl