Description and Definition of Infantry
On Monday we discussed differing perspectives on merging male and female sports at all levels to provide equal opportunity to everyone. The discussion topic met with differing views and is a precursor to this posts topic, allowing women into the infantry of the US Army, the US Marine Corps, and special operations.
Four Female Military Officers Supported by the ACLU are suing the Department of Defense over the combat exclusion clause prohibiting women from serving in direct combat arms roles. The military does not currently allow women to serve in ground combat units, such as infantry, artillery, armor or as special operations commandos. Recent wars without clear front lines have frequently pushed women assigned to support roles directly into the fighting. Read the below articles to hear their perspectives :
ACLU Lawsuit by female military officers
Before you form opinions, remember the issue is not whether or not woman face and experience combat in today's non-linear where the enemy operates among the populace. Of course military woman face combat situations and in many cases excel in serving and sacrificing for their country.
The issue is should they serve in armor, artillery, infantry, and special operations assigned to direct combat???
Here is one father's opinion:
Not Time Yet For Women To Serve In The Infantry
Here is an update on what the USMC is doing about this topic:
Marines Test Woman in the Infantry Course for the First Time
Lastly Read the Opinion of One Female Marine Officer Who Has Combat Experience
Get Over It We Are Not All Created Equally
1. Read the post and the attached articles and determine if you are for or against allowing females in some or all of the combat arms specialties.
2. You will be formed into groups to informally debate your team's opinion as a public speaking endeavor. Try to use some specific facts and arguments from the attached readings.
3. Post your personal opinion to this blog as your homework for this week.
DO THE NEEDS OF THE FEW OUTWEIGH THE NEEDS OF THE MANY...?