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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

AP: "Panetta removes military ban on women in combat"

Posted by on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

It's shaping up to be a big day for women in the military—the AP just sent out a blast announcing that the US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has removed the military ban on women in combat, which basically opens up thousands of front line positions for women, which can lead to better career advancement opportunities, better pay, and better pensions.

The announcement comes after four female veterans and the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the government last November, arguing that women are already serving in combat zones and that formally barring women from combat because of their gender violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, in other awesome lady-in-the-military news, a US Air Force General has publicly likened sex assaults on women in the Air Force to cancer:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Likening sexual assault in the Air Force's ranks to a cancer, the service's top officer resolved Wednesday to tackle the problem by screening personnel more carefully and putting an end to bad behaviors like binge drinking that can lead to misconduct.

But Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, underscored the challenge by telling a House oversight committee that the service recorded a disturbing number of reports of sexual assault last year even as it worked to curb misconduct in the wake of a sex scandal at its training headquarters in Texas. Dozens of young female recruits and airmen at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio were victimized by their instructors who sexually harassed, improperly touched or raped them.

... "Why, on what was undoubtedly the worst day of a victim's life, did they not turn to us for help?" Welsh said during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. "We are missing something fundamental in the human-to-human interaction that will allow them to feel safe enough to come to us and report."


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@9 @10 that's true for female officers trying to transition to becoming general officers only.

On the enlisted side, you can move from E1 to E9 from any MOS.

This is a political game aimed at getting more female general officers. Whether it actually will have any benefit for enlisted soldiers is dubious at best.
Posted by Corydon on January 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 14
(by coed showers I mean shower units with a 175 cm height divider between women and men)
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 13
@12 not that big an issue, actually. Other NATO forces have had those for decades.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM · Report this

Next up - coed showers.
Posted by Keenan C on January 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 11
@8 is correct. @6 is a combat avoiding REMF.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM · Report this
fletc3her 10
Wow, about time. For too long we've been drumming skilled women out of active duty because of these limitations. This opens up many career tracks which women wouldn't consider before because they knew a glass ceiling would eventually prevent them from advancing in rank.
Posted by fletc3her on January 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM · Report this
Lissa 9
As a member of a military family, I am pleased that this is happening. Combat experience is a faster track to promotion and influence. The more women who make it up through the ranks the better for the culture with in the Armed Forces over all.
How, and against whom, we use our military is a different issue.
Posted by Lissa on January 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM · Report this
Lissa 8
@6: You need to get your information from some where other than World News Daily.
Posted by Lissa on January 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 7
Some people think killing brown kids overseas and dying for corproate profit is progress......
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on January 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM · Report this
lark 6
I'm uneasy with it. My understanding is the Israelis tried it and rescinded it when it when they discovered some female soldiers who died in combat were pregnant. It also, opens up the path for women to be drafted which I know doesn't sit well with men but just might not sit well with women.
Posted by lark on January 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM · Report this
Come on, you apes, you want to live forever?

My dream of Starship Troopers in real life has come to pass.
Posted by OOF POOF on January 23, 2013 at 1:05 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 4
there is no such thing as "awesome lady-in-the-military" news, because there is no such thing as awesome military news.

unless it is news of a 33% reduction in the size of the budget for our imperial forces.

still, congrats i guess.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 23, 2013 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Former Lurker 3
Yes, more opportunities for more Americans to kill poor brown people in other countries.

Posted by Former Lurker on January 23, 2013 at 12:51 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
About time.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM · Report this
seandr 1
removed the military ban on women in combat

Not sure whether to say "Congratulations!" or "Better them than me."
Posted by seandr on January 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM · Report this

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