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Vast majority of respondents question putting women in combat

Opening the door to women in combat would be “disastrous,” say some, and it’s long overdue, say others who joined in a torrent of responses to the announcement that the Army isn’t just “brothers” in arms anymore.

The Defense Department in January announced its decision to allow women to serve in direct combat roles.

In more than 100 letters to Army Times, nearly 20 percent voiced unconditional support for the move. In comments from those who offered a definite opinion for or against, women were 2 to 1 against it and men about 4 to 1 against.

 

Army arms every division with massive UAV

The Army is setting 15 companies up with huge Gray Eagle drones, a move that will give divisions new theater-level long-range, high-endurance reconnaissance and extended standoff attack capabilities.

The massive MQ-1C Gray Eagle drone can fly for 24 hours, as high as 25,000 feet, and it can carry four Hellfire missiles. Soldiers in the cockpit of the new Apache AH-6 4E will have the ability to use its sensors to observe the battlefield and fire those missiles — all while safe and far away.

The companies will go to every active-duty division, plus two each for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and the military intelligence aerial exploitation battalions. The National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., will get one, too.

 

Handbook reminds soldiers, families not to spill info online

Soldiers know they shouldn’t update their Facebook pages about last week’s ambush or tomorrow’s patrol, but the rules about operational security on social media can still be unclear for troops and their families.

“I’ve seen not only soldiers but also their spouses posting exact dates, times and locations of their soldiers while deployed,” said a woman whose husband is with the 574th Quartermaster Support Company at Grafenwoehr, Germany. “A few guys even posted when and where they were moving all of them to the next [combat outpost/forward operating base]!”

The woman, who asked that her name not be used, told Army Times she was referring to her husband’s 2011-12 deployment with the 172nd Infantry Brigade.

 

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  1. Life is very complicated at times. Many mothers/fathers raised their daughters telling them they can be anything in the world if they put there mind to it. I tell my daughters that all the time, and mean every bit of it. Many daughters that has a father figure in there life wants to be like there father, or a man that has traits like there father. My son like my oldest daughter want to be like there daddy(me) one day. I am proud US ARMY CAVALRY SCOUT that’s has semi bias opinion on woman in combat arms. I feel woman can make the combat world more dynamic in certain position and units. I.E. Military Intel, Military Police, Civil Affairs, and many other enablers role. I believe having them going to basic infantry training, Ranger school,RSLC, etc with same PT standards will have woman ready for when needed to be call upon in a combat role.
    To be a every day 1k-15K ground and pound, 155m mortar carrying, Bradley/Tank Gunner, LRASS on hill OP is when I show bias. For the people who never serve in combat MOS, or have had husbands in combat MOS may or may understand how much of a beating your body takes over the years. What happens to a woman body after all the beating?
    What happen when she decided to have kids? Does all the wear and tear of the body over years effect her reproduction? I know all woman not going to want to have kids, but some will. Have there been studies of what happens to woman physical and biological over long period of time in this hard life?
    For the woman who decide to go combat arm, don’t do it because the military is giving incentive’s to switch over. Do it because you feel you can some how you can make a difference, not because you one day you’re going for office, and it looks good on paper you was a combat scout,infantry or what ever. Also accept some true facts that have been proving over the years like: What this life do to the body, Family life is extremely strain more, Combat guys talk, act more loosely due to we really didn’t have woman below squadron/battalion level. So accept many hardens combat guys not going to change their ways because congress said woman going into combat. Be careful for what you ask for because you many get it.
    SCOUTS OUT!!

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