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Women in military deserve equal opportunity, training

January 28, 2013

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced last week the Pentagon will be lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles in the U.S. military service....

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Jan-29-13 11:38 AM

I want women to have to sign up for the Selective Service when they turn 18. That's a step toward true equality. If they can go into combat, they should be drafted too.

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Jan-29-13 5:07 PM

Perhaps that will change now that women are allowed to engage in combat. My understanding is that the draft was created for combat troops, to be called up in a time of war. Since men were the only ones allowed to fight, they were the only ones required to sign up.

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Jan-29-13 8:04 PM

A lot of women would have gladly registered for the draft when they turned 18. They were not allowed to because they were female.

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Jan-29-13 10:35 PM

I'm not saying that a lot of women wouldn't have a problem with it, I'm saying it should be changed to make a move toward true equality.

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Jan-30-13 9:04 AM

In my 60 years plus, I've never known any women wanting to register for the draft. I don't recall any feminist protests fighting for that right. The Viet Nam War was raging when I turned 18. I lost a couple of friends who were drafted, so I've never viewed the draft in a positive light.

I'm guessing that not all women in the military are happy with the ban being lifted for women in combat roles, but many are ready & up for the task. Way to go gals!!

Women are as tough as men mentally, but we're not built the same physically, but it doesn't deter us. Of course, women, also, have to deal with all the feminine issues (can't imagine that in a combat zone.) Now that would be true equality.........just kidding guys.

I'm proud of all of our men & women who serve. God bless them all.

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Jan-30-13 5:14 PM

Hi GrandmaD, I am not too far behind you age wise, and when I was in college many women I knew did make an issue of it. They didn't "want" to register (nor did most men) but they thought it would only be fair and would have been happy to do so.

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Jan-30-13 7:07 PM

Hi LJGibbs. Thank you for sharing that. I honestly did not witness that, & I was among those who did not want to & happy that I did not have to register. It makes me even prouder knowing that there were those who were willing.

I often think about my friends who were drafted & lost their lives in Viet Nam. They were so scared to go & even more scared when they were there. Sometimes I feel guilty that I wasn't there, but it wasn't an option for women to be there. I have to be honest & say I'm glad it wasn't an option.

I have an immediate family member who has been deployed a few times in the last ten years or so. He was well trained & ready to go. It wasn't like that when I was 18. I don't think any of the draftees were prepared to go. Thanks, again, for sharing your input.

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Jan-30-13 11:59 PM

And, speaking of Vietnam, look who's off to god-knows-where as the new Secretary of State.

I don't think we're going to be deploying any troops to the boondocks to fight for...uh ...well pie and WMDs.

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Jan-31-13 11:07 AM

Yeah, it's "pass the ketchup" Mr. Swiftboat to the rescue.

I'll sleep better knowing he'll be there to get the phone when it rings at 3 AM.

The previous comments were only for the benefit of my good friend Sven. I needed to provide him with some ammo so he has something to shoot back with. This current administration has been so perfect we really need to scrape to get anything going to argue about...

So, as for women, let shoot and let be shot at, after all, we are al in this together. And, either everyone should be required to register or nobody. I don't think the "Selective" part of Selective Service is referring to ones' gender.

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Jan-31-13 8:16 PM

You couldn't hold Mr. Secretary's jockstrap, JR. Let alone his Purple Hearts.

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Feb-01-13 1:17 AM

You don't need to provide Sven with any ammo. You leave plenty lying around all the time. :)

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Feb-01-13 3:24 PM


What makes you think he even needs a jock strap ? And, I don't need to hold his purple hearts I have my own to hold onto.

I only make comments like my previous ones and leave the ammo lying around to help build Mr. Sven's fragile self-esteem. He needs all the help he can get from us rational people considering his political leanings. The poor man actually thinks Obama is doing a wonderful job ruining our country. Poor soul. Perhaps Michael will say a special prayer for you.

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Feb-01-13 6:10 PM

JReader, we are not so much saying that Obama is doing a wonderful job, but he is doing a heck of a lot better than Romney ever would have done. The fact that he didn't send all our jobs overseas and liquidate all the assets of this country "Bain Style" attests to that. Look at the stock is doing much better.

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Feb-01-13 6:14 PM

Now, now, JR, don't go getting all bitter on me.

61,173,739 American voters think President BARACK Obama is doing a wonderful job. They re-elected him. He is the President. He is the Commander-in-Chief. He won. This is America. This is how democracy works, fella.

Yup, 61 million.

Maybe you should move to Texas and sulk with the Swift Boaters and plot to secede from the Union.

You're their kind of guy.

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