I have always been a proponent of women in the military...what I never liked or understood was the so called "Adventure Training" that has always been opened to women, for example Airborne Training. We spent a lot of time an money on training women to jump out of airplanes but everytime the baloon went up, they were pulled from the mission because they were not allowed to go into combat. So, why did we train them.
However, all that is about to change thanks to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who has lifted the military's ban on women serving in combat.
I salute you Mr. Panetta...this is long over due and remember we are not drafting them, they are volunteering.
Can women handle the rigors of combat?
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