Ladies in Waiting, Women Warriors in Combat?

There is a push afoot to grant women the unrestricted right to serve in combat positions. I can think of one female Sailor who had the strength (quite easily) to serve on the frontline. But she was a head-case, which would make her prohibitive for such a position. I’m also not a fan of what 1st. Lt. Colleen Farrell did, getting the ACLU involved:

Marine 1st. Lt. Colleen Farrell speaks during a media conference on Tuesday in San Francisco. Farrell and several other active women military personnel have filed a federal lawsuit to demand combat action, requesting all branches of the military to remove the so-called combat exclusionary rule that bars women from fighting on the front lines. This suit, to be filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, is believed to be the first involving active duty military personnel.

I respect all our female service members, including the ones I disagree with. Like Army Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt. Who was a true hero in Iraq when her Humvee hit an IED:

“I’m trying to get rid of the ban with a sharp poke,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt, who was among the plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit and was injured in 2007 when her Humvee ran over an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

Female Marine going pull-ups

Hunt and the other three women said the policy unfairly blocks them from promotions and other advancements open to men in combat. Three of the women are in the reserves. A fourth, Marine Corp Lt. Colleen Farrell, leaves active duty this week. . .

American Civil Liberties Union Ariela Migdal, who represents the four women, said Panetta’s actions weren’t enough. She called for an end to the combat ban. “These tweaks and minor changes on the margins do a disservice to all the women who serve,” she said.

“It falls short,” she said. “It is not enough.”

Marine Corps Capt. Zoe Bedell said she left active duty, in large part, because of the combat exclusion policy. Bedell said she was frustrated that her advancement in the Marines was blocked by her inability to serve directly in combat units.

Female IDF soldiers

The lawsuit is taking an interesting path to reach the courts. By alleging that women are already serving in combat:

The lawsuit also alleges that women are already serving unofficially in combat units.

Air National Guard Major Mary Jennings Hegar sustained shrapnel wounds in 2009 when she exchanged fire on the ground in Afghanistan after her Medevac helicopter was shot down. Both she and Hunt received Purple Heart medals for their injuries.

The lawsuit was assigned to U.S. District Judge Edward Chen, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

We shall see, Shipmates. We shall see. The Israelis had some interesting studies on this. And pullups for females were finally added to the Marine Corps PT test. I will give the last word to Capt. Katie Petronio: We as an institution are going to experience a colossal increase in crippling and career-ending medical conditions for females.