Morning Poll: Should Women in Military Be Allowed to Serve Combat Roles?

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Arizona Congressman Trent Franks wrote a recent article for Roll Call, in which he argues that gender differences between men and women should keep the ladies off the front lines of a combat situation.

Franks argues that sexual tension between male and female soldiers "further complicates the situation by providing one more component that can negatively affect morale."

He also points out that woman -- in general -- are physically weaker than men and slower on their feet, which could create a lower standard for the physical requirements of combat troops.

See Franks' column here -- unlike his fear of fagalas, he makes a few valid points in his arguments against women in the military serving in combat roles (assuming you can abandon the principles of equality and accept reality).

We want to know what you think: should women in the military be allowed to serve in combat roles?

Cast your vote below.


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Do You Like Worms?
Do You Like Worms?

sure.... women can be Infantry when women have to register with selective service. 

because it wouldn't really be equality if you got to be equal when you wanted and didn't have to be when you didn't.  Right? They should probably have to pass the male PT test and be on birth control at certain times for equalitys sake as well. 

helentroy4
helentroy4

Morning Poll: Should Women in the Military Be Allowed to Serve in Combat Roles?Earth to Franks: they already are.

canaryguy
canaryguy

With only 2.5% of deaths in Iraq/Afghanistan being women, it is very clear that women are NOT serving in combat.

canaryguy
canaryguy

With women being around 15% of the military, if they were serving in actual combat instead of being on base most of the time, there would be more than 2.5% of combat deaths being women.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

????WHAT???

You do realize that your first sentence negates your second sentence.

If women are not serving in combat, then how can 2.5% of deaths in Iraq/Afghanistan be women?

If what you say is true, it would be 0% of the deaths in Iraq/Afghanistan are women.

Crank Snorting Nazi
Crank Snorting Nazi

James King should serve in the military then come back and write a story or book about it. that is if he lives. but im pretty sure James is to much of a pussy to join up and serve his country like a real man.

BRIAN HAMC PHX AZ
BRIAN HAMC PHX AZ

 I heard James King is afraid of the local Hells Angels and he wont come down to their Saturday night boxing nights to write a new times story on it even though he has been invited to stop by about 8 times already. most people who are real writers would love an opportunity to write about the Hells Angels like that. but not James. maybe Amy Silverman or another New Times writer with some BALLS  might be interested in the job writing about our Saturday night Boxing nights. BRIAN , HELLS ANGELS MC PHX AZ

Keith Wareagle
Keith Wareagle

I dont want no dumb Broads next to me in battle. they cant keep up physically  with men and are not smart as men. dumb cunts will get a man killed. I dont want them riding next to me on their little Harley Davidson sportsters motorcycles either. why? same as above.

helentroy4
helentroy4

Are you still pissed that those felony arrests kept you out of the military?

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

"he makes a few valid points in his arguments against women in the military serving in combat roles (assuming you can abandon the principles of equality and accept reality)"

James King please tell me what experience you have with military that would give you the insight to know that any of his arguments are valid.

None of his arguments are valid, and that perspective is from a combat veteran that served in a unit made up of almost equal part male and female.

His whole argument is bull and I can't believe anyone would give it any credibility.

James King
James King

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I didn't say he was right -- I just said he made a point.

RetiredArmy
RetiredArmy

OK, perhaps I misread your meaning. This article just got my blood boiling because Trent Franks showed enormous disrespect to our military and the soldiers that I served with.

LEE COLE
LEE COLE

 James King is a yuppie draft dodger office boy. he knows nothing of war and violence.

J Curwen
J Curwen

Is Mr. King even old enough to be a draft dodger? IIRC one would need to be well over 50 to have dodged the draft. You know, like I did, and am glad to have done. Viet Nam was a mess. While I have no beef with the guys who got drafted, I'm glad I got out of it.

helentroy4
helentroy4

Please do tell us how you know everything about war and violence. Have you served?

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