Women in Combat – Weighing In



First All-Female Flight Crew, 1983 (Credit: AF Times)

Social media and the news have been a buzz these days with talks of The Honorable Leon E. Panetta’s [yes, that’s how you’ll refer to him at BMT] recent lifting of the ban on women in combat.  The controversy/conversation has been difficult to avoid even in my own home, as DH, a combat veteran of three branches now, has no problems sharing his opinion.

Me, I’ve been a little more quiet.  I understand the rationale behind the various arguments being thrown out there.  I self-identify as a feminist, but I try to do my research as I shape my position.  I believe in equal access and equal opportunity for all people, and the opportunity to prove one’s worth and merit.  I also recognize that I am new to the military and have never deployed.  I won’t claim to understand the emotional, physical, and mental demands of a combat environment.

What I do know and believe is this – when I tried to do something and others doubted me, it only motivated me further, to prove them wrong.  I surrounded myself by positive people who offered a support network and encouraged me to achieve my dreams.  I don’t set out to do anything half-assed.  Like they say, anything worth doing is worth doing well.  I gave 100% from the get-go and excelled as a result.  If you’re a woman who is passionate about serving on the front lines, by all means, go for it.  Everyone knows that road won’t be easy, the nay-sayers will be plentiful, and your fellow service members might not even support you.  If you’re up for those hurdles, then who am I to stand in your way of aiming high?  It goes against my personal philosophy to be unsupportive of anyone who is determined, passionate, and giving their all.  

One thought on “Women in Combat – Weighing In

  1. Melsaid

    Good for you! That's a great viewpoint – not many people are that diplomatic (meaning, few admit that we don't have the actual experience to necessarily have an opinion beyond wanting to support a woman's right to achieve absolutely anything.) Which I do. I really, really do! 🙂

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