The U.S. military is ending its policy of excluding women from combat and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops
The Secretary of Defense will officially lift the ban tomorrow.
It’s news that’s had them talking all night at Post 7446 in Addison. Most were of one mind, that the field of battle is no place for a woman.
“Psychologically, I don’t know,” said Vietnam Vet John Karedes. “If I was in combat and saw a woman in my unit get killed, that would totally destroy me.”
But their congresswoman certainly doesn’t feel that way. Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs and partial use of an arm flying a Black Hawk helicopter in Iraq, feels strongly in favor of lifting the ban. She believes women who want to fight on the front lines can and should, do just that.”
“If the women can’t meet the standards, then they don’t get to graduate from the program,” she said. “But if they can meet the standards, then we gain another soldier who is willing to serve this nation and willing to lay their lives down in a combat role. And that’s good for our military.”
That’s good enough for many of Duckworth’s supporters. Those in her district from military families share a common belief in the value of service but not necessarily in the role women should play.
Janice Ford has a husband, son and father who’ve all seen the horrors of combat.
“If women want the right to defend their country on the battlefield, they should be able to,” she said.