Tuesday, September 01, 2009

On Women in Infantry

To me, it's open and shut.

...Yes, it’s about the 120+ temperatures - it’s almost impossible to operate. Yes, it’s about the heavy body armor, and in full gear with backpack, hydration, weapon and ammunition, it’s more than 120 pounds for as long as the hump, 15 or 20 miles. But it’s really about more than that. It’s even more than about the ability to carry heavy weight for long distances in high temperatures. We don’t bathe for a month at a time.

...You want to know what it’s like, physically, to be an infantry Marine in the field? Strap 120 pounds on your body and play men’s football for a season, and do it while being sleep deprived with guys dropping around you from heat stroke. Do squad rushes with full weight. And when you hit the ground, don’t pretend. Hit the ground.

More at the link.

HT: Captain's Journal

1 comment:

Deekaman said...

I firmly believe that women are the civilizing force in any society. If true, why would we subject them to the most uncivilized thing men do?