Women Fighting on the Front Lines

“We took out the enemy target with the last remaining missile on our aircraft. Several months later, I was talking to a Marine. When he found out I flew Cobras, he started to recount an experience he had in Iraq in which a Cobra shot a missile and saved his squad. Turned out, it was the same mission; the missile came from my aircraft. He stared at me and said, “Ma’am, you saved my life.” Did it matter that the one who fired that missile was a woman, or that she was black and gay? Absolutely not!”

The above is by Captain Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, America’s first African-American female combat pilot, about the hot-button issue concerning the Pentagon lifting the ban on women fighting on the front lines.

Those who oppose women fighting on the front lines claim that women will greatly interrupt group bonding, cohesion, and that group dynamics will forever be changed. These same arguments have been used in the past to describe why minorities and homosexuals should also be banned from fighting on the front lines. These negative assumptions have proven time and again to be false.

Women should be able to take advantage of these new opportunities if they choose to enlist and those already serving should have the chance to get promoted because “the bottom line is if you can do the job, you should be out there doing it, whether you’re a man or a woman.”

What do you think about women fighting on the front lines? Do you agree with Armour?

Read her full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/30/opinion/armour-women-in-combat/index.html


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