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Take Action: Department of Defense Says Women May Serve on Front Lines

by Bethany Monk

The U.S. Department of Defense has decided to let women serve on the front lines, which would place them in extremely dangerous situations and possibly include them in any future draft.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced Thursday the decision to overturn a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Military experts say this is based on a “radical diversity agenda” is harmful for women and potentially dangerous for the country.

Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, said Panetta’s “ill-advised” action will burden fighting units.

“It will make military life more difficult and more dangerous for men and women alike,” she said. “It will also affect unsuspecting civilian women, who will face equal obligations to register for Selective Service when a future federal court rules in favor of litigation brought by the ACLU on behalf of men.”

Col. Ron Crews, executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty, is also concerned it will lead to women being drafted into war zones.

“We as a country are losing something in terms of giving honor to our females,” Crews told CitizenLink. “Is that what moms and dads really want for their daughters?”

He also mentioned the potential problems stemming from men and women living and serving in close quarters.

“I hate that we’re putting commanders in positions where they have to be concerned about things other than the missions” at hand, Crews said. 

Women have, for years, been serving in in the military with great skill and courage, he explained. “It’s a matter of what’s best on the ground.”

Retired Col. Bill Spencer, CitizenLink’s national representative of family policy councils, said he wants to see research that supports Panetta’s decision.

“You want your defenders to be the best trained,” said Spencer, who spent nearly 29 years in the U.S. Air Force. “War is not a game where you are looking for a level playing field. Where is the data that supports women serving in these combat roles?”

Urge the DoD to protect women by reconsidering its decision to let them serve in the front lines.

Read “Defense Department ‘Diversity’ Push for Women in Land Combat.”

Learn more about the Center for Military Readiness.