September 23rd, 2015

My time in the Navy predated women on combat ships, but there was nothing in my job–NEC 0986—that required any physical or mental skill that would have prohibited a woman from doing the same work. I did serve in a non-combat unit—platform instructor for the Ohio Military Academy—for three years where women were part of the cadre. Again, there was no distinction between the men and women I served with as regarded the physical or mental rigor demanded.

All of this is to say that I find the uproar over women in combat a smoke screen for tired arguments. If women (Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver) can survive (and I use that word advisedly) Ranger training; if Benari Poulton a 130 lbs., 5’4 man, can be a Master Sergeant in the Army, what are the detractors talking about?

I do remember this aboard the USS Reasoner (FF 1063)

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