I’m a veteran of the United States Army. I’d have chosen many of my female friends to be in combat beside me ahead of their male counterparts. Today that becomes a reality.
BREAKING: Panetta removes military ban on women in combat, opening thousands of front line positions.— The Associated Press (@AP) January 23, 2013
But there’s a problem. As odd as it may sound, watch Demi Moore’s GI Jane for a rather parallel depiction to what I think will happen in these next few years.
The society of the United States, as progressive as some of us might like to believe that we are, will have serious issues with women on the front lines. Expect pushback and manipulation from Governors, Senators and other elected officials who are in turn being weighed upon heavily by their electors.
Though the bigger problem is the society within the armed forces. The opinions of a few, individual soldiers notwithstanding, there are going to be many who will do absolutely everything in their power to see that a female soldier, airman or marine never hits the trenches.
Secretary Panetta’s move is admirable, and far overdue. But now the problems will begin.