Nationsmith Reader Stories: Women and Military Combat Roles – A Female Veteran’s Perspective

By Meme Moore

This week Nationsmith hosts one of our reader’s perspectives about the evolving role of women and the United States Military. She is a decorated US Army veteran of the War in Iraq, Meme Moore (under pseudonym) argues against including women in front-line combat roles. This story remains unchanged and unedited from its original submission.

Gender equality, what does it really mean?  If all is equal, why not use the military as an example?

In all actuality, the military has the most equal pay standard no one makes more because of gender and promotions are hard to come about.  Also, NCO and CO boards are scored based on performance, regardless of how much you like someone if they are unprepared—guess what, they are not going to be promoted.  Women began their military entrance as aids assisting troops as nurses, seamstresses, and cooks.  Those roles could be homologous to house chores: taking care of children, caring for the husband’s attire, and obviously their kitchen role.

This combat ban has a deeper meaning to those whom are veterans and service members.

This country is run on wars, when has the US not been engaging in conflict?  The answer is beside the point.  In the current war, soldiers get involuntarily mobilized in layman’s terms: deployed.  Deployments can have multiple effects on people, but this ban-lift can be detrimental to some.  In deployments soldiers can be pulled from their MOS to fill open slots, even if it is not their MOS.  That’s right, a person can be trained as a supply clerk and be retrained to be truck driver—without consent.  Now that the ban is lifted, when mobilization comes what is going to happen when those front-line infantry positions need to be filled? Both men and women will be placed there even if they don’t have the best training, but most importantly some women will be (it is almost guaranteed) placed to fill those positions even if they don’t want to.  Not every mind is ready for combat, and I am not insinuating that women are not ready for combat, because some are born to kill. The current men entering infantry positions go in with the mentality to kill.  It is their niche, and those people are mentally ready for the atrocities of war.

I don’t mind the ban lifted, but I do mind the idea of being mobilized as an 11Bravo-infantry woman without any say.  I wish SECDEF Panetta had added a clause protecting women from being involuntarily placed into those infantry positions, better yet why not place a clause protecting women and men. When Uncle Sam calls your name there is no getting out of it, unless extreme measures are taken but that is a whole other story.