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    • Panel: Let women serve in combat

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      WASHINGTON — A military advisory commission is recommending that the Pentagon do away with a policy that bans women from serving in combat units, breathing new life into a long-simmering debate.

      Though thousands of women have been involved in the fights in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have done so while serving in combat support roles — as medics, logistics officers and so on — because defense policy prohibits women from being assigned to any unit smaller than a brigade whose primary mission is direct combat on the ground. On Friday, a special panel was meeting to polish the final draft of a report that recommends the policy be eliminated "to create a level playing field for all qualified service members."

      If it were approved by the Defense Department, it would be yet another sizeable social change in a force that in the past year has seen policy changes to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly for the first time in the military and to allow Navy women to serve on submarines for the first time.

      The newest move is being recommended by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, established by Congress two years ago, and expected to send its report to Congress and President Barack Obama in the spring. The Army is doing its own internal study of the question as well.

      The new report by a panel of retired and current military officers says that keeping women out of combat units prohibits them from serving in roughly 10 percent of Marine Corps and Army occupational specialties and thus is a barrier to promotions and advancement.

      Should women be allowed to serve in military combat roles?
      "The Armed Forces have not yet succeeded in developing leaders who are as diverse as the nation they serve," said the report, which also touched on recruiting and a range of other issues affecting the diversity of the force. "Minorities and women still lag behind white men in terms of number of military leadership positions."

      Women generally make up about 14 percent of the armed services. Of the roughly 2.2 million troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 255,000 have been women, said Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez.

      v"It's something whose time has come ... a logical outcome of what women have been doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the Army and Marines have been essentially ducking the policy," said Lory Manning of the Women's Research and Education Institute. "They come up with the (term) 'attaching' someone to a unit as opposed to 'assigning,' but they've been doing it for nine years now."

      The current policy "represents a huge glass ceiling for servicewomen," Anu Bhagwati, former Marine Captain and executive director of the rights group Service Women's Action Network, said. "It is archaic, it does not reflect the many sacrifices and contributions that women make in the military, and it ignores the reality of current warfighting doctrine."

      Matter of fairness?
      Since promotion to many senior positions in the military is dependent on combat experience, changing the policy is a matter of fairness, she said.

      The new report challenges predictions that a change would have ill effects on the units. "To date, there has been little evidence that the integration of women into previously closed units or occupations has had a negative impact on important mission-related performance factors, like unit cohesion," the draft says.

      "Furthermore, a study by the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services actually found that a majority of focus group participants felt that women serving in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan have had a positive impact on mission accomplishment," the report says of a previous independent study.

      Top defense leaders have said they see the change coming someday. In answer to a question, Defense Secretary Robert Gates in September, for instance, told Reserve Officer Training Corps students at Duke University that he expects women to serve in special operations units, the kind of commando teams known for stealth missions. Gates said he expects women eventually will be allowed into special operations forces in a careful, deliberate manner.

      The new report recommends a phased-in approach. First women in career fields and specialties currently open to them should be immediately assigned to any unit that requires that specialty. And the Pentagon and individual services should implement a phased approach to open to women additional career fields and units involved in direct ground combat, the report said.

      Lainez said the department will review the recommendations when the report is delivered.

      But regardless of what becomes of the policy, she noted that women will continue to be drawn into combat action.

      "Women in the military continue to make tremendous contributions and profound sacrifices," Lainez said in an e-mailed statement. "Women will continue to be assigned to units and positions that may necessitate combat actions (even within the current restrictions) — situations for which they are fully trained and equipped to respond."

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    • New passion

      8 years ago

      Sgt_Death

      Went snowboarding yesterday up at big bear mountain in calli. I gotta say I love snowboarding now and can't wait to hit the slopes again. I definatley recommend it to anyone who wants to do it!

    • 8 years ago

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    • My new blog

      8 years ago

      Sgt_Death

      I have a blog up and running now; FOLLOW IT and tell your friends

      optionofficer.blogspot.com/

    • 8 years ago

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    • Conway: Marines will stay in Afg for yrs

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      Soory about the tittle, ran out of space.

      Anyways link

      Being an outgoing Marine Corps Commandant gives you a hell of a lot more leeway in calling it like you see it. Short timer CMC Gen. James Conway has been one of the most vocal opponents of the Obama administration’s push to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell†policy.

      Today, the typically (and now, with his post-retirement fishing hole in sight, even more so) blunt spoken Conway took aim at the administration’s Afghanistan policy, saying the July 2011 withdrawal deadline may be boosting Taliban morale. “In some ways, we think right now, its probably giving our enemy sustenance… we’ve intercepted communications that say, “Hey we only have to hold out for so long.â€

      Yet, the enemy is getting tired, Conway said, recent interrogations of Taliban prisoners show a level of exhaustion and frustration with the endless fighting, “they’re getting hammered.†U.S. and NATO troops have wrenched the initiative from the Taliban, he said, constant strikes against Taliban supply lines have made it harder for them to move bomb making materials to the battlefield.

      The 2011 withdrawal date really doesn’t mean much to his Marines fighting in southern Helmand province, Conway said, as they’re not going anywhere for years to come. It will be years before the conditions on the ground in Afghanistan will allow the Marines to turn over security to Afghan troops. The CMC’s message was meant for his Marines as much as anybody else, saying they must adjust their “mindset†for a prolonged stay in Afghanistan.


      Conway said fighting in the pivotal town of Marja continues, with insurgents operating mostly in the shadows to intimidate local Afghans. The clear part of the “clear, hold, build†approach went well there, he said. The Taliban are unwilling to admit defeat, however, and are determined to prevent the Marines in Marja from declaring victory. He guessed there were around a “couple hundred†insurgents in Marja.

      Conway added that the Marines don’t have a problem with the often contentious and highly restrictive rules of engagement.



      Read more: defensetech.org/2010/08/24/marines-will-remain-in-southern-afghanistan-for-years-conway/#ixzz0xa4tGnGa
      Defense.org

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    • When you turned 18

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      What was the first thing you thought/did?

      Me: I thought "Sweet, now I wont have to lie to porn sites anymore."

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    • Astro Empires

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      Anyone here play? Im on Ceti.

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  • Comments (855)

    • 1984

      8 years ago

      The Daily Show probably circa 2000

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      8 years ago

      derp!

    • MsAdama

      8 years ago

      Just a small community college near by until I can get money to transfer somewhere.. p.s., choose Slavic!

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      If you want more information on MARSOC I might be able to get you in touch with a Marine Career Planner.

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      9 years ago

      this mexican food and yogurt


      Why would you do that to your digestive system?

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      9 years ago

      Cyrillic, I think it is. And yeah, apparently it makes eating Frosted Silica Flakes sound like a good idea. But it also makes panties drop faster than a force pull. German makes women run away in terror... unless they're into that whole sounding like you're channeling the devil thing.

    • Chi_Mangetsu

      9 years ago

      Seven year old: Mommy, daddy what do gays and lesbians do in the military?

      Parents: When we go to DC, we'll stop by Arlington and show you dear.


      Quotable quote is damn powerful.

    • Box

      9 years ago

      I think I know what video you're talking about. It's an old video called "A tribute"

      I don't have that video anymore :/ Nor do I remember the song name :(


      I do remember how it sounds though :/

    • Box

      9 years ago

      lol how long ago was this? o.0

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      lol, I can understand why I haven't heard much from you. Are you going to be attending ROTC for College or do you still hold any interest in serving in the military?

    • nightwolf12 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      Hey man,
      I haven't heard from you in a while. What have you been up to?

    • injuredbat

      9 years ago

      YEEEEEEEESSS!!11!
      www.garrysmod.org/downloads/?a=view&id=38121

    • metallavery

      9 years ago

      hello i am the heaad admin of the naruto group i have talk to the leaders of NATO and i have decided that the country of naruto will join NATO. that means i whant every one to joinNATO!!!!

    • WhenIDie7

      9 years ago

      Hey MODel Citizens member!

      Find someone on RvB and nominate them so we can get people on the comm stats that never have been before.

      Don't forget to give a reason why that person deserves the spot :-)

    • DoNothing69

      9 years ago

      The bible says alot of things that people ignore. Some more important than others.

    • crazy_kitty

      10 years ago

      I'm in flordia, I'd love to tell him... if he'd answer his phone haha

    • DRUM57IX

      10 years ago

      Sounds like the officer could have handled that situation better...

      Lucky for him he was never marandized!!!

    • DRUM57IX

      10 years ago

      There would be 2 charges for that:
      1-if the incident happened in a public area, disorderly conduct (this is basically a catch all law for non-compliance with a police officer and his orders)
      2- Criminal Trespass. Criminal Trespass is when you are told or asked to leave a specified area and either don't leave or come back later when not granted permission.

      These are arrestable offenses in most states, but both are usually misdemeanors. Typically, these offenses are fine only, or may include community service, probation, or even up to 1 year in jail. Though with all the over crowding in our jails, and if its a first offense, typically its just a fine only thing...

      You have every right in the world to ask the officer why he is asking you to leave, but its usually best to comply first and ask later if you are at that time still free...

      Are there any other details you want to disclose...I may be able to help more!!!

      (hope everything works out!)

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      yea i know the A-10 is my favorite plane next tot he F14

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      A-10s are hitting the bone yards man they are decommissioning them just like the F14 i dont think we will jhave A-10s much longer

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      yea the only country i can see owning a tank capable of combating an abrams is germany plus if we ever face a country with tanks we would have the F35 and F22 in action and they would destroy them without complications

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      tank on tank combat really who are we going to fight that has a tank that can even remotely stand up to an abrams _._

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      only say that cuz u know im right HA!

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      then whos gonna repair it in a firefight? the tankers hiding inside? nah that ours job ^^ just admit it rine need seabees just as much as seabees need leathernecks in fact my dads 2 best friends in iraq was his partner and a marine helo pilot by the sign of gunshot six-seven

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      pft if u aint got me to repair ur shit u not going anywhere XD

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      pff ill build ur entire base AND baby sit u babies XD thats the job of seabees the motton we build we fight (we baby sit) seabees can do XD

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      HA! marines im going in the navy seabees as a general mechanic so looks like ill be baby sitting u XD

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      yea someones got to be CO but i think ill leave that to the little ensigns fresh from NROTC and college after being trained by a good chief i never really wanna be an officer ^^ desk work just aint my thing

    • PVTMcGriddle

      10 years ago

      lol im in afjrotc unfortunately but my rank equals CPO i wish i was in Njrotc lol if i was in ur place and aws offered a promotion past CPO i would deny aint no way in hell anyone gonna call me sir ^^

    • CSP499

      10 years ago

      I came all the way back to RvB to read your comments? Shit...

    • verd FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold All4FUN

      10 years ago

      Doesn't really bother me too much it is the internet so you get use to it after a while. Also its aokay that you gave it a funny at least it's out of the negatives.

    • Box

      10 years ago

      Haha tru dat!

    • Box

      10 years ago

      lmao yeah.

      I am hungry too smiley3.gif

    • Box

      10 years ago

      Nothing much man, just bored. Yourself?

    • Box

      10 years ago

      lol figured you'd say something like that XD

    • Box

      10 years ago

      Hey! Do you remember me? smiley0.gif

    • joebilly

      10 years ago

      How's life dude?

    • Athena167

      10 years ago

      The kanji says "trust"....thank you for brightening my day with a "thats what she said" joke....i was beginning to think i was the only one who said that shit anymore

    • injuredbat

      10 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=cf3NvtWw6H8 three words, America....FUCK YEA

    • crazy_kitty

      10 years ago

      youre a LIAR! you never came back D:

    • ICiYou

      10 years ago

      ^_^ thanks

      New friends are cool

    • ICiYou

      10 years ago

      So why the RFR?

    • metallavery

      10 years ago

      Hello, I am the head admin for the Naruto group, I am trying to make the forum a bigger and better place. Right now, I'm adding new admins so we can have news post more frequently, a weekly Naruto manga and shippuden eps.
      Also an RPG is coming soon so please stop by often to see whats new in the group.

    • crazy_kitty

      10 years ago

      DUH
      I watch anytang with that much bouncin bewbs

    • crazy_kitty

      10 years ago

      you know you love my cooties

    • crazy_kitty

      10 years ago

      well thats too bad >:3
      I think ima go play it NOW

    • S0u1R34p3r

      10 years ago

      Well I would have expected that.

    • S0u1R34p3r

      10 years ago

      Have you read the book? If so, is the movie mostly parallel to the book? (aside from the ending)

    • r_v_b_addict

      10 years ago

      yeah. more wingspace = more payload

    • r_v_b_addict

      10 years ago

      EPIC

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