DefiantCdr said:Another point that I though was very valid is the fact that female bodies are built differently then male bodies, and there's a very good reason for this. The way it has always been explained to me, is that thousands of years ago when humans were much more primitive, the women would care for the children and the men would protect the family group. If a predator were to come into the camp, the men would defend it while the women would carry as many children to safety as they could. It only makes sense that men would be better suited to hand- to- hand combat, because their bodies were designed that way. I don't think that the issue here is women's rights, I think it is about doing what is best for the military, and the country as a whole.
Even if that would be the problem, I mean, women being "weaker" then mean.. But isn't the army about honor and love for your own country? If a women doesn't qualify to carry this and that much.. But she can still be of value and I believ that the more soldiers a country has the more defence it can provide. So why not use the women for something else and let the ones who do qualify go to the field?
Trust me that the ones who has been knowing me on this military forum doesn't really recognise me for patriotism and supporting military. But I guess I can change my side for once..
..As I see it, being a soldier is both a job and a dedication to serve the country you live in. I am aware that some choose this as profession and I respect that so don't take me wrong here. If I was to join up in the swedish military, I wouldn't do it for just the sake of it. I would see it as my duty to protect my fellow friends that do live in this country. To protect my own children and family as well but the most important thing is; I do it for my country. Since when has the prooud part of being a military been about who can do it and not? I at least believe it's about serving your country and defending it with every little piece of yourself that you got. The only thing I'm against is letting kids have weapons.. (Poor ones.. )
But I do not see a difference in the patriotic ways of a women or a man. I believe it's the same. I am also aware that not all does even qualify for the military. But the ones who do fit the standards should be able to achieve everything they can. Even if it would mean that a woman would be out in the field. Some speak about dying for your country on the field, I do not see the difference in that if the bullet would lie within a man's heart or a woman's heart.
I do am aware of how different we women are in or shape and build. But it's 2006 and most countries has the military that they need. So why not take one single step forward and expand the military even more? We are not always as innocent as we look and we do not only give birth to your children and cook dinner. We can provide with alot more then that. But when will we be given the chance when others close the door to be out there, to fight, to defend?