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Pentagon To Allow Women To Train For Navy SEALs, Army Rangers (Video)

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Women As Navy SEALS

The Pentagon is scheduled to announce a plan today that would allow women to train for military special forces units like the Navy SEALs and the Army Rangers.

The plan, obtained by the Associated Press, makes thousands of combat jobs open to women who meet the physical and mental standards for those jobs.

Women would be able to begin training for the Army Ranger program by mid-2015, and the Navy SEALs program in 2016.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said earlier this year, according to the New York Times, that banning women from certain combat jobs has added to a sexually hostile environment for females in the military:

“I believe it’s because we’ve had separate classes of military personnel, at some level. Now, you know, it’s far more complicated than that, but when you have one part of the population that is designated as warriors and another part that’s designated as something else, I think that disparity begins to establish a psychology that in some cases led to that environment. I have to believe, the more we can treat people equally, the more likely they are to treat each other equally.”

What do you think of allowing women to train for the SEALs and Rangers? Have your say in our comments section!

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Alex_Grebenshchikov | June 18, 2013 at 10:51 a.m. ― 1 year, 6 months ago

"banning women from certain combat jobs has added to a sexually hostile environment for females in the military"
Special forces? Good luck ladies.
Well, I don't see how banning women has made the environment more sexually hostile. How do they know this? Or rather, how do they know that bringing more women in will make the environment less sexually hostile. It seems that if you have a group of already sexually hostile men, then adding more women to the mix will only be giving the men more fuel to burn. I expect to hear about an increase in military sexual misconduct over the coming years.
As for the special forces, these men are alpha male warriors. They have to be. The last thing they need during intense military deployments is sexual distraction by female counterparts, if the women are even able to keep up with the toughest, most elite men in America. And if standards end up being lowered for women in the future, then say farewell to the status America holds as the leading military power of the world.
Great idea Pentagon, let us see what happens...

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