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Do Women in Ground Combat Weaken or Strengthen National Security?

“Does introducing females into ground combat units increase the efficiency, lethality of those units without any jeopardy to the American life?” This question was asked by Heather Mac Donald, fellow at Manhattan Institute, in a segment on Bold TV.

Mac Donald used research by the Marine Corps comparing gender-integrated units with male-only combat units on various tasks in her oped for The Wall Street Journal about why she thinks women shouldn’t be allowed in ground combat.

Mac Donald told Bold TV: “Almost across the board, the gender-integrated units performed below average. The task that should concern us the most is that the gender-integrated units were slower in evacuating casualties.”

Kate Germano, retired Lt. Col. of the Marine Corps, joined Mac Donald on Bold to explain why she disagreed with Mac Donald’s points. Germano said,”You can’t use the way the Marine Corps has recruited and trained women for 30, 40 years and not look at how low their standards have been for women all that time.”

Germano continued: “If we’re going to have women in ground combat, we need to make sure that we’re recruiting the highest caliber, strongest, most fit women and men so that when the challenges come, they can face those challenges and win.”

Do you think women should be allowed in ground combat?

Watch segment above or on our Facebook page.

Photo Credit: Army.mil

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