Will All Combat Jobs Really Be Open To Women? Probably Not.
Once word leaked the Department of Defense would be ending its policy of excluding women directly from combat, combat jobs, and combat units, a debate immediately began to rage over the change. Here are just some of the comments from some notable people were immediately against the idea:
“We in America don’t send our daughters to the front lines” – Mark Levin
“This is the misconceived liberal progressive vision of fairness and equality which could potentially lead to the demise of our military.” – Former Rep. Allen West
You can also search Twitter for some of the other arguments being made against the announcement. Some of the more common ones I’ve seen are about physical fitness standards or asking if it’s moral or right to do this.
Here’s the thing: everyone needs to pump their brakes. Here’s why:
The officials cautioned, however, that “not every position will open all at once on Thursday.” Once the policy is changed, the Department of Defense will enter what is being called an “assessment phase,” in which each branch of service will examine all its jobs and units not currently integrated and then produce a timetable for integrating them.
So it’s not like all combat jobs are being opened up for women today, right? But wait, there’s even more:
“It will take a while to work out the mechanics in some cases. We expect some jobs to open quickly, by the end of this year. Others, like special operations forces and infantry, may take longer,” a senior defense official explained. Panetta is setting the goal of January 2016 for all assessments to be complete and women to be integrated as much as possible.
The Pentagon has left itself some wiggle room, however, which may ultimately lead to some jobs being designated as closed to women. A senior defense official said if, after the assessment, a branch finds that “a specific job or unit should not be open, they can go back to the secretary and ask for an exemption to the policy, to designate the job or unit as closed.”
The official said the goal remains to open as many jobs as possible. “We should open all specialties to the maximum extent possible to women. We know they can do it.”
See what they’re doing? Phrases like “as much as possible” and “to the extent possible” lay the groundwork for keeping some of these jobs closed to women. Something that the official quoted in that article freely admits could happen and I’m pretty sure some, if not most, of them will remain closed to women when all is said and done.
They might open very few jobs to women, maybe they open a bunch. Who knows? I think the best idea is to wait and see what they are actually talking about doing before deciding it’s just all around horrible idea and may mean to end to America’s military might. But that’s just me.