perhaps you have misunderstood. it's not exactly a secret what is going on overseas. we are saturated with violent images on the television and internet all day long.
*** actually i do disagree with you on this. in my opinion the scenes of battle are kept from us. we get tiny glimpses only and then rarely. i don't have cable tv and i pretty much never see any violent images from the wars.
you state unlikely, but i've seen first hand that this is not the case at all. it is very likely that bad things could happen to any soldier who is captured.
*** yes unlikely. when one looks at the history of our pows in all our wars mass gang rape of our pows has not been a factor for any large number of male pows.
i once listened to a woman from bosnia who came to speak at our vfw hall. she described being kept as a "breeder" by serbs and being forced to deliver three babies fathered by serb soldiers. that isn't a risk male soldiers run.
again, women are already experiencing combat, they are just not doing so with a combat mos.
*** ya, i know.
it makes little difference what your mos is in these situations. so, the only reasons i can see for keeping women (who are well informed) from combat mos roles are our underlying feelings about traditional gender roles?
*** i am all for women serving in any capacity they desire and are qualified for, even the combat arms mos's.
this is no different than the homosexual issue that is being debated, or the racial inequality that occurred in years past. we are denying what i consider a fundamental and important concept based on our feelings about gender.
*** it will be interesting to see the reaction (should this come to pass) of our male soldiers to killed, wounded and maimed young women. even more interesting will be the reaction of the public.