This last week, Private Erika Lopez made news when she went AWOL–her disappearance was noted after failing to return to training following orders to go on convalescent leave. Lopez was one of the first women to volunteer as a combat engineer and did ultimately turn herself in. Though the reasons for her specific, sporadic and brief disappearing act are unclear, her role as a woman in combat training has once again reignited the debate regarding women in combat. Regardless of whether Lopez went AWOL because of personal or health issues, the timing related to combat training raises more questions and concerns about women fighting in combat zones.
The Military Should Be A PC-Free Zone
Let’s face it: for decades, science, physiology and military expertise all collectively make the case against women fighting in combat zones. Yet despite this, politicians and even military “experts” in the United States continued to push this agenda until they won, purely to pat themselves on the back for being politically correct. Political correctness has run rampant in virtually every cultural and political arena as of late and many times it’s simply not worth the fight. However, the military is the last place political correctness should have any influence or authority. The job of the members of our military is to keep our country safe from hostile enemies foreign or domestic, finis. No excuses, but razor-like focus on safety and only safety, at all costs.
(Most) Women Can’t Handle Combat
Despite feminists, over the course of the last few decades, maintaining with vigor that women are equal (if not superior) to men in many ways, science demonstrates the opposite, at least as far as pure physiology goes. A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that men had an average of 26 lbs. (12 kilograms) more skeletal muscle mass than women and that they had more upper and lower body strength. This is irrefutable. This also matters in a combat zone. Former Army National Guard member, and winner of the Purple Heart had this to say about the differences between men and women in combat:
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