Army Guy Posted November 19, 2022 Author Report Share Posted November 19, 2022 3 hours ago, Zeitgeist said: I agree basically. If women can meet the standards, fair enough. However, I think that in a real combat tour, say in Afghanistan, the impact of a female soldier being caught by the enemy is not one that most rational people would accept — rape, etc. I think the main purpose of a military is to protect women and children. and I think most male soldiers would expend a lot of energy and time protecting female soldiers in combat. I think the stress and loneliness would be hard to manage and make it easy for lines to be crossed professionally. I guess it’s a question of how many resources and how much risk you want to want to put forth to meet an equity goal because some women can meet the standard. I think this and the inevitable MeToo “he said she said” are causing all sorts of grief and litigation. Conscientious leaders are wringing their hands publicly and being called sexist dinosaurs, etc. The military doesn’t need this. I know deep down that if Canada was in a serious big war, much of the woke rhetoric would disappear, but unfortunately we wouldn’t have a military ready for battle, not really. We’ll of course carry on down this path, giving key posts to people I wouldn’t trust to defend my dog because sexism. The other major issue I see is this constant attempt to do everything on the cheap We get rid of divisions and lose the expertise or we pretend to still have the capacity by buying broken used equipment like subs. When the government finally decides to procure the state of the art, the next government cancels it and taxpayers pay a penalty. This is true from aircraft to ships. I don’t believe any promises about icebreakers, helicopters, new fighter jets, or much else until the work is complete. Look when i first joined the military, i had no time for women in any military trade, they were distractions, waste of training opportunities. and when the country started experimenting with women in the army, i hated the idea even more. the women they had picked the women for this trail were not even army material becasue they (HQ)wanted it to fail. that was over 40 years ago, and most women serving now have found their stride and are as good or better than their male counter parts. granted there are some shi* pumps, both female and male. Todays military women mostly populate the admin or logistics branch's with a good sampling in the air force. Afghanistan was a different conflict their where no front lines, anything outside the gate of your camp was hostile, with some of our worst casualties coming right at the main gate with a suicide bomber jumping on the hood of an open-air Iltis. My point is everyone in uniform had to take turns going on logistical runs, including full colonels. sex had no preference; a soldier was a soldier. With all that said, not many nations had soldiers captured, mostly due to the nature of how we operated in large formations. And the amount of fire power one had at their fingertips, ie fighters and artillery could respond within minutes and change the bad guy's world for good. Rape is all about control, and it works just as well on men as it does women, in fact i think it would work better on men, as it is not something we have ever been confronted with in normal life, well not many A type personalities of soldiers anyways. So it would devastate them. Women that have earned their spot to be in the Infantry or whatever combat arms position, have made it clear, they don't want anyone fussing over them, they know what the job is, and if you get in their way, they'll cut your balls off. there are dozens of female infanteers , both in the ranks or as officers so far most have earned, they're places alongside the men, don't get me wrong there are shi* pumps in every job. but they are normally weeded out before they can do harm. Being in combat operations is exhausting, working 20 hours a day is common, working days at a time is normal, now if you can think about being lonely or sex in-between those times, you're a better man than me. But anything is possible, there are more cases of camp romances in the main camps or rear areas. But outside the wire, well you get a full shower maybe once every 2 weeks, the rest it's a one-liter bottle of water to take a bird bath, brush your teeth ,wash your pits, and balls, and treat your sand flea bites "IF" there is enough water, water is for drinking mostly not washing. it was plus 50 in the shade...now if you can get turned on with all that happening, you're the man. Not going to lie there are some that have jumped on this me-too movement bring up sexual assault accusations 35 years after the fact. but i think that is in any profession. And your right they are putting people in positions based on wall charts, which have to balance color, religion, creed, etc... so ya there are a good chunk that are not best qualified for the job. Not sure when this became a Canadian trait, but it is alive and well, Canadian taxpayers don't care how much the government spends, look at the Ship building program, it has gone up form 15 bil to 90 bil and nobody is screaming for a cancelation. Subs are one examples, our new LAV 6.0 we cut our LAV III in half put a new LAV 6.0 bottom on and rewelding them back together, we never touched anything on the top half, all to save money, but not lives. Same as our tanks we purchased 90 plus tanks, but we only have 40 tanks that are combat ready, LeoIIA4M, and LEO IIa6M the others are old obsolete LeoIIa4 training tanks. All of these choices are political, and none of the people making them have any experience with the military. It like sending your wife to the hardware store to pick out your tolls,or having your husband picking out your cooking utensils. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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