RE: The Integrated Military

From: Emlyn O'regan (
Date: Sun Jan 20 2002 - 20:28:46 MST

> "Question #5: What has been the experience of nations that have mixed
> men and women in combat units?
> Answer: History shows that the presence of women has had a devastating
> impact on the effectiveness of men in battle. For example, it is a
> common misperception that Israel allows women in combat
> units. In fact,
> women have been barred from combat in Israel since 1950, when a review
> of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War showed how harmful their
> presence could be.
> The
> study revealed that men tried to protect and assist women rather than
> continue their attack. As a result, they not only put their
> own lives in
> greater danger, but also jeopardized the survival of the entire unit.
> The study further revealed that unit morale was damaged when men saw
> women killed and maimed on the battlefield. (Presidential
> Commission on
> the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces, International
> Trip Report,
> September 14-27, 1992.) "

It sounds like the men behave terribly erratically, and can't take the
environment of mixed gender combat units. Also, they do seem to be a
distraction to the women. Maybe it's not such a good idea to allow men in
combat roles, given this?


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