The latest Rasmussen Report shows that 54% Favor Full Combat Role for Women in Military.
A national telephone survey finds that 22% of Likely U.S. Voters incorrectly believe that women in the military are already allowed to fight on the front lines and perform all the combat roles that men do. Fifty-six percent (56%) recognizing that this is not true.
The Pentagon took a small step recently when it announced that women would be formally permitted in crucial and dangerous jobs closer to the front lines. But it stopped short of officially allowing women to serve in combat.
The new rules keep in place a ban on women serving in the infantry, in combat tank units and in Special Operations commando units.
Women in Iraq and Afghanistan have served in combat as attachments to infantry foot patrols, and in many cases they have come under fire and fought back. More than 140 women in the American military have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Nearly 15 percent of the nation’s 1.5 million active duty military personnel are women, and more than 255,000 women have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Men in infantry patrols sometimes carry as much as 100 pounds of gear and have to be strong enough to carry a fellow soldier or Marine off the battlefield.
Apparently, a majority of Americans now believe women should be placed in harms way, in the heat of battle. Many, however, still believe it would compromise the effectiveness and safety of American fighting forces.
What do you think?