Mendte: Women In Combat

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NEW YORK, NY. (KPLR) – In Washington this week, big news, women will soon be allowed in combat.  Larry Mendte says it’s a decision that caused one very controversial comment.

Ryan Zinke is a State Senator from Montana.

He made national news when he reacted to the new defense department directive that women will now serve in combat positions in the U.S. Military.

Zinke said women in combat is nearly certain to cost lives.

The reason a State Senator from Montana is getting so much attention for his comments is that Zinke is a former member of elite Seal Team Six, the team famous for killing Osama bin Laden.

While I have great respect and gratitude towards Senator Zinke, as I do for all men and women who served, I couldn`t disagree with him more.

You see women are already serving in combat.  And coming home wounded or not coming home at all because of fighting for this country.

It is just that legally combat duty cannot be on a woman`s resume.

And that keeps women from advancing in the military.  It is why there are no women generals.

Zinke says he is worried about the distraction on the front lines for the young men in uniform, - but if they get distracted in combat because there are women around, then we have bigger problems.

I do agree that the physical training and requirements can`t be altered for women.   If you want the job, you must be able to do the job because that may cost lives.

But I for one would like to see women in top jobs at the pentagon because I believe, that despite Zinke`s claim, a woman`s perspective at the top of the military food chain could save lives.