Poll: 75% Of Americans Support Women In Combat
The Pentagon’s recently announced policy change that will eventually permit women to apply to combat assignments has broad support among the public:
American voters strongly back allowing women to serve in combat roles, a new poll finds.
According to a survey from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday, American voters support women serving in combat 75-22 percent. There was little breakdown along gender lines: Men support that measure 73-24 percent, and women say the same, 77-21 percent. The Pentagon last month decided to allow women to take on combat roles.
There was less robust support, however, for drafting women if an overall military draft were to be reinstated, with 52 percent of those surveyed favoring drafting females, and 42 percent opposing. Forty-eight percent of women opposed a draft that would hit females, while 45 percent supported such a move; men said that women should be drafted under those circumstances, 59-36 percent.
Personally, I’m opposed to a military draft both for philosophical reasons and because I think it’s clear that our nearly 40 year experience with a volunteer military indicates quite clearly that it is superior to a draftee force. Indeed, given the technical knowledge required of the average soldier today, it’s hard to see how we could have the kind of draft-train-and ship out routine that we had during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, unless it were on a much longer time scale. In any event, we do currently require all males over the age of 18 to register for the draft today. As long as that’s the case, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t extend that requirement to women. After all, not all draftees in the last ended up being combat soldiers.