WOMEN IN HARM’S WAY

WOMEN IN HARM’S WAY: Joyce Howard Price reflects on female soldiers being taken prisoner and the Clinton-era policy that makes it more likely.

I strikes me that the more relevant question is whether women should serve in the military at all. If they should, then there can be no justification for a “rule” that treats them differently than their male cohorts. The purpose of a military is to fight wars; any soldiers that aren’t fully deployable are not only worthless but dangerous. The old adage is “we train like we fight.” If we train with female soldiers and then fight without them, the units will be far worse off, as they will either be shorthanded or given a last-minute male replacement.

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.