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Campus supports women in combat

Alison Rodriguez
Staff Writer

The Pentagon says women have been barred from roughly 237,000 military positions over our country’s history.

Now the tables have turned and they have begun to look to qualified women to fill these roles.

Based on 15 separate interviews, students at La Verne feel this is long overdue.

The general vibe ebbing from the student populace is that everyone should have an equal opportunity to serve their country as they see fit – meaning that women should be allowed to serve on the front lines.

According to statistics from Women In Military Service For American Memorial Founda­tion, as of Sept. 2011, women made up approximately 14.6 percent of all active duty service personnel.

“Women should have as much opportunity as men to serve their country if they want to,” freshman business major Matthew Chang said.

Women have only been recently allowed in the military for active combat, after the ban was lifted earlier this January.

History shows a woman’s role in wars usually focus around nursing and providing supplies for soldiers out in the field.

“They should have the choice to, people shouldn’t shun them if they really want to do it. It’s their right as Americans,” freshman business major Wesly Tan said.

However, there are those who stray from that mob mentality.

“I don’t think it’s part of a woman’s role in society,” freshman photo major Emily Bieker said. “They’re the caretakers. If that’s the only way they can provide for their families, then that is OK.”

Another topic was brought to attention after discussing women’s active role in the military: women in a draft.

The response was not as uniform as the previous discussion.

“As an American it’s your full right to be included to fight for your country,” freshman political science major Nathan Silerio said.

“However women should be last, along with the elderly and the young,” he said.

“Women shouldn’t be included in the draft, we need them to reproduce,” Chang said. “Men are supposed to protect women,”

“They have never been drafted by any other country in the world, so why should they be drafted here?” freshman political science major Barron Omega said. “There is no historical precedence for it.”

“They are the more nurturing family figure. You lose that and you lose an essential component of the family,” Omega said.

“I think women should be included in the draft as long as they don’t have families,” junior art major Danelle Assanelli said.

With so many different perspectives on the drafting issue it was difficult to form a precise consensus on the issue.

Overall it seemed that students were hesitant to agree to draft women into the military, if there was a draft at all.

Whether one agrees with the female involvement in active combat or not, the reality of it all is that it is inevitable.

The ban has been lifted, and now women are free to choose whether or not they wish to serve on the front lines.

Alison Rodriguez can be reached at alison.rodriguez2@laverne.edu.

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