There is currently a great deal of discussion surrounding women on the battlefield.
Being someone who has served in the military for 8 years and fought in two conflicts along side women I have seen no reason to deny women an equal opportunity in the military.
On the other side of the coin there are women who perform above par and there are women who perform below par on physical fitness.
A great example, of the competency of women on the battlefield, is Pvt.
Jessica Lynch, who was captured along with her unit in Iraq in the current war.
This nineteen year old women fought along with her fellow soldiers when they were ambushed after taking a wrong turn during an operation. with a broken arm and two broken legs, was rescued from an Iraqi hospital.
Also, banning women from the combat hurts their military careers.
Although women account for only ten percent of the enlisted personnel they are still a major part in the armed forces.
I have been in combat situations and have had female soldiers in my unit and I have never witnessed or heard of any situation where a leadership decision was made due to an emotional feeling about the female soldiers.
I could easily pose the question of homosexuals in the military and ask if anyone would feel that this would pose a problem in decision making for male soldiers.