Some jobs have sex-spe­cific needs

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - BERNARD L. MORN­INGSTAR Ijamsville, Mary­land

I re­cently read in The Washington Times that Navy Sec­re­tary Ray Mabus has called for the Marine Corps to open com­bat jobs to women (“Ray Mabus, Navy sec­re­tary, wants Marine Corps in­fantry and spe­cial oper­a­tions open to women,” Web, Sept. 2). I am a vet­eran who was lucky enough to have been born at a time that ren­dered me too young for World War II and Korea and too old for ev­ery war since. My youngest son, how­ever, led a cav­alry unit in the Gulf War.

I do re­mem­ber World War II and Korea. I re­mem­ber the Nor­mandy land­ings, the Marines land­ing at Tarawa and the des­per­ate Bat­tle of the Bulge. I don’t know whether Sec­re­tary Mabus is a vet­eran or whether he has seen the films of dead, bloated young Marines rolling around in the surf on in­va­sion beaches, pic­tures of sol­diers liv­ing in frozen fox holes with rags wrapped around thier feet and heads, or Marines fight­ing their way up the side of Mount Surabachi with flame throw­ers strapped to their backs. Then there is the ques­tion of hy­giene and other per­sonal rquire­ments in the field, which are nu­mer­ous and ob­vi­ous.

I re­al­ize there is now a short­age of men volunteering to en­list in the armed ser­vices, and we can thank our politi­cians for that. I am also fully aware that there are nu­mer­ous jobs that can be more than ad­e­quately per­formed by young women. How­ever, af­ter 77 years of liv­ing on this Earth and wit­ness­ing the events that have oc­curred dur­ing my life­time, I am ab­so­lutely cer­tain that when girls are com­plet­ing the U.S. Army Ranger School train­ing course, some­thing is whacko.

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