Report: Women should be allowed in combat units

By Uriel Sinai, Getty Images A female soldier from the mixed-sex battalion, Karakal, is in action during training near the Israeli-Egyptian border on Dec. 14, 2010.

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Women should finally be allowed to serve fully in combat, a military advisory panel said Friday in a report seeking to dismantle the last major area of discrimination in the armed forces.

Opponents of putting women in combat question whether they have the necessary strength and stamina. They also have said the inclusion of women in infantry and other combat units might harm unit cohesion, a similar argument to that made regarding gays. And they warn Americans won’t tolerate large numbers of women coming home in body bags. Those arguments have held sway during previous attempts to lift the ban.”

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