FORT EUSTIS, Va. (AP) -- Only a small fraction of Army women say they'd like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service's nearly 170,000 women.
That survey and others across the Army, publicly disclosed for the first time to The Associated Press, also revealed that soldiers of both genders are nervous about women entering combat jobs but say they are determined to do it fairly. Men are worried about losing their jobs to women; women are worried they will be seen as getting jobs because of their gender and not their qualifications. Both are emphatic that the Army must not lower standards to accommodate women.
Less than 8 percent of Army women who responded to the survey said they wanted a combat job. Of those, an overwhelming number said they'd like to be a Night Stalker - a member of the elite special operations helicopter crews who perhaps are best known for flying the Navy SEALS into Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011.
I guarantee that at least half of the 8 percent or so who said they wanted to be a Night Stalker would change their minds once they understood what being a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment entailed. "Night Stalkers" might sound sexy, but the job is dangerous as heck and guarantees long, unpredictable and often frequent deployments and missions that are unpleasant and dangerous.
But I predicted that once combat jobs were opened women, they will continue to stay away in droves. Why? Because they are not idiots.
There are many jobs that women will naturally gravitate to and infantry and other direct-combat, extremely physically-demanding jobs simply are not among them. Civilian experience in the job market shows that this is true, and not just in physical jobs. ...
That's just a fact and there is nothing all the liberals in the world are going to be able to do about it. So don't get the vapors, people. We are no more likely to see infantrywomen as we are to see women crewing crab boats on Deadliest Catch.