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Special forces opening to women; ‘days of Rambo are over,’ general says

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Air Force Brig. Gen. Gina M. Grosso, right, speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, to discuss women in combat. From right to left are: Grosso, Navy Rear Adm. Tony Kurta, Army Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, Marine Col. Jon Aytes, and Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Howard B. Bromberg. The military services announced their plans to break down the final barriers for women, opening up thousands of combat jobs including the elite Army Rangers and Navy SEAL.

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In a May 9, 2012, file photo, Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries a litter of sandbags during the Expert Field Medical Badge training at Fort Campbell, Ky.

WASHINGTON — A top general says cultural, social and behavioral concerns may be bigger hurdles than physical fitness requirements for women looking to move into the military's special operations units.

Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, director of force management for U.S. Special Operations Command, says "the days of Rambo are over."

He says he has seen women working alongside special operations teams in Afghanistan who met difficult physical requirements. But he says the commandos usually deploy as small teams, often with a dozen or fewer troops, in austere conditions for long periods of time.

He says he is more concerned about the men's reactions to having women in their ranks.

Military leaders are detailing plans to slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, although after studies some exception may be made.

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  1. They are nuts! What guy wants his safety compromised by political correctness gone crazy? Whether the screwballs on the left admit it or not, there are tremendous physical differences between men and women and to satisfy the leftists goofy agenda by deploying women in men's jobs is stunningly stupid! Every time I see a report such as this, I am reminded of the video I viewed years ago which featured a female applicant for a job as a fireman struggling to place a heavy ladder against a brick wall that had to be scaled in order to fight a fire. She was simply physically incapable of the task and it fell back her, knocking her on her pratt. Now, had this been an actual fire, with real firemen at risk, what do you think the result would have been? An unmitigated disaster, of course. Those morons advocating putting physically incapable women in perilous situations had better get their heads out of their butts or they should step up and volunteer to replace the men who will be opting out of serving the public, be it in the military, fire or police departments.

  2. Sorry, but if my life was on the line and I was wounded and needed to be shoulder carried quickly to safety....I would prefer Rambo over a female.