Linda Maye Adams

Soldier, Storyteller

Miss USA on Women in Combat


Miss USA has largely become of those events that time has passed by, but still hangs around. But the winner of last night’s event was a military reservist.  When she was asked about women in combat, this is what she said:

“As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate to every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men,” she said to lots of cheers from the crowd. “As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated. And it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”

I don’t have an opinion on women in combat one way or another, other than if the doors had been opened to the infantry while I was in the service, I wouldn’t have volunteered.  However, there was something inherently wrong with the old system.  Combat was always ranked higher in importance, and soldiers got more awards—and promotion opportunities—for it.

But honestly, it all boils down to this:

If you have two people on the same incident involving guns, artillery, and things blowing up do the same things to save lives, there’s something wrong with giving one of those people medals and recognition and telling the other person, “Sorry, women aren’t allowed in combat, so it doesn’t count.”

2 Comments

  1. Lisa

    I kind of think the military is missing out on a valuable resource, not using women in all areas. There are women throughout history and all over the world who were incredible snipers. Personally, now…I wouldn’t volunteer for any sort of combat duty, but I may have when I was young & stupid!

    There are a couple days each month that I would be a killing machine if someone handed me a gun and told me that someone over there kicked a kitten or something. 😀

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    • Not to mention this example which came from a military man: If you have two officers, one who is a poor leader and may put lives and danger and one who is an awesome leader you’d follow anywhere, why would you put the poor leader in charge simply because he is a man?

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