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.”