Change would erode military, set women on brutal course

The decision by the secretary of defense to expand the roles of women in the military to include more direct combat exposure is a disaster, and will contribute to the erosion of our military strength and readiness. Anyone who promotes or endorses this idea, or believes it will benefit our military and enhance its capability in any way, is naive, even delusional. Unfortunately, as with other recent policy changes regarding personnel issues, we will soon begin to witness dreadful negative consequences from this weakening and loss of effectiveness in our military.

The feminists who pushed for this policy change have not done women in our country any favors either. Coming next will most likely be a mandatory Selective Service registration requirement for all women 18 to 25, as we have now with men.

Our military exists to maintain peace and destroy evil, sometimes in a very brutal way. At some point in the near future, it’s safe to say that sensible women in our country will begin to realize that the kitchen is not such a bad place after all.

Michael Barton


The writer is a retired Marine.