I have a few thing to show you before I give you my views on women in combat.
Sniper Roza Shanina, holding a 1891/30 Mosin–Nagant with the 3.5x PU scope. 1944. Shanina was a Soviet sniper during World War II, credited with 54 confirmed targets hit, including 12 snipers during the Battle of Vilnius
Female IDF Hero Who Shot and Killed Terrorist
"I didn't think twice. I jumped out of the hummer and did what had to be done. I ran under fire until I reached Netanel, but when I saw his condition, I told my commander there was nothing we could do to save him and we must move on," she said. "After we shot the terrorists I returned to the second wounded person, Mati, and I told him, 'Stay strong, you're a hero.'
At the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778, Mary Hays attended to the Revolutionary soldiers by giving them water. Just before the battle started, she found a spring to serve as her water supply. Two places on the battlefield are currently marked as the "Molly Pitcher Spring." Mary Hays spent much of the early day carrying water to soldiers and artillerymen, often under heavy fire from British troops.
The weather was hot, over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometime during the battle, William Hays collapsed, either wounded or suffering from heat exhaustion. It has often been reported that Hays was killed in the battle, but it is known that he survived.
As her husband was carried off the battlefield, Mary Hays took his place at the cannon. For the rest of the day, in the heat of battle, Mary continued to "swab and load" the cannon using her husband's ramrod. At one point, a British musket ball or cannon ball flew between her legs and tore off the bottom of her skirt. Mary supposedly said, "Well, that could have been worse," and went back to loading the cannon.
Later in the evening, the fighting was stopped due to gathering darkness. Although George Washington and his commanders expected the battle to continue the following day, the British forces retreated during the night and continued on to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. The battle was seen as a major victory for the Continental Army.
After the battle, General Washington asked about the woman whom he had seen loading a cannon on the battlefield. In commemoration of her courage, he issued Mary Hays a warrant as a non commissioned officer. Afterwards, she was known as "Sergeant Molly," a nickname that she used for the rest of her life.
~Woman worldwide and even here in America have put themselves in harms way. I feel like I have no business telling a woman who wants to fight that she can't. Equal rights should mean equal standards is the issue. I had the privlage of serving with woman as they first came abourd US Navy ships so I do have something to back my claim. Woman at that time had easier training and less strict grooming than males. I think if a Woman is big enough to fight with the boys she needs a haircut and the same standards a man has. I say awesome let the women fight but lets not lower any standards because that makes our Military weaker. Woman will not make our Military weaker lower standards will.