I am amazed that the ABC News poll showed 73 percent of Americans approve of women in combat. The idea of "equality" is one thing. The reality is something else.
The Inquirer's Page One carried a story of the Defense Department policy change. Page 5? Story about massive sexual abuse in the Air Force. And females reluctant to report it for fear of retaliation.
U.S. will be among a handul of countries to put women in combat, and not all permit direct combat. I don't "like" women in combat roles (which some are in now, I know) but I would insist on no dilution of the standards required for that role.
I know "combat" is what every military lifer wants and needs on his/her resume. That's something the military ought to re-think, because how much combat does a career officer see in a 30-year career? How about "excellence" as a standard, rather than combat?