Female troops reshaping America’s military.

Image: http://mysynonym.com Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Barbara Cogburn of…

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Retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Barbara Cogburn of Oceanside is one of the nation’s more than 1.6 million female veterans who believe the ban prohibiting women from combat roles should be lifted.

“If a woman has the capability and can do the job, she should be allowed to do it,” said Cogburn, who served during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and march to Baghdad.

“I think it’s the public that’s more bothered by the notion of women being killed or tortured,” she said. “But horrible things happen every day in conflicts.”

Roughly half of the 151 U.S. servicewomen who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan died in what the Pentagon classifies as a “hostile” or combat incident, according to the website icasualties.org.

About 230,000 of the more than 2 million troops who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan are women.

Source: Mark Walker for NC Times.

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  • Savory

    I don’t know this guy but he is RIGHT!!!!

  • Devin Graves

    I disagree, it is not just the public that is or should be concerned about the horrific things that happen in war. It should be a concern of every woman that is in the armed forces. They should be concerned about the consequences of taking on a the true role of a man. Men were designed to be physically and emotionally strong and are more capable of surviving and fighting in a battlefield environment. Yes, horrific things happen in war every day; terrorists deliberately wait to shoot American soldiers in the face to counteract their body armor. Our soldiers are facing mines and IED’s that could blow them to pieces without warning. I have nothing against a woman serving her country; but from time immemorial, war has been the duty and the burden of men. In WW II the men of America went to war, fought and died, to protect their country, their homes, and their wives, mothers, and sisters from that war. Women should not be in a “hostile” situation where they could be very well killed. The man, designed to fight and kill should be the one. The men and leaders of America should be honorable and upright enough to ensure that no woman should ever be in a battle situation were she could be wounded, killed, or yes, captured and tortured. Just because it has become politically correct to allow women in the military does not mean that it is a moral or right decision.