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The wrong role
IS THE idea to permit women to be deployed as frontline soldiers more to do with the Government bowing to the equality lobby rather than looking at the logistics?
Please don’t misunderstand my unease. I am an ardent supporter of women. I believe women can do virtually any job men can do, with few exceptions.
We have women flying the big jets, fighter aircraft, helicopters, driving 44-ton “artics”, running massive corporations and commanding Royal and Merchant Navy ships. The list is virtually endless.
None of these jobs entails brute strength. It’s only when hard, physical- work, such as heavy digging, is carried out, that the male of the species would have to be used, rather than women.
However, I don’t think letting women fight would be right.
Action situations would have to be taken into account and in a situation of grave danger the men would, instinctively, do their best to protect the women in their unit, which could hamper their ability to fight the enemy.
Then there would be the “decency” facet. There would have to be separate toilet facilities, which would be difficult to set up.
Frontline fighting is not the place for women.
Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge, York.