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Integration of women in combat fails
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
by Martin Barillas
In an interview with Channel radio in Israel, Israeli Colonel Raz Sagi said, “Integrating women into combat units was a decisive failure.” Sagi said that the results of decades of experience shows that the incidence of injuries demonstrates that Israel’s deployment of women in combat is a failure. “The IDF made a study that proved that the experiment of women in combat units failed and then ignores its own study continuing the study as if the previous experiment was successful.”
Israel Defense Force studies show that women’s injuries are 46% alone in training and routine security deployment. Injuries include broken legs, blown knees, collapsed cervix, and more.
Yoav Limor asked if the IDF is lying to the Israeli public about the issue. Col. Sagi responded, “They’re not giving us the data on purpose” while describing it as “something very serious.”
Sagi said, “The supreme test of the IDF is in the battlefield and not in how they promote equal rights.” He added, “I’m not the one who says this, IDF studies show this.”
Sagi explained, “As far as the Air Force the selection process for women is working. In the 16 and a half years of attempting integration, five women succeeded in passing and becoming pilots. However, in the field divisions it’s a totally different picture, where 46% of women are injured in training and routine security activities alone. Fractures from walking, fractured knees and collapsed cervixes… The threshold was lowered four times until the department of operational fitness found the women’s threshold went below the level for battle operations. This is a physical failure.”
Sagi also pointed out that from a military standpoint there is a problem of immodesty that develops from integrating women into the IDF which Sagi calls “distractions.” Host Limor objected to Sagi’s conclusion about the mixing of the sexes on the battlefield.
Female soldiers suffered double the rate of injuries suffered by their male counterparts in combat training for the U.S. Army, including work in field artillery and repairing Bradley fighting vehicles.
The statistic was obtained by the Center for Military Readiness, a research group that opposes putting women in the direct land combat in infantry, armor, artillery and special operations units.
Currently, the Defense department is gripped by news that Marines distributed covertly obtained nude photos of female Marines and distributed them online. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee, telling lawmakers on Tuesday that the Marine Corps "has a problem, and we intend to fix it." (March 14) AP
Angry members of the Senate Armed Services Committee told him that the military has not done enough to address sexual assault and harassment in the ranks. “This committee has heard these kinds of statements before,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a newly elected New Hampshire Democrat. “It’s hard to believe something is really going to be done,” she said. “Why should we believe it’s going to be different this time than it has in the past?” Fellow Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said  “If we can’t crack Facebook, how are we supposed to be able to confront Russian aggression and cyber-hacking throughout our military? It is a serious problem when we have members of our military denigrating female Marines who will give their life for this country in the way they have with no response from leadership.”
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has launched an official investigation into the Marine Corps online photo scandal. The Army, Navy and Air Force have said they are looking into it. The services will have a chance to face fire from the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel on March 21. 

Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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