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their armies to be the best, most professional and most dominating in the battlefield. Countries pump in tons of money from their budgets on defense. One key debate has been is the induction of women in the infantry and other combat units of the armed forces. Feminists claim that they can be as good as men or even better than men in most civilian fields and in that case there needs to be no second thoughts on inducting women in the combat units of the armed forces. Women today serve in non-combat roles in the military such as the medical services, judicial services, accounts and research. And this is true for most of the armed forces where women are allowed to serve. It should be clearly understood that the combat units are the people who do the actual fighting, especially the infantry. This is where the highest risk is. They form the backbone of the armed forces. The fighting, the training, the killing, all of it, happens here in the infantry. And let us face it, the infantry is no domain for a woman. First of all, a woman’s body structure is not made for combat. Women ARE physically weaker than men. Soldiers on the battlefield require a strong physique such that the soldier is able to perform certain essential tasks like picking up a wounded soldier during battle, being able to lift heavy loads and fight with the same heavy load etc. The training for a male in the infantry cannot be applied to a female. The training for the infantry is pretty rigorous and women cannot do this training because their bodies are unable to take the heavy stress which is associated with such rigorous training. Various armies have conducted research on women joining the infantry. Many physical tests were conducted and recorded and in the end they all point to the same thing : WOMEN ARE NOT PHYSICALLY CAPABLE OF HANDLING THE FIGHTING. Women do not perform as good as men in the battlefield. It is a disadvantage having females in the battlefield alongside men as men would try to make the protection of their female colleagues as a priority and eventually the women turn out to be a distraction. The real problem lies when a woman would be captured and be made a Prisoner-of-War. Time and again, research has proved that women are easier to break during interrogations. Women
simply do not have the endurance to stand horrific torture at the hands of the enemy. The enemy may not take into consideration that the soldier is a woman and may inflict maximum amount of torture on the female P.O.W. If this becomes the case, then the women may leak sensitive information to the enemy and put the armed forces into further jeopardy. When a female P.O.W is taken, it can be almost certain that she could get raped and probably even murdered. Their safety is not even guaranteed when they are not fighting the enemy. They could face sexual harassments and rape by male colleagues. These men are away from their families for long and it is understandable that they would have accumulated a large amount of sexual frustration and dissatisfaction and they may try to vent all of it on the next available females which here happen to be their female colleagues. Extra psychological training is needed to get females over the guilt of killing enemies as well as to bear separation. This translates to higher cost of training per soldier and it takes much more time for them to actually become fully fledged soldiers into battle and it does NOT guarantee that they would do their best in the battlefield. So it is a risky investment without a guarantee which any government in the world would not want to take. We simply cannot have separate facilities and training for women. That would mean a not-upto-mark army. And as we all know having something like that is a great strategic blunder. Not only, that, investing a high amount on each woman is an unwise investment as women usually would want to leave the army soon to get married and bear children. This would mean a big waste of resources of the government and investments gone completely wasted. Therefore, women should not be inducted into the infantry and other combat units of the armed forces as not only are they a strategic blunder, but they also could turn out to be a financial and economic liability to the nation as well.