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Women as Combat Troops

The Sound of Ideas
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 9:00am
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, with the backing of the joint chiefs of staff, has announced plans to lift a long-standing ban on military women in combat. It will, he says, "ensure that the mission is met with the best qualified and most capable people, regardless of gender." Critics say women are in for a rude awakening and worry that the dynamic of mixing genders could weaken fighting troops. What do you think? Join us tomorrow morning at 9:00 on The Sound of Ideas.


Victoria Barrientos, U.S. Army veteran
Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jessie Jane Duff (Ret.), Concerned Veterans of America
Peter Mansoor, chair, Military history, Ohio State University
Mirit Balkan, former sharpshooter, Israeli Defense Force

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