One female comedian writes,
“We now have women in the military, but the army won’t put them on the front lines. And the reason? They don’t know if they can fight and kill. I say yes they can and here’s all that has to be done to prove my point. Have a general walk over to our lady soldiers and say, ‘See the enemy over there, they say you look fat in your uniforms.’ Believe me, that will do the trick.”
This year, for the first time in American history, female soldiers can now join their male counterparts on the front lines of war. The Pentagon instituted the change and it is viewed in the United States as a major step forward in the equality of the genders. But here the Yankees are far behind the Cannucks. In this country, women have been able to fight alongside men for over twenty-two years. This was the result of the Canadian Human Rights Act of 1989. (The only exception was no women in submarines, but that also changed in 2011.) But both nations, Canada and America, are a distant second and third to the Israelis. In Israel, Jews of both sexes have been serving side by side as the bullets fly since 1948. In fact, young people there, at the age of 18, must enlist in the Israeli army (two years for women, three years for men) before going on to college or their career. And when you visit the Promised Land, it is very common to see many young ladies in military outfits with rifles strapped over their shoulders.
The movement of women into combat roles has not been without its various problems. First, there are the physical requirements. For instance, to qualify for service on the front line you must be able to do 40 push-ups. But ladies applying for combat duty could only do less than half that total. This is because females have 50% of the upper body strength, 37% of the large muscles, and 66% of the lung capacity, of men. So the numbers have now been made gender sensitive. Second, are the social ramifications. Men is combat do not die for their mission or their country, they lay down their lives for each other. This is due to the fact that they become a band of brothers. But by nature, male soldiers treat a female soldier more like a sister than a brother. They become protective in ways like: helping to carry their gear, guarding their privacy in daily routines, keeping them back from dangerous reconnaissance missions, etc. Third, there are the sensual tensions. Perhaps the biggest reason for keeping women from the front was the fear of their being captured by the enemy and then sexually abused. But women who do serve in the military will tell you that in this area their greatest battle by far has been with the inappropriate advances from their own fellow soldiers. Statistically, for every 10 ladies who enter the armed forces, one will be going home in the first year due to pregnancy out-of-wedlock.
The bottom line? In the Bible, men not women, did the combat fighting, The classic case of this being Deborah and Barak in Judges 4:4-7. However, at the same time, women did show great combat courage when called upon, such as Jael with Sisera in Judges 4:15-22.
Note – Why is it the same feminists who say a woman is equal to a man on the foreign battle field demand laws for protecting women from domestic violence at home?