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Woman veteran disagrees with integrating women into combat roles

Local veteran disagrees with integrating women into combat roles Local veteran disagrees with integrating women into combat roles
Normandy Myers was a Navy nurse in the Korean War and has seen firsthand the effects of being on the front lines. Normandy Myers was a Navy nurse in the Korean War and has seen firsthand the effects of being on the front lines.

Women will soon take on more combat roles in the military such as infantry and field artillery, according to an announcement by the Department of Defense.

“The Department of Defense has given the guidance that full implementation of incorporating women into every possible aspect of career field should occur by Jan. 1, 2016,” said Maj. Tammy Spicer with the Missouri National Guard.

Normandy Myers was a Navy nurse in the Korean War and has seen firsthand the effects of being on the front lines.

“I don’t approve of it myself,” Myers said. “I don’t know if I’d like to be in a fox hole with another woman. I’d want to be carried out if I got injured.”

However, Spicer says this change will help open doors for women who want to explore these roles as careers.

"Changing these policies of allowing women in combat positions is just a natural step to allow expanded opportunities for females and getting commanders the best possible candidates for their jobs," Spicer said.

Some roles, like the Navy’s Riverine force will be open to women as soon as this year. However, military officials say more studies are needed before determining if or when women can begin training as Army Rangers and Navy SEALs.

Men and women will have to meet the same rigorous physical and mental requirements for frontline battle positions.

The military could continue to keep women out of certain combat roles if research and testing show not enough women could succeed.

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