The Political Fight Over Combat

“A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp.” John Piper is correct in calling into question a guy’s manhood if he is willing to support women in combat. But it is interesting that this man-shaming (finally a correct outlet for that term) is coming to surface in light of women’s conscription (i.e. the draft) and “combat roles” being opened to women.

Chelsen Vicari wrote an article pleading to the leaders in the Christian community to defend the sanctity of a woman’s role. While I mostly agree with Chelsen, I would like to add to the argument a vital yet missing side of the coin.

While women soldiers in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars were never in combat MOS’ (military occupation specialty), approximately 208 women died. If these women were not in combat, how did they die?

As regulars to this blog know me, I was in the military and police force. Being a Christian, I was staunch in the view that women (to include myself) should not occupy a combat MOS (like infantry). So, I became an analyst, sitting at a desk. I signed my life away for eight years at the needs (i.e. whims) of the Army. I soon was headed out to…wait for it… B.C.T.

Basic. Combat. Training.

While there, we learned how to function within a military unit. We learned hand to hand combat, we physically trained, we learned how to shoot rifles, and guys wrestled girls. We went through a gas chamber, slept out in the field, learned infantry tactics, ruck marched, got yelled at, did more pushups and sit-ups. So much for a non-combat job.

In my naivete, I never put two and two together.

Chelsen, like the majority of Christians in the U.S., makes the following plea to be against women being drafted: It is forcing women to go to war. Chelsen writes, “Women have important roles to fill in the military, but women also play vital roles in the home. Forcing young mothers, daughters, and our sisters to register for Selective Service would be a tragic mistake.” Why would it be a tragic mistake to force young mothers from the home? Wouldn’t it be as tragic for men to be forced to leave their families as well?*

Moving on in Chelsen’s article she adds, “We support and thank them (women) for their sacrifices.” Chelsen goes on to say that women fill a vital role in military — but the fact is, they don’t. I am not going to be politically correct. The military survived just fine without women serving side by side with the men. In the process, manhood has been undermined and the lines have been blurred on what it means to be