A British report has delivered a bombshell that could influence the debate on women in combat. The report becomes public as a January 2016 deadline for services to request exemptions from the Obama Administration’s policy to open ground combat roles to women approaches.
According to a report by the Washington Times, the report by the Ministry of Defense, done this past December, stated that opening ground combat roles to women would likely have detrimental effects in combat effectiveness and possibly unit cohesion. The report stated that “In three of the 11 negative factors, mitigation would be a significant challenge; these are survivability, morbidity and deployability, much of which are predicated by physiology.” The report also noted the survivability risks were “about biology rather than character.”
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