|May 13, 2005|
DO WE REALLY NEED MOTHERS IN COMBAT?
Support Amendment to Uphold Ban on Women in Combat
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has co-sponsored an amendment to the 2006 Defense Authorization Bill that would prevent top Army officials from unilaterally changing regulations that exempt female soldiers from having to serve in land combat-collocated support units.
Rep. John McHugh (R-NY), chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, offered language into the National Defense Authorization Act expressly prohibiting women from serving in Forward Support Companies (FSC's), which "collocate" (co-locate) with land combat units 100% of the time.
The new language became necessary when the Army unilaterally altered the rule that prohibited women from serving in support units that "collocate" with smaller land combat battalions. The Army's new, unauthorized policy applies that rule only when a combat unit begins "conducting" ground combat. This would require evacuation of female soldiers in Forward Support Companies on the eve of a battle, when embedded support troops are needed most. Such a policy would be extremely disruptive, demoralizing, and dangerous for all concerned.
Do we really want America's mothers on the frontlines of the War on Terror? Our Commander in Chief doesn't think so and neither do the majority of women serving in our military today. Congress should immediately codify the current policy of no women in or near combat.
Call your Representative today and urge them to support the McHugh/Hunter amendment to uphold the ban on women in combat.
Members of the full House Armed Services Committee will vote on this amendment on Wednesday, May 18. Call Now!
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Members of the House Armed Services Committee: Hunter, Weldon, Hefley, Saxton, McHugh, Everett, Bartlett, McKeon, Thornberry, Hostettler, W. Jones, J. Ryun, Gibbons, Hayes, Calvert, Simmons, J. Davis, Akin, Forbes, Miller, Wilson, LoBiondo, Bradley, Turner, Kline, Miller, Rogers, Franks, Shuster, Drake, Schwarz, McMorris, Conaway, G. Davis, Skelton, Spratt, Ortiz, Evans, Taylor, Abercrombie, Meehan, Reyes, Snyder, Smith, Sanchez, McIntyre, Tauscher, R. Brady, Andrews, S. Davis, Langevin, Israel, Larsen, Cooper, Marshall, Meek, Bordallo, T. Ryan, Udall, Butterfield, McKinney, Boren
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