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Dear Jonah…

…I’m taking over your military guy. And if your great pumpkin guy

starts writing me, consider his e-mails stolen too.

This is about the “risk rule”:

Rich – as Jonah’s “military guy” and a retired, disabled vet who

commanded a

unit with women in it all I can say is: if they are in my unit in a

combat

zone – they’ve got to be able to go where I go, and do their jobs.

Anything

else is ludicrous, and not fair to the people who have to take up the

slack.

I had female medics, cooks, signallers, survey and meteorological

specialist

soldiers. My MET section, to do their job properly, is deployed AHEAD

of

the DIVARTYs guns and launchers, between them and the likely targets.

That

data is critical to first round accuracy. My survey was an equally

important factor (still true in this day of GPS) My signals people had

to

keep the circuits up. My wounded/ill cared for, and the troops fed.

That

was a while ago, when we still did conventional cooking and feeding,

before

T-rats and MREs.

The issue can’t be wished away by saying that suddenly these people

can’t be

in those places. They are either soldiers, capable of the work, or they

aren’t. But we can’t say they are, and then say they aren’t. If they

get

killed, wounded, or captured, then they get killed, wounded or captured.

Tough.

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