A little (John) Piper, if you please. A fine article, up November 2 at his website, “Co-ed Combat and Cultural Cowardice”. In brief, he provides the basic reason why women should not be sent into harm’s way:
If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women in combat is not pro-woman; he’s a wimp. He should be ashamed…Part of the meaning of manhood as God created us is the sense of responsibility for the safety and welfare of our women.Men aren’t hard-wired to follow women, period. They are hard-wired to get in front of their women—between them and the bullets. They are hard-wired to lead their women out of danger and into safety. And women, at their deepest and most honest selves, give profound assent to this noble impulse in good men. That is why co-ed combat situations compromise men and women at their core and corrupt even further the foolhardy culture that put them there.
It doesn’t appear from his bio that John Piper ever served in the military, but he has distilled down to its hard core essence why women should not be allowed in harm’s way: it is hard-wired in our human species.
The secular-minded might claim that this is, as Dr. Piper notes, “evolutionary psychology.” But the effect is the same: the reasons women should not be in combat are several and any one of them is sufficient, or should be, to ban women from combat forever. These include problems with fraternization; negative influence of sex on command decisions; and, for ground combat operations, lack of upper-body strength compared with men.
But these are all secondary to that hard-wiring, supplied by God: women are our wives and mothers, to be protected against harm, so as to secure our progeny. In short, to secure our future.
It is political correctness gone wild to ignore all of this because some women object to this hard-wiring.