Your candor is appreciated, Accord 64, and this is indeed a very serious issue. I do, however, take slight issue with your comments on the draft. This new rule, signed by a Secretary of Defense on his way out the door, sets the precedent for us of women in a draft situation. While women now must volunteer, all bets are off when, or if, a draft is required. And I fear that with the current drawdown in active forces, this is inevitable at some time, particularly if our government continues to extend our military exposure to more hot spots around the world.
The other issue that needs to be addressed is personal privacy. In a combat situation, often the basic creature comforts for personal hygiene and cleanliness are not available. Soldiers are required to take care of bodily functions in front of their comrades and this is a squeamish situation even among men. What do you think it will do for morale with a unisex force?
Also, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has already stated that if this creates problems regarding physical standards, the military may indeed have to "reevaluate" those standards. Currently just to site one example, basic training standards do vary considerably by sex.
I think we all need to ask for God's guidance and pray about this regularly. As for me personally, I think that men and women are uniquely different, each with special talents and strength, and I thank God that we are.
God bless you, Accord 64, for having the courage of your convictions to speak up. This is certainly not an easy issue.