World’s FIRST All Female Special Forces Unit Now Exists — Good Idea?

Debate is constant if the female sex is useful out on the battle field.

Many people believe that they would slow down and hinder their male counterparts due to biological differences.

There have been women in the past who have proven these ideals wrong.

Now there is an all female special forces unit that is looking to defy such stereotypes.

As reported by NBC news: The unit was started after Norway’s Armed Forces’ Special Command saw an increased need for female special operations soldiers — particularly in places like Afghanistan where male troops were forbidden from communicating with women. The exclusion of half the population was having a detrimental impact on intelligence gathering and building community relations.

“When [Norway] deployed to Afghanistan we saw that we needed female soldiers. Both as female advisers for the Afghan special police unit that we mentored, but also when we did an arrest,” said Col. Frode Kristofferson, the commander of Norway’s special forces. “We needed female soldiers to take care of the women and children in the buildings that we searched.”

“One of the advantages that we see with an all-female unit is that we can have a tailored program and a tailored selection for the female operators,” Kristofferson said, adding that at the end of the one-year program the female soldiers are just as capable as their male counterparts.

To qualify for this special ops unit the women needed to be able to run four miles carrying their gear, 60 pound bags, in under 52 minutes. That is about three minutes more than what the men have to do (49 minutes) and under the same weight requirements.

Technically, the ‘girls’ are doing the same work as the ‘boys’.

Under these circumstances, what do you think?

Is it still controversial to have these ladies under this kind of active duty or will it enhance the military’s fighting systems?

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