After talking with @Lowbacca_1977, I'm in agreement that this topic does sort of need a fresh start, so here it goes. In light of Leon Panetta in his last act as US Defense Sect. lifting the rule on US women being banned from combat roles, how does everybody feel about this, both the lifting of the ban and women in combat in general? Good idea? Bad idea? How should the US begin integrating women into it's combat brigades? All at once or gradually and carefully as John McCain was seen on camera advising yesterday? Does you think there shold be exceptions to women being in combat? Also, I'd be interested in the view points of those from countries where women already serve in combat roles. Where the men 'distracted' as some in the US are claiming our troops will be, or did everthing just continue to function smoothly? @GrandAdmiralJello, if you want to bring up the issues of rape in the military, I don't have a problem with that, as I suspect that may go hand in hand with some of the issues in how to facilitate these new policy changes within the military. For what it's worth, I think it was past time. Women have more or less been fighting in defacto combat for over a decade now with the suppot convoys.units that they are apart of being ambushed (as well as being combat pilots and, within the last year, beginning to serve on submarines), so we may as well make women in combat offcial. Let the games discussion begin.