Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, Jan 29 2013 11:00 PM

Girls, er, women should know realities of combat

By The Bakersfield Californian

The only thing more insane than warfare are those who relish participating in it. So the ladies, in their quest for equality, want their share of glory. Well, I have news for you: Glory is a fleeting thing and can be taken from you in one awful instant. You ungraciously fell off your pedestal, and now you want to destroy your inborn gentleness.

Combat comes in a variety of missions that are not equal in ferocity. The Air Force and Navy play vital and important roles in offensive and defensive combat assignments, but the gravel-crunching ground forces are the queen of battle.

Their world is different in physical and mind-wrenching violence, and the opportunistic women who seek advancement are a limited few among junior officers who, for personal reasons, are blinded to the reality of the consequences of mortal combat. As a former Marine, I know of what I speak. And by the way, girls, try not to get captured.

John D. Mixon

Bakersfield

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