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Women have strengthened army, says military association

The Local · 2 Jan 2011, 14:02

Published: 02 Jan 2011 14:02 GMT+01:00

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Speaking to news agency DAPD in Bonn, Sohst said the introduction of women into the armed forces had enriched the country's military.

At the start of 2001, women were enlisted into the German military for the first time, with 244 women joining up. Today, there are 17,300 women in the Bundeswehr, 9.2 percent of all soldiers.

"Women are part of normal society, and so they have become a normal part of the army," Sohst said. The fact that no woman had yet been promoted to general or colonel was down to the fact that women had only been part of the armed forces for a decade, he added.

But Sohst believes that the Bundeswehr will soon see its first female battalion or brigade commanders.

Sohst said the army had not yet successfully managed to balance work and family life for its women. "We're not at the end of the road on that yet," he said, saying that new rules for protecting mothers and providing parental allowance were needed.

The lieutenant colonel suggested that one solution would be to have two people temporarily taking over a position while someone else is on parental leave.

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15:08 January 2, 2011 by marimay
I believe it. German women are pretty manly.
15:31 January 2, 2011 by blockhaus
women can only benifet the military....
16:26 January 2, 2011 by twisted
With the exception of pure physical strength, women can do anything men can do and even in the strength department, they can often equal or exceed men. No reason for a woman not to be up to the needs of just about any position or skill in the military.
16:45 January 2, 2011 by gblhands
Hot chicks are good for morale - especially in the Military.

submitted by a former US Marine.
17:10 January 2, 2011 by SockRayBlue
You have to love beautiful women.... especially the blonde ones from northwestern Europe.
17:31 January 2, 2011 by raandy
No Doubt ,if I had a beautiful girl in my squad,my best foot would be forward.
23:44 January 2, 2011 by BR549
Who cares about gender...so long as the shooting is straight and "cold steel" deployed properly, that is all that counts! I personally dislike statements made in generality; which is usually the case here on "The Local."
00:36 January 3, 2011 by Ludwig von America
Women can certainly work well in the military, provided they are kept as far away from combat and hostilities as possible. Too many American servicewomen have lost limbs from IEDs, been taken hostage, been tortured or been killed. A truly civilized society would not allow women to serve in any combat-related roles. I hope Germany protects its women, because the U.S. does not. I understand women want the right to do everything that men do, but they are not the peers of men fighting on the battlefield. They should be held in the highest of regard and protected.
00:49 January 3, 2011 by gblhands
Ok. My last post I was being sarcastic..I apologize.

I do not think mixing men & women on the battelfield is a good idea. Why? Because the need to demonstrate extreme "manly" bravado between men and women doesn't always sync with proper battefield procedure (i.e. men might risk more if a woman needs saving...).

The saying: "Women are not equal to men" is not un-true. Are men inferior to women simply because a man cannot physiologically bear children? Of course not. But, you could make this point...
01:38 January 3, 2011 by Prufrock2010
I don't think women should be allowed in the military. I don't think men should be allowed in the military, either. In a perfect world, detached from emotionalism, there would be no need for a military at all. The universe would take care of itself. Cosmos and chaos, that sort of thing. I have learned this from my mentor, Logic Guy.
18:47 January 3, 2011 by SRaab
put 1 woman in the Bundeswehr and it´s already a thousand times stronger. I´m sure a lot less whining too.
20:56 January 3, 2011 by wenddiver
I know putting Women in the Transortation Corps as truck drivers has completely solved the problem of Infantry Units not requesting Ammunition re-supply often enough in the US Army. : )
04:29 January 4, 2011 by DOZ
Very soon the real test will come when Germany and other countries have to defend it's borders. Hopefully it's warm and sunny, so the women don't get cold. Even with Global Warming the Russian Front is still inhospitable.
07:42 January 4, 2011 by wenddiver
Don't worry they will probaly serve on the Islamic Terrorist front, down by Munich. Victory or Birkahs!
10:38 January 4, 2011 by storymann
Doz ,thinks were going to be invaded by that rag tag Red Army...
14:05 January 4, 2011 by DOZ
Doz Thinks. That's right, rememeber the rag tag red army that took half of Germany. Remember the rag tag red army that held the German Nazi's at bay in Russia. Remember the rag tag red army that took Hungary. Remember the rag tag red army that took.......etc, etc. Remember.
14:56 January 4, 2011 by wenddiver
@DOZ- Your right, my Grandfather met the Red Army in Czechoslovakia at the end of the war and offered them a Cigarette, a Coca-cola and a Hershey's bar (the only food items in the jeep).

Many time he described them to us as children, dirty, with bad teeth, wrapping their feet in wrags inside their boots, wearing multiple stolen watches, no personal gear of any type except a leather belt, small plastic ammo pouch, a knife like you would steal from a kitchen, All were carrying Submachine guns or long rifles that they insisted on leaving the bayonets on.

Basically drunk rapists, with weapons for shooting any pets or animals that moved. The men coud not believe when we pulled back and gave them Czechoslovakia.
19:39 January 4, 2011 by storymann
I do not remember that rag tag bunch of rabble that took Berlin , remember than rag tag bunch of rabble that took Georgia .The US Army would rap that rif raf up in about 2 weeks ,,bring it on....
21:05 January 4, 2011 by auniquecorn
I made it this far and forgot what the headline was....
00:29 January 5, 2011 by Prufrock2010
I forgot what the story was.

@ storyman

You wrote: "...remember than rag tag bunch of rabble that took Georgia .The US Army would rap that rif raf up in about 2 weeks ,,bring it on.... "

You've got to be kidding! That's quite a story, man!
02:53 January 6, 2011 by fryintl
I had to re-read the story above:

1. I am retired military and I think that Women in the military are a problem. They get raped, we get mad. THey want to play around and be sexy, you get in trouble if you are not their type-they complain about you if they don't like you all the while allowing teh ones they love to F*^k do and say anything they want. They are devious and always seek an allowance to do less when they have their period, they can't carry the load, and may be goo dunder pressure but when the pressure is two hundred real men with guns coming to do hand to hand, they won't hold up either. There are women who are as strong as guys,, but they are few and far between.

There is a reason there are traditional roles for women, and there are reasons women have come so far and been "liberated". Somewhere between both extremes is where each sex belongs and we have to find out where that is, and just set the line there.

I hated having sex in the intake of my F-4 with soem of those sexy ladies, but I did it for God and Country. BUt they let gays in, so I guess ladies are the next best thing too.....

I truly have no probs with gay men in the uniform. THey have been there forever and can do the job any man can as they are men. I fear any army full of front line women is going to be wiped off of the map by a strong forceful and brutal opposing force.
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