Sisters at War

But the move to allow women in combat has met with vociferous opposition from a number of organizations — such as the Washington-based Center for Military Readiness (CMR) and the Virginia-based Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) — that have denounced DACOWITS’ initiatives to allow women to serve in combat units.

Citing a number of reasons, including the “power of the sex drive when young women and men, under considerable stress, are mixed together in close quarters,” the IWF, for instance, calls for a “commonsense” approach to the issue of women in combat.

“The concept of equality does not fit in combat environments,” said Elaine Donnelly, CMR president. “I think the priority has to be military efficiency in accomplishing the mission quickly and effectively with minimal casualties. Women in combat units endanger male morale and military performance.”