U.S. Marine Corps Captain Katie Petronio served with distinction as a combat engineer in both Iraq and Afghanistan. An outstanding college athlete, she joined the Marines some five years ago and graduated from Officer Candidates School ranked 4th in a class of 52! Today, she suffers several health challenges brought on directly by her combat deployments. As she points out in this excellent Marine Corps Gazette article, "we haven’t even begun to analyze and comprehend the gender-specific medical issues and overall physical toll continuous combat operations will have on females...I am confident that should the Marine Corps attempt to fully integrate women into the infantry, we as an institution are going to experience a colossal increase in crippling and career-ending medical conditions for females."
Capt. Petronio clearly demonstrates that a woman's courage and commitment are not the issue. Women and men are not physically interchangeable and no amount of social engineering in Washington, D.C. will change that reality. Please read this excellent article for yourself.