Very good question! My opinion women have the right as men and should choose if they want to serve their country but on a personal level I believe women should not endure the hardships of war I am not saying they are not capable just shouldn't have to
I think they are already close enough to it, it isn't that big a leap. I also know other countries have had them in combat for years, so I don't think it is as big an issue as some have made it out to be. As long as the pass the same qualifying tests let them go.
From a female's point of view (just for the sake of it), I personally don't like the idea of having women in combat. I would feel safer with the knowledge that there are men serving. I have no problem whatsoever with women serving behind the lines- eg. building and maintaining machinery, equipment and buildings/ships etc., fitness instructing, transport & logistics, and all of these other jobs that are done behind the scenes- they are all neccessary things that are done every day to keep the soldiers prepared and in optimum condition for combat. Just when it comes to front-line fighting, I think it is a rather unneccessary additional factor to have on the minds of the soldiers. No matter what anybody tries to say about it, having a male and female crew is not the exact same as having an all-male crew. Men are raised to think of women differently than fellow men, and this isn;t just going to dissapear when they are getting shot at. I think it is an unneccessary distraction, and not something those poor fellows who are thinking as quickly as they can to make sudden decisions should have on their mind. Just remove the extra factor, and let them get to it.
Honestly, they fought to have equal rights, which means that they should also have to go to war when the country drafts people. I'm all for equal rights, but I wouldn't like the idea of men being drafted to war and women getting to scape goat it, because honestly that would be basically showing that women have more rights then men.
Good for women? Jury is out, advancement in war is usually a sign of battle deaths. But it opens a lot more slots for women. At the cost of advancement for men. Good for their male shipmates? Hmm... If I am in a foxhole with a female Marine, she better be able to drag 250 lbs of unconscious male body to the aid station. On the other hand, I could probably carry her to the aid station without breaking a sweat, advantage me. So what if they get the pay benefits without having to pay with muscle or endurance? Who cares? Same risk, same pay-- but I suspect combat effectiveness will decrease.