California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Sr. told Newsmax that the true test of allowing women to serve in combat hinges on how much more effective it makes the nation’s armed forces.
“The focus of our military needs to be maximizing combat effectiveness,” Hunter, a retired Marine who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, told Newsmax. “The question here is whether this change will actually make our military better at operating in combat and killing the enemy, since that will be their job, too.
“What needs to be explained is how this decision, when all is said and done, increases combat effectiveness rather than being a move done for political purposes, which is what this looks like,” added Hunter, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee. “The idea that every combat mission and future conflict will mirror Iraq and Afghanistan is extremely naïve and short-sighted.”
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