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Rick Santorum's views on Satan may scare off voters

The year was 1973 when the United States government announced that the draft would be lifted. Today, America plays host to an all-volunteer army. That means anyone who is able-bodied can join the military.

In 1994, women were permitted to take part in combat positions, when President Bill Clinton’s defense secretary, Les Aspin, lifted that rule.

In regards to a Pentagon decision that would formally open front-line roles for women in combat, Santorum said, " I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission, because of other types of emotions that are involved.", as reported by ABC News.

Since 1973, the number of women who have joined the military has risen rapidly. The share of women among the enlisted ranks has increased from 2 percent to 14 percent, and the share among commissioned officers has jumped 4 percent to 16 percent, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. 

The Pentagon wouldn’t comment directly on Santorum’s comments, but spokesman George Little said there’s “a broad consensus” in the military that they should maintain the goal of opening more positions to women.

“I believe that men and women can serve ably on the battlefield men and women of the U.S. military are focused on the mission and in protecting our nation’s interest. And I think that’s a value that we have regardless of gender,” Little said. “The presumption is that going forward that we’re going to find as many opportunities for women as possible.”

As of Sept. 30 of this year, women comprised nearly 15 percent of the U.S. armed forces, with their numbers reaching 205,000. Of the 2.4 million deployed in support of Iraq and Afghanistan, 280,000 have been women and 144 have been killed in those two countries while 865 have been wounded, according to the Huffington Post.

A number of U.S. partners in the battlefield allow women to serve in combat roles, including Canada, Israel, France and Germany.



 

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