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What Do You Think?

May 11, 2010

The question posted Friday on The Herald-Mail's website was: Do you agree with a policy change that will allow women to serve aboard U.S. Navy submarines?

Poll results:

Yes: 424 votes (53 percent)

No: 373 votes (47 percent)




"There is no difference to allowing women on submarines. All have to interact in society, so I assume they will have to learn to interact on subs. If it lessens our security, I would be against them being on subs."

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"No. Having spent many years on ships deployed for long periods and having also been on a sub, I don't see adding women as especially desirable, and in fact, even on surface ships, adding females just makes things harder than they have to be."

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"If there were a way to exclude sexists from the military, this wouldn't be a problem. Only time will solve this problem as these demographic dinosaurs die off. Thank God very few of the younger generation share these views."

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"I have a hard time with anyone batting around the idea that just because someone's a woman, they cannot serve effectively in the U.S. military. How in the heck do you know what women can do? They have yet to be given a chance to prove themselves."

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"I can give you my personal sentiments on this, but I'm not planning to spend time on a sub and could care less. ... I'm sure there are a lot of qualified women who could (serve on submarines) and keep their composure, but if something is not broken, why change it? Who is pushing for this equality?"

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"I voted yes, however, I think myself and all of the others who have never served on a sub are ignorant as to what it is like to serve on one. ... As long as the women pass the same physical tests as the men, I personally do not have a problem with it."

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"If the women chosen will all be officers, that changes a lot of the logistical problems. Officers have separate quarters and junior officers share staterooms and women officers will obviously be assigned to share a room. ... I can see this being an interesting and hopefully successful experiment that will add some much needed technical expertise to the service. ... They are fully qualified sailors and have trained well. But the logistics of sub life are something else."

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