re: "Women in Combat? They're Already There..."
"(W)omen in the Army, and therefore women in combat zones, is a fact on the ground. I think that the whole “should women be in combat” question has been overcome by events –women are in combat.
Not only are they “in” combat, but there are useful roles for units on the battlefield for women. Conducting searches of local national females at checkpoints is a very useful role for females, it quells fear of “abuse” by locals of their women by soldiers.
Now, a separate question is whether women should be completely integrated into previously all-male units, primarily maneuver units (infantry, artillery, cavalry, and armor) at the battalion level."