Since the US military decided to allow women in combat last week, we've heard a lot of ruckus from pundits on both sides of the political aisle. But how do actively serving troops feel about it?
Apparently not unanimously positive, according to a survey of 53,000 Marines. The survey found that "about 17 percent of male Marine respondents who planned to stay in the service or were undecided said they would likely leave if women move into combat positions," according to the AP.
The Marines surveyed expressed concerns about "being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault," units disrupted by women's pregnancy or "personal issues," and "preferential treatment" that might be given to some women Marines.
17% of the female Marines surveyed said they would leave, too, if required to serve in combat involuntarily. However, double that - 34% - said they were open to joining a ground combat unit.
Note that very few marines are female - only 7% of them are women, compared to 14% across the military overall.
Via the AP.