This series is to answer the objections that people have to support the unBiblical and ungodly notion that it is acceptable for women to be in the military and police force. This series is, in fact, the first chapter of my new and upcoming book.
6. I believe women should not be allowed on the front lines in combat, but the police force isn’t combat.
This was my number one justifier in joining the military and police force. I joined the Army National Guard in 2011 and a Washington State police department in 2012. I cannot emphasize enough how much I firmly believed prior to joining that women should not be allowed on the front lines and in combat. This was based on my view of scripture. My job in the military was considered â€œnon-combat.” I viewed myself sitting behind a desk and not seeing “combat.” This is a lie that I want to debunk. Little did I know that any job in the military and police force is in fact combat.
Before I continue I would like to list the definition of combat. Combat: “Fighting between armed forces” (Google). Other definitions include, “a fight or contest between individuals or groups, conflict, controversy, active fighting in a war” (Merriam Webster).
When going through Basic Combat Training (BCT) for the Army, a few days into training the soldier is issued a rifle and is responsible for maintaining and upkeeping it. Wait…a rifle? What for? My job is non combat, desk job. What is a rifle for? Protection? From what? Non combat is in a safe zone right? Not front lines. Unfortunately, in the military you are a rifleman first. If the base gets overrun by the enemy you must fight or be killed, injured, or captured. A soldier must know how to use a rifle. In today’s type of warfare there are no front lines. It is guerrilla warfare where one’s enemy looks like the civilian populous, lives with the civilians. This is opposed to the Red Coats and Continental Army in the War for Independence where there is a direct line separating the two fighting forces. Another integral part of BCT is hand-to-hand combat. Why is it called combat? Combat again is â€œFighting between armed forces.” Just because there is no weapon does not mean that it is not combat. While I was a police officer and writing reports, the software program that was used listed under weapons “fists, hand, arm.” “Fighting between armed forces.” Combat. Soldiers are trained for combat. Basic Combat Training. Unfortunately, I was so brainwashed I couldn’t see any of this prior to joining.
As I mentioned above, I joined a police department and graduated from the police academy in 2012. At the academy, we trained to shoot, fight, control, be aggressive, and to not die. Shoot what? Guns. Why? Because someone is attacking/threatening us or someone is attacking/threatening someone else. And to stop the threat. What does stop mean? Two in the chest and one to the head (bullets that is) or if the suspect decides to cooperate it means de-escalation. Some claim that police officers are on the defensive and therefore it is ok for women to be officers. False. When the fire fight starts in the bar and the officer is called. The officer is required to go. If there are others inside the bar the officer will go into the bar and stop the threat. Active shooter in a mall or school. The officers will go inside. This is not defensive…this is offensive. Why do police officers wear bullet proof vests? Because they enjoy sweating in them? No, because the threat (getting shot) is imminent and they wear it for protection.
Fighting. Or defensive tactics as the politically correct term is. In this training we learn how to control, restrain, evaluate, search, and transport someone. This someone could be anyone from a citizen refusing to cooperate with commands or someone who is actively trying to kill/harm/maim you or someone else and it is your job to stop them. At any time a suspect can turn on the officer and begin to fight. This has led to many injuries and occasionally death to officers. Women officers die in these situations and to some people this is not combat. This is an outright lie.
You wear a uniform, badge, and gun and you are an immediate target. Being taught in both arenas of the military and police force, I can tell you as much as feminist and male chauvinists want you to believe that these two jobs are not combat related, they are. Military and police training teaches you how to kill and fight effectively because of the natures of the jobs. If this is not combat, I don’t know what is.
It was not good for me to go through this training. I am more trained than any man in my immediate family (excluding my husband) to be a man. It is to my shame and unfortunately to their shame too. God calls men to go to war. God calls men to fight and be the main protectors. Men are more aggressive than women, love violence more than women, and can handle the atrocities of war better emotionally than women. Why? Because God made them that way. Because God has called us to different roles and tasks in society.
For more in this series:
Answering Objections #1
Answering Objections #2
Answering Objections #3
Answering Objections #4
Answering Objections #5
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