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Airman on the Street: What is your opinion on allowing women to fill direct combat positions in the Air Force?

"I feel that if a woman would like to be in combat, let her be in combat. However, as a woman who doesn’t want to be in combat, I wouldn’t want this to affect me in a way that I can be forced to retrain into a combat position."- Staff Sgt. Betty Johnson, 7th Bomb Wing

"I feel that if a woman would like to be in combat, let her be in combat. However, as a woman who doesn’t want to be in combat, I wouldn’t want this to affect me in a way that I can be forced to retrain into a combat position."- Staff Sgt. Betty Johnson, 7th Bomb Wing

"I understand the push to allow women to be in these combat roles but there are limitations and problems they are going to run into, especially at this time. It makes me think there might have been a better time to start this."- Senior Airman Jennifer Bartyzal, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

"I understand the push to allow women to be in these combat roles but there are limitations and problems they are going to run into, especially at this time. It makes me think there might have been a better time to start this."- Senior Airman Jennifer Bartyzal, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

"Going to combat as a female would be really awesome but I don’t think it’s what we need to be worrying about right now. The way the budget cuts are, the way that everything with the Air Force is going, we’re cutting manning; it’s just not a good idea. It’s going to be difficult to have those men and woman together, especially in a combat zone. I originally joined the Air Force as EOD. I was in the “Indoc” course, but emotionally I couldn’t handle it. I ended up quitting. It was a sad day and I regret it. Emotionally I couldn’t handle it and I don’t know many females who are mentally and physically strong enough to get through the training. I know there are some who can make it, but I don’t think it’s a good idea."- Senior Airman Jessica Reardon, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

"Going to combat as a female would be really awesome but I don’t think it’s what we need to be worrying about right now. The way the budget cuts are, the way that everything with the Air Force is going, we’re cutting manning; it’s just not a good idea. It’s going to be difficult to have those men and woman together, especially in a combat zone. I originally joined the Air Force as EOD. I was in the “Indoc” course, but emotionally I couldn’t handle it. I ended up quitting. It was a sad day and I regret it. Emotionally I couldn’t handle it and I don’t know many females who are mentally and physically strong enough to get through the training. I know there are some who can make it, but I don’t think it’s a good idea."- Senior Airman Jessica Reardon, 7th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

"It has no bearing on my job at all, so I don’t really care either way."- Staff Sgt. Michael Hatfield, 7th Comptroller Squadron

"It has no bearing on my job at all, so I don’t really care either way."- Staff Sgt. Michael Hatfield, 7th Comptroller Squadron

"I’m all for it. I believe the most qualified person should be accepted, whoever it is."- Master Sgt. Ruben Ramirez, 7th Component Maintenance Squadron

"I’m all for it. I believe the most qualified person should be accepted, whoever it is."- Master Sgt. Ruben Ramirez, 7th Component Maintenance Squadron

"I think it’s okay if women are placed in direct combat positions in the military. I just think those individuals need to be made aware of the dangers they are going to face, the Physical Fitness test criteria and different challenges they might face wherever their mission leads them. I don’t think all women want to do it, but those who do should be allowed to try and make it on the team."- 1st Lt. Keturah Johnson, 7th Force Support Squadron

"I think it’s okay if women are placed in direct combat positions in the military. I just think those individuals need to be made aware of the dangers they are going to face, the Physical Fitness test criteria and different challenges they might face wherever their mission leads them. I don’t think all women want to do it, but those who do should be allowed to try and make it on the team."- 1st Lt. Keturah Johnson, 7th Force Support Squadron

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