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January 8, 2013 12:48 PM
Freshman Congressman and Army veteran Tom Cotton (R-Ark): Women in combat
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While President Obama’s Department of Defense has moved to allow more women to serve in combat roles, a new study suggests female soldiers typically don’t want to serve on the front lines. Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Laura asked Rep. Tom Cotton, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, whether he supported allowing women to serve in combat roles in the military.

Rep. Cotton responded that allowing women to serve on the front lines could jeopardize the mission’s success, “To have women serving in infantry, could impair the mission’s central task in those units. That’s been proved in study after study just as a matter of nature… upper body strength and physical movement and speed and endurance and so forth.”

While praising the "brave contributions" of military women already serving "on the front lines in critical capacities," he stressed "to have them in the infantry, in either the Marine Corps or the Army, could impair the mission, the central task of those forces.”

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