Elimination of military ban brings about mixed reviews

DOD ends ban on women serving on frontline

Author: Justin Horne, Meteorologist/Reporter, jhorne@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 24 2013 05:23:08 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2013 05:30:31 PM CST

When it comes to the frontline, the focus is now on equality. 

After years of opposition, the Department of Defense has lifted a ban restricting women from serving in frontline combat roles.

It is an idea that has brought about mixed emotions in Military City, USA.

"If the ladies want equal rights and that’s the way they want to do it, I think they have the last say so on that,” said Jesse Arzata, a veteran who works at the Drop Zone Café. “To me, it takes a little brawn to be out on the front lines, but like I say, it’s up to them."

Another veteran, who did not want to be identified, disagreed, saying he believed it was a bad idea and could cause problems for those on the battlefield.

San Antonian Joe Valdez feared of a psychological toll, but applauded the decision.

"If the woman is willing to go out there and place their life in harm's way, then good, I applaud that,” said Valdez.

For future military members, like some of the students in the Junior R.O.T.C. at Churchill High School, the equality is welcomed.

"As long as a woman is capable of doing the job as a man can, there should be no restriction on what she can do," said Churchill R.O.T.C. member Danielle Hawryluk.

One result of the decision will likely be an increase in leadership roles for future female military members, something that excited R.O.T.C member Abigail Adams.

"I know that women have fought in combat in the past out of necessity and now I agree with the fact that they can do so, because they want to,” said Adams.