Let me clarify a few things for you. I've had both women officers and NCMs under my command and I've served with some fine women. I'm NOT against women in the combat arms but what I am against is this political correct bullcrap that you and your ilk are forcing us through. The CF is integrated and we've gone through a BIG learning curve and through a hell of alot of heartaches and headaches to set up the structures that would allow the few women who do qualify to go into the combat arms.
It's done. We've paid the price. A big price and the return is less than satisfying. The few women we've gain did not and cannot replace the men we've lost. The men we've lost were combat veterans with decades of service and left before they trained replacements; an irrecoverable lost of knowledge and experience.
Currently, 12% of the combat arms (engrs, inf, guns, and arm'd) are women but NONE in the line forces. Most are tasked at the CP and HQ simply because they learned where their best chance for advancements are. Unless they want to stay a private and at a private's pay, the chances of them staying in the combat arms for their entire careers are practically nil.
Most would leave the regforce. The rest might make it to Sgt or Capt before their smarts tell them to leave the cbt arms for better promotion and paid. It's as simple as their bodies are no longer capable of keeping up with the demands of the job. I don't freaking care how good you are, women slow down alot faster with age than men. Given our military cultures of leading by example, there is no way a woman can lead by example when her charges are surpassing her.
Simply put, the CF has levelled the playing field. It's up to the women to suceed and they're not suceeding by whatever measure you want to give it. Now, there's talk of imposing a quota of no less than 25% of women in the combat arms (fat chance we'll obey that) simply to make jerks like you and bonehead feel good about how far civilization has come.
I've got news for you. Combat isn't about being civilized. Combat is brutal. We're there to kill with complete and utter brutallity. Yes, some women can be brutal but for every one you can find, I can find you 10,000 brutal men (I ain't joking about the ratio) and for the effort, I rather have 10 brutal men than one brutal woman.