The US military made a historic announcement earlier this month – from next April, women will be allowed to serve in all combat roles. That includes artillery, infantry and other frontline units.
But a new study released by the Pentagon found some of the troops are not entirely sold on the idea of fighting alongside women. In fact, 84 per cent of the men in Special Operations Command were opposed to letting women into their jobs.
You see, apparently they are worried having women around will upset their “unit cohesion”. No room for chicks in the bro club.
But what are their more specific concerns? Yep, you guessed it, periods. They are worried lady soldiers will get all flustered and confused with their lady feelings and screw everything up.
One high-ranking soldier in the Air Force Special Operations Command said in the interview he was worried “acting on emotions may be a problem”, according to The Washington Post.
“Judgment may be altered. The effects of combat may have a different impact during those times, I’m not sure,” he said.
A Navy SEAL said of his wife: “She’s very independent. But when that time of her month comes, she’s weaker.”
And a special warfare combatant craft crewmen in Naval Special Warfare Command described PMS as “terrible, possibly the worst”.
“I cannot stand my wife for about a week out of the month for every month. I like that I can come to work and not have to deal with that.”
Yep, that’s right, these guys are saying they would rather be at work (read: war) than dealing with their allegedly cranky wives.