posted on Dec, 11 2004 @ 01:03 PM
Let me share. My country is very young and unbelievably small. When independence was achieved 39 years ago, not one country which we initially
approached were interested in assisting us to set up our defence forces.
Our immediate neighbours to the north and south and Muslim nations. to our east and west : oceans. Taking into account the sensitivities, we apprached
countries whom we thought were friends and acceptable to our neighbours. No response or not interested. We then aproached Israel, albeit reluctantly.
They took us up and in.
So, the foundation of our military forces, although modified over the years, was based on the Israeli model, with Israeli advisors training us.
Remember, this was in the days of Moshe Dayan. So, being in the tropics, just 4% off the equator, with Israeli training, we became a very tough lot.
Of course, we now have F16s, MP5s, state of the art weapons and tools for warfare. This makes for less cumbersome movement. However, our training
covers nightmares in the deserts, rainforests of Indo-China and of course built up areas.
We have the draft here. It is applied to ALL males at the age of 18yrs.
Personally, I have had the experience of serving with women (obviously not draftees). In terms of discipline and mental strength, they held their own.
We are Asians. Therefore, the women I served with are Asians. Petite. In terms of physical performance, they were just as capable.
Reason why we still do not have the draft for women is not based on their performance or perceived lack of it. It is because of 2 related things :
first, we are not at war, and second, the social constraints. If we were at war, and there was a need for more troops, social constraints would not be
So, really, there are 2 levels to this. In pure terms of performance, there would not be any material difference to a male soldier.
The point in contention is really one of social constraint. These constraints are of public perception ; economic and social value of the woman as a
worker/ mother/ care-giver, and of course, the social perception of the woman being the fairer gender. Clear this hurdle (it's a difficult one to
clear though) and immediately, all debate will cease.