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Permanent commission for women officers but fight for combat roles still on

The IAF has operationalised eight women fighter pilots. And the navy permits women officers onboard warships, even when they sail into battle

numerous brave women have battled for equality with men, with many demanding the right to go into combat
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Numerous brave women have battled for equality with men, with many demanding the right to go into combat

Ajai Shukla
A highly regarded American scholar of military leadership and personnel policy, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Fred Dibella wrote this about women in combat: “Up to now, we have recognised the blatantly obvious: that battles and wars are won by Alpha Males. And why is that? Uh… because men and women may well be equal in the eyes of God, but they damned sure ain’t identical in the laws of physics and psychology. Men are, by and large, bigger, stronger, faster, more aggressive, more violent, more ferocious, more intense, more powerful, more brutal, more belligerent, more destructive, AND THEREFORE MORE LETHAL than

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First Published: Jul 24 2020 | 11:14 PM IST

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