Guam – The Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard, Major General Benny Paulino, has issue the following statement in support of Defense Secretary Leon Paneta’s decision to lift the ban on women in combat.
READ General Paulino’s Statement in below:
MAJOR GENERAL BENNY PAULINO
THE ADJUTANT GENERAL, GUAM NATIONAL GUARD
COMMENTS ON THE LIFTING OF THE DIRECT COMBAT EXCLUSION RULE FOR WOMEN IN THE MILITARY
“I welcome the change. In a combat organization, not all personnel positions are combat arms. There are positions for personnel and administration, logistics, medical, communications, and other skills.”
“I welcome the opportunity for female soldiers to serve in our infantry battalion unit, the 1-294th Infantry Regiment. It would give me the flexibility to assign or reassign personnel – male or female – between combat and combat support units such as our medical, signal, engineer and transportation units. Right now, I have medical, administration, intelligence and communications positions in our infantry battalion, that I see no reason why they cannot be filled by females. I am restricted to assigning only males into those slots under the exclusionary rule.
“As far as females filling a combat arms position, such as that of an infantryman, I have no objections, as long as the standards to qualify for the combat arms position are not lowered. There certainly are other issues that each of the services would have to address and sort out as a result of the lifting of the exclusionary rule. Privacy concerns, when out in the field, on a patrol for an extended period of time away from a forward operating base is a primary example.”