'Form All-Female Units...Commanded By A Female,' Gen. Boykin Says Of Plan To Lift Restrictions

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 23, 2013 | 6:58 PM EST

If the U.S. lifts its restrictions on women serving on the front lines of combat, then it must have all-female units commanded by a female, Gen. William Boykin (Ret.) says.

In an exclusive interview with "The Right Views," Lt. Gen. (USA Ret.) William G. Boykin, Executive Vice President for the Family Research Council, reacted to a report that Defense Sec. Leon Panetta will lift the exclusive of women in direct combat.

Boykin warned of the problems of lifting the restriction, saying that mixing sexes in combat would be impractical, given the need to create separate accommodations.

As a result, infantry units with females would have to be exclusively female, he said:

"Well, first of all, you just simply can't violate the laws of nature without paying some penalty. Men are instinctively protective of women - that's a general statement and there are certainly exceptions. But men will be focused on protecting the women in their units there, that's just the way we were created. And I think that that becomes a distraction.

"If you want to form -- if you want to put women in infantry units, then form all-female units and let them be commanded by a female. But don't mix the sexes for all the host of reasons that I think we're all well aware of and that protective nature of the man is one of those things."

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