Women of war (continued)

Cadet Kristina Willis, junior in international studies, works through a wired obstacle during Ranger Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Kelley Macek | guest writer PSU vets weigh in on lifting ban on women in combat; To deny a unit the force multiplying effect of a soldier who may have a unique skill only because the soldier is female is an antiquated notion Fully integrating women into all military occupational specialties is absolutely the right thing to do. Women have been serving alongside their combat arms counterparts for quite some time. They bring additional talents and points of view that provide a full 360-degree range of skills and capabilities. This enables leaders the flexibility to leverage a diverse team in today’s contemporary operational environment. In other words, there are no front lines and if you…

Women of war

Marcus Clem | copy editor Kristina Willis was sure it was some kind of joke or incredible rumor. “Honestly, I thought it was a tabloid thing,” Willis, a senior cadet in the Pittsburg State Reserve Officer Training Corps, said. “I didn’t think much of it until I heard it on several credible news stations.” The news that women will now be permitted to serve in the military in any capacity that they qualify for was so unbelievable for a reason: The military is an entity of tradition, and does not adopt such fundamental change often, Willis says. Until the new policy change is fully implemented and in force in 2016, the military’s policy has been…