07.25.135:13 PM ET

Author: Women ‘Unsuited’ for Combat

Robert Maginnis makes argument against females in certain military roles.

Women are facing yet another obstacle to being in combat: Robert Maginnis, a former army lieutenant colonel and West Point graduate. Maginnis recently released a book, Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women into Combat. In a Q&A with Time, he says women are being forced into combat by “political masters and radical feminists.” He says his main concerns are that the military will lower its standards, that women combatants will suffer disproportionate harm, and that the problem of sexual assault in the military will get worse. He says, “The scientific evidence and the lessons of combat experience are utterly one-sided: women are unsuited for ground combat service.” Maginnis says this argument has become more about politics than about finding the best fighters.