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Tango0117 Feb 2014 12:21 p.m. PST

"Ten out of every 100 Army helicopter pilots are women — but they account for only 3 out of every 100 accidents.

That's the bottom line in an Army report that, in an effort to study the impact of women on the front lines, compares accident rates of men and women flying Army helicopters from 2002 to 2013.

The revelation is included in Army Major Seneca Peña-Collazo's report, Women in Combat Arms: A Study of the Global War on Terror, which he published in May while a student at the School of Advanced Military Studies at the Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan…"
Full article here.


Wellspring Inactive Member17 Feb 2014 12:56 p.m. PST

It's Robert Heinlein's world, we just live in it.

Lion in the Stars17 Feb 2014 1:11 p.m. PST

Heinlein did call it in Starship Troopers: women are better suited to be pilots, between lighter weight, faster reflexes, and greater G-tolerance. Oh, and greater pain tolerance, too.

WCTFreak Inactive Member17 Feb 2014 1:30 p.m. PST

But they talk to much via micro ….

Mardaddy Inactive Member17 Feb 2014 2:11 p.m. PST

Well, it is a 93 page report that is TLDR, but so long as all other factors are equal (especially the type and danger levels of missions assigned), why not?

Legion 417 Feb 2014 6:39 p.m. PST

They have been saying that for awhile now about females make better pilots … there may be some truth to it … I've flown with both in the past … That being said, I don't know why some are bent on letting females in more combat positions and situations ? Some say well it's because of promotion considerations, etc. … Funny … 40-50 years ago, guys were burning draft cards and going to Canada to avoid going to combat. Has the paradigm of combat changed that much since then ? I think not … Why are some pushing equality in the military to the point so both sexes can die in larger numbers ? Have not enough females been maimed or KIA'd or suffer from PTSD in the multi-front long current war ?

Zargon Inactive Member18 Feb 2014 6:03 a.m. PST

Legion 4 makes good points,to me it sounds like they're running out of males in the armed forces. And as this is mainly a keep yer fingernails clean not to high on the weightlifting but high enoughon brainpower and dexterity for the job,nevermind it's still a killorbe killed job, they think it's just the right job for females of the species. Read between the lines and you get a let's give this function to females and give the males (which are in shorter supply) something 'more muscle needed . They don't give the actual time in air , in combat or other variables. Just like its cheaper for females in motor insurance but not when it comes to valuables . So yeah let's do the 'Heinlein again' . It'll all come out inthewash someday when this report is dust and they find out female chopper pilots are just as probable accident wize as males, but by then it will be a female only reserve due to cockpit size because of the space savings the engineers have made. Hehe. Lets stop with the this vers that in the military. It just messes with moral. Cheers

Legion 418 Feb 2014 7:05 a.m. PST

One thing that generally makes young males effective "killers" is their abundance of Testosterone …

Mako11 Inactive Member21 Feb 2014 1:09 p.m. PST

From what I've read, women generally tend to be a little more cautious than men, so are perhaps less prone to accidents, all other factors being equal (strength, training, skill, etc.), than men, who tend to push limits more.

It's apparently an in-bred thing, much like men are mainly hunters and warriors, and women nurturers and gatherers, throughout history.

Recent research into the subject supports the above, and demonstrates that men and women are different, in both how they think, and act.

Legion 422 Feb 2014 9:25 a.m. PST

"It's apparently an in-bred thing, […] and women nurturers and gatherers, throughout history."

Let's hope so … evil grin

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