"Over time perhaps the stigma of the 'weaker' sex and the protectionist attitude of many men would recede to a different level, but currently I think these are liabilities to women serving in combat"
This is just funny. Women can't serve in combat because winholder is old and has outdated ideas.
Women are already in combat, right now, as you read this. I don't think we should limit the capability and flexibility of our soldiers overseas just to keep from disturbing the weak sensibilities of some of those back home. Do you?