I'm in a class called "Gender and Politics". We are discussing women in combat, and I'm getting an earfull about how women are just as capable as men, it doesn't take strength to fire a rifle, etc. Most recently the topic I brought up was the lack of sanitation and the effects on womens health. I found a study saying that combat units can go weeks, even months without a bath. The study referenced another study that said women deployed in ground units in the Gulf War had a higher level of.... lets call it "womens issues". My instructor doesn't believe me. She says soldiers do not go weeks without bathing. I was a submariner, so I have no first hand knowlege of it, but I seem to remember the combat units in the Iraq War went three or four weeks at least fighting towards Baghdad, and didn't exactly stop to freshen up. Can any of you former Army and Marine guys give me examples of actual length between showers. Do you think women should be allowed in combat positions? Its funny that the women who are most vocal about putting females in combat seem to be the least likely to serve, but thats just my observation.