Today, the funeral for Capt Nichola Goddard is being held in Calgary. She is the Canadian FOO who was killed on 17 May 06 in ops in Afghanistan. As a result, a couple of columnists have since written articles questioning the wisdom of having women fulfill combat roles (Infmn, Artymn, Cbt Engr, etc) and also questioning whether the Canadian public is ready to accept women as combat casualties. Around 1989 the Canadian Human Rights Commission directed that the Canadian Forces would open all trades, including the cbt arms, to women and the Canadian government accepted this direction. Given the above, it would seem to me that the time to have had such a debate was 17 years ago, before accepting the CHRC direction to allow women into cbt roles. Mind, given the US experience in Iraq, where women are not allowed in cbt arms roles, yet have still suffered female casualties, not being in the cbt arms is no guarantee of women not becoming casualties. Have other coalition countries suffered female casualties (besides Canada and the US)? I can only assume the answer is "yes", so has there been similar debate/concerns about female casualties expressed in those countries? Is there any real level of support in other countries for having women placed into the cbt arms?