Whilst watching TV and tucking into my second bowl of fruit & yoghurt, I engaged Mrs Baggy in polite and cordial conversation about the pros & cons of women fighting on the front line. I should have known better....The starter for 10 came about from watching the female cops on "The Bill" getting yet another kicking from the villians - with the male cops turning up to save the day. All I said was "Women find it hard when in close combat with men and therefore I didn't think women made good killing machines when in hand-to-hand combat with some raghead who is determined for you to see your god before he sees his". I should have read the signs, the reddening in the face and the horns developing....but I ignored and continued.......... I'm sure that in a pure fire fight, the odds are more even....but hand-to hand may be the ultimate test of strength and will power.....can women cut this mustard?? I understand that front line (Cav, Inf) units have no female soldiers for perhaps that very reason, but other (RA, AAC, RLC) units do and with operations in iraq being a simple patrol one minute and a fire fight the next, there is always the possibility of some form of close quarter kill. I remember the concerns when a female American soldier was captured in the last Gulf War. I don't think we have had a woman killed in close quarter battle yet, but when/if we do, I bet those f&cking ambulance chasers won't be far behind..... There is obviously more pros and cons to this argument and I'm sure "incoming" will be imminent..so fill ya boots. Don't get me wrong, there is always a place in HM forces for women, I'm just not convinced its on the front line. Needless to say Mrs Baggy didn't agree and bounced off all the walls in the front room to prove it. Time prevents me from replicating what she said cos the conversation did go on for 2 & half f&cking hours!!