The Christian Science Monitor has a fascinating report on the Pentagon's efforts to open the Special Operations Forces to women.
"The men in the America's Special Operations Forces will not get a veto on women joining their ranks, but they do get an opinion, and a recent survey suggests that they are 'uninformed,' a Pentagon summary of the survey says."
"One of the most commonly cited reasons against putting women in combat roles is the potential for them to be sexually assaulted if they are captured. But the summary notes that 'this issue is not exclusive to women' – it is a problem for many captives, regardless of sex. The entire conversation about women joining Special Forces is fraught with such misunderstandings, the survey found."