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Opposed women serving in infantry; but will allow it

Asked by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) if he intends to roll back the opening of infantry positions to women in the military. Mattis responded, "I've never come into any job with an agenda, a pre-formed agenda of changing anything. I come in assuming the people before me deserve respect for the job they did and the decisions they've made." Pressed further on the issue and asked about past statements he has made in opposition to women serving in infantry positions, Mattis said, "I have no plan to oppose women in any aspect of our military. In 2003, I had hundreds of Marines who happened to be women serving in my 23,000-person Marine division. I put them right on the front lines alongside everyone else."
Source: Ballotpedia.org: 2017 Trump transition confirmation hearings , Jan 13, 2017

Not about who soldiers go to bed with, but how they'll fight

Asked by Sen. Gillibrand if allowing LGBTQ individuals to serve in the military undermines U.S. military performance, Mattis responded, "Frankly, Senator, I've never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with. My concern is on the readiness of the force to fight and to make certain that it is at the top of its game."
Source: Ballotpedia.org: 2017 Trump transition confirmation hearings , Jan 13, 2017

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