So by saying that men and women have equal standings "up and down the line" you mean that a new female recruit would not be treated any differently than male recruit? Or that some of the men are not possibly thinking anything about having to fly on a mission with a female pilot at any point during a war or for practice? I am simply saying, no matter how equal it may seem, it is not. And even though is may be subtle, it is still there and that will affect the way men and women fight. Say there is a female pilot and she is set to fly a run with a male pilot whom she has met before. These are both experienced pilots, but the female SENSES that the male has a problem with her, it may be because she is a woman, maybe the way she flies...it does not matter. He has never SAID anything, or made an obvious gesture, but the signal is still sent that he does have a problem with her. Now what happens when these two are stuck together in a pit flying on an important mission? Will they be successful or they going to have conflict? You said that the deadly consequences were in the 1940's when integration first took place, but is it still not prevalent today? On another note, I was just using this as an example since there are no examples to be taken from infantry. I cannot use the marines for an example either, So I chose to take examples from an integrated section of the military and compare it with the infantry.