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Veteran: 'I would really have a problem with them drafting women'

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Stephanie Shannon displays some of her medals from her service in Iraq. Credit: WNEM.com Stephanie Shannon displays some of her medals from her service in Iraq. Credit: WNEM.com
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Stephanie Shannon is a decorated military veteran. She served in Iraq during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

"I would really have a problem with them drafting women," Shannon said.

Shannon said she saw the effects of combat first hand. She doesn't like the idea of eligible women being forced to sign up for the military draft.

"Military is not for everybody. It's a certain type of strong willed individual that's willing to risk to risk their life to serve their country. Not everybody is cut like that," Shannon said.

The Draft America’s Daughters Act has been introduced in the U.S. Congress. If it becomes law, signing up for the military draft would become a reality for women.

The idea of women on the front line is emerging as a hotly contest issue on the presidential campaign trail. Shannon said she's not surprised.

Shannon said she believes a lot of women, despite their training, would have trouble performing when real bullets start flying.

"Training is one thing but actually working in a environment like that in a combat role is a whole other level of experience," Shannon said.

Back on June 18, 2015, the Army revealed its plan to fully integrate women into all military occupational specialties and combat units.

An Army spokeswoman said women are capable of performing every job in the army. Shannon, who's now an author and retired from the military, said she's not so sure.

"I'm not saying don't do it my sisters. I'm saying really consider the factors that come along with it," Shannon said.

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