Essay On Women In Combat

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The Problem
The problem with the United States Armed Forces is that women are not allowed in combat. Not including women in the combat policy will not strengthen the Armed Forces but will weaken them. Women in the combat are a controversial topic. During the several wars, women were used in a many capacities, including nursing, spying, supplying and maintaining camps, as well as the occasional combat activity as necessary. The controversy of today has a lot to do with the role of women in combat, and how their presence will impact male soldiers. There have been very few women in history that is given credit for being a war hero. Why should a man always be the hero when a woman is capable of doing the job as well? For many years women have been have been doing the job for a lot longer than that, but never got the credit they deserved. This problem affects everyone because it decreases morale. This problem is not getting any better. Women train in the same manner as the men, but never get to use their training. This is a fraud, waste and abuse, and a definite waste of money. Throughout history, women had to fight for equal rights. For example, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified and women won the right to vote. The civil rights movements of the 1960s inspired a second wave of keen activism confronting the inequities women faced in virtually all areas of American life. State and federal laws were passed outlawing discrimination in employment and education, and women responded to their new opportunities with enthusiasm. This is a form of discrimination. As a woman I am angry about the fact that women are not assigned to combat duty equally with men.

Throughout history women have already proven themselves...

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...ut the idea of marriage and having children before they go into combat. While combat is dangerous, it does not mean that everyone that goes will be killed, but options still need to be weighed. The U.S. should just be like Nike and do it. Everyone thought allowing African Americans in the armed forces would divide the military, but it has not. No one ever thought that the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” would work, but as long as no one asked and no one told there was not a problem. People thought the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal would also be disastrous, but there having openly gay people in the military has not been a problem either. The U.S. should stop beating around the bush and allow women into combat. Perhaps our country could be a bench mark for other countries to allow women into combat. This will not only strengthen our country morally but militarily as well.

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