Women cannot be physically up to combat for this reason, women in P.E. have lower standards than men have to execute which extends a woman’s vulnerability in combat. In other words, there should only be one standard for the military, which is the men’s standard and even if a woman beats a certain
Priest, Dana. “Military Study Finds Women Fill Few Jobs Tied to Combat.” Washington Post. 21 Oct. 1997. Vol.
Historically, women have been excluded from combat roles. On the surface, it is because men, who have always thought of themselves better and stronger than women, believed that females could not handle the responsibility of holding a combat position and women are rupturing the socially constructed gender norms that were set in place. According to Nicole Dombrowski, “no other topic concerning women’s role in war creates as great a debate as the question of women’s active participation in combat units.” The benefits for the expansion of women’s roles in the military advantage not only the women but the military as well. In comparison, the drawbacks of expansion of women’s roles are usually disadvantages to the men within the military.
Becraft, Carolyn J. “ A Case for Women in Combat.” U.S Army Command and General Staff
During WWII, the initial acceptance of woman in the military was controversial because they were deciding whether just needed more people, whether they should be an official part of the services, and whether they could perform the jobs. Most people were concerned that women would obstruct the view of American culture because they would be considered “masculine”. By 1944, women proved to be effective in helping during the war. Some were even trained to shoot guns next to the men. In 1994 the DOD (Department of Defense) created a policy that prevented women from combat with their male colleagues. They also could not be assigned to units below the brigade level, whose number one objective is combat on ground. Over the years women have showed that they are physically, mentally, and emotionally able to keep up with men in the military.
The belief that women are the gentler, weaker sex is one that has been held since the dawn of time. Women have always been expected to live their lives as quietly and unobtrusively as possible. When the women’s branch of the army formed in May 1942 this already fragile belief began to crumble even more. In the years preceding the war, the scope of women in society was gradually beginning to expand. Women could now work outside the home and earn their own wages, albeit in still typically “feminine” jobs and for less money than men. But many saw the participation of women in the military as more than a threat to jobs. The army was now a threat to a woman’s sexuality. The public worried that by joining a workforce so undeniably masculine women would start to behave like men. Complaints that the army would turn...
The problem of women fighting in combat along with their male counterparts is not a one-sided problem. Elizabeth Hoisington has earned the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, leads the Women’s Army Corps and believes that women should not serve in combat because they are not as physically, mentally, or emotionally qualified as a male is and that ...
Now women are allowed to be in armed forces as we know with the most recent news of the first women to graduate from ranger class, Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver however, women are not allowed on front line duty and why is that? Many people say that women are not emotionally or physically capable. Few bigger reasons is that they believe that the male soldiers will do foolish things for our women, the other is that they will pamper with the mission's effectiveness. There has been a lot of conflict with if women are as effective as men and or as useful.
“Women in Combat”. New York Times” (2012): Global Issues in Context. Web. 25 Feb. 2014.
The essay “Women in combat a dangerous experiment” argues against women in combat positions. The author, Jerry Boykin, is the executive president of the Family Research Council and served thirty six years in the U.S. Army. He is an original member of Delta Force, the former commander of the Green Berets, and served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (Boykin). Boykin’s believes the decision to lift this ban is ideological and a social experiment that will impair military effectiveness. His first point is that the positions being opened are those that deal directly with the enemy. The positions often involving hand-to-hand combat and physically women a...
Musgrave, Jane. “Do Women Belong in combat?” Proquest. CMG corporate services. 25 January 2013. Web. 10 March 2014.
Presented by retired U.S. Army Ranger Jeff Struecker in a CNN Interview; “I think what we’ve just done is open the door to the expectation that women will now serve in the most violent, dangerous roles in the military (Stuecker),” the argument states that if women are allowed into the military, the future will bring their expectation to serve. It states that in the future, women and men will be drafted and the army will be made up of an equal number of men and women. This fifty-fifty makeup, says Struecker, is not beneficial due to the fact that the average male far outperforms the average female in battle training
Casey, L. "Women in Combat", Academic Essays and Debates on Women in the Military: Military Woman Magazine. December 19, 1997.http://www.militarywoman.org/academic.htm
With society’s past and present it is apparent that women are still not equal even if they have the title. Men are observably stronger and have a different mentality in situations than women. This is not to say that women should not be in the military but they should have the choice that way they can accept the responsibility and train themselves mentally and physically to achieve the responsibility and respect needed to fight for our country.
Viahos, Kelly Beucar. "Women Are Not Prepared to Serve in Combat." Gale Opposing Viewpoints, 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2012.