Military Women Roles

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1123 words
1123 words

Throughout history, women have always played a vital role in the military especially during times of war. In the United States military, women’s service, dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Women have acted as nurses, seamstresses, spies and cooks. They took care of the wounded, brought food and water to the troops, some even dressed as men to fight side-by-side with their husbands on the battle field. Women have fought and died for their country trough military service. Many women are currently serving on the front line as medics or with support units. They encounter the enemy and handle themselves as well as any male soldier. But there is a price to pay for the choice to fight alongside men in combat and unforeseen consequences …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that women have played a vital role in the military since the revolutionary war. many women are currently serving on the front line as medics or support units.
  • Explains that during the american revolution, women were not allowed to enlist in the continental army or the local militias, but they still managed to help the cause.
  • Explains that the military has been aware of the biological and physical differences between men and women for decades.
  • Explains that when women enter infantry military occupation specialties, they will be expected to maintain gender-neutral standards.
  • Explains that pregnancy and delivery hospitalizations make up 58% of all hospitals among the military’s active-duty females, but female troops are admitted into hospitals at a rate 30% higher than their male colleagues.

Women sometimes follow their husbands to war out of necessity. Many serve in military camps as laundresses, cooks, and nurses but only with permission from the commanding officers and only if they proved they were helpful. In some unique circumstances a few women transcend these traditional jobs. In 1778 at the Battle of Monmouth, Mary Hays McCauley, took her husband 's place at his cannon after he was injured. Deborah Sampson served as a man for over a year in General Washington’s army and was only discovered after she was injured. (Bellafaire, “America 's Military Women—The Journey Continues”).During the Civil War, women serve as administrators, nurses, and cooks in both Union and Confederate battlefield hospitals. Wealthy women like, Miss Sally Tompkins of Richmond, Virginia, help fund permanent hospitals (“Highlights in the History of Military Women” Education). Providing medical care during times of conflict was one of the only socially accepted ways in which women could contribute to the war effort during the early wars. Dr. Mary Walker is the only women to receive the Medal of Honor, due to the healthcare she provided during the Civil

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