When it comes to combat assignments and the needs of the military, men take precedence over all other considerations, including career prospects of female service members. Female military members have been encouraged to pursue opportunities and career enhancement within the armed forces, which limit them only to the needs and good of the service due to women being not as “similarly situated” as their male counterparts when it comes to strength or aggressiveness, and are not able to handle combat situations.
But Even though Women have important jobs (most of them are life threatening) they are still not allowed on the front line. Women who fight as soldiers in artillery units, on warships, or pilots are “just as likely to kill or be killed in combat” (Jones 3). If a woman proves she is capable of passing the requirements of boot camp, then why shouldn’t she be able to prove herself out on the front line? If she tries to get the requirements lowered then she is obviously not able to handle it, but this goes for males too. “Women become physicians and surgeons with no restrictions- they are not precluded from performing brain surgery. Women can become civilia...
Many women around the world have big responsibilities in the military, and although some people may disagree, I believe they can handle anything a man can handle when it comes to being on the battlefield. Some people think that women should not be able to fight in the military, where as other people think they should be able to fight in the military. Each supporter and non-supporter has their own reasons. Some of the reasons for the non-supporters are because of their gender. They think that because they are women, they cannot handle the challenges that being on the battlefield brings. Women are willing to fight, and they know what can happen, they know exactly what can happen. They are willing to fight for their country, and I believe they should be able to. The men that fight for our country are against women fighting in combat. They believe that women are not capable of doing what they do to defend and fight for our country. The men feel that they cannot trust women to help back them up at war simply because of the fact that they are women.
In 1994 Secretary of Defense Les Aspen set in place a policy barring women from direct ground combat positions. That policy, which is still in effect today was based on a study done by an all male committee that looked more at social biases in determining it than at the facts needed to make such a policy. If that committee however would have looked at 3 areas of study and placed themselves in an unbiased state, they would have been able to make a policy that was supported by facts and figures and not by views and beliefs.
War has been a part of humanity almost as long as humanity itself. However, women at war have not been. History has many stories about exceptional women serving honorably on the battlefield. In many cases Women on the battlefield are liabilities. During World War II both the Soviets and Germans tried placing women on the front lines when they were desperate for fighting soldiers. Male troops forgot their combat responsibilities in order to protect the women fighting beside them. This made their units less effective and exposed them all to greater risk. Both the Soviets and the Germans later barred women from serving in combat. It is man's role to risk his life on a battlefield not a woman's. A woman's role is to support the man fighting in combat, whether it is serving as a soldier herself in a supporting role or staying home and caring for their family.
I believe women should not be in combat. Guys are more physically dominant in fighting in war. The women should just be able to clean and cook and just work around the house. You must have physical strength to fight and men have that more than women. It has nothing to do with brains, or patriotism, or dedication to duty. It’s a life-and-death issue, and that’s why I think women should not be in combat.
When it comes to having women serve in the military or a battleground one may be faced with the same questioned asked by West Point graduate Laura Canon, "What took the military so long to give women this chance?"(Briggs). This is certainly a fair enough question to ask. Tales of women warriors have often been the subject of past tales of glory, such as General Fu Hao of the Shang Dynasty or Mary Ludwig Hayes McCauley, who started off serving water to American troops on the battlegrounds of Monmouth, New Jersey, but later stepped into the warzone to replace her fallen husband. As evidenced by these past heroines, the idea of a woman in combat is certainly not a novel idea, but rather an idea unfairly molded into an undesirable position for a female in modern society. Contrary to popular belief, having a woman in combat would actually be beneficial, not just for women but for men too by achieving a new level in social equality.
This is due to the fact that there are actually very few women who question why they are not allowed in these combat units. One woman remarks that, “I certainly wouldn’t want to be in the infantry. A normal woman can’t carry a rucksack that the guys can... And, let’s face it, we would probably make things harder on everybody all around. No Way” (Moskos). This woman states from personal experience, that women are probably not a good fit for the infantry for several different reasons and there are not many women who disagree. Women make up fourteen percent of all soldiers, and out of that there is maybe a percent or two who have considered the direct combat units; therefore the question becomes “Where is the twenty percent that would join the elite groups?”
... on the battlefield…In direct combat, women would not have an equal opportunity to survive, or to help fellow soldiers survive.” (4)
Since 1901, women have been serving in some form of the military officially, however, women had an unofficial role dating back to the American Revolution. Traditionally women have not been allowed in combat occupations but recently these restrictions have been somewhat lifted, making certain combat occupations in most branches of the military available to women. Despite the lift complications arise from women being in combat occupations and it’s not just the physical differences, there is also the risk of sexual assault. Due to the detrimental impact on the military, soldiers, and society, women should not be allowed to be in combat occupations.
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.
Across the history, women suffer from lack of their rights. Many cultures and civilizations do not respect women and put them in the lower layers in their social pyramid. Some civilizations killed their baby girls, while other give them a life with a lot of misery and obstacles, at time was worse than death . Our the pas previous centuries, the world has changed and become more open. People's understanding is that they need women in a lot of jobs outside their home as men. Sadly, when we come to army and combat sector, we stop thinking logically. It is men's job and needed one hundred percent . The book "1001 things everyone should know about women's history" which written by Constance Jones (2000) shows that only 88013 women in history had the ability to take part in military by giving a variety of services. Some countries actually these days try to make it happen. For instance the first country that allowed women in military is Norway around 1985. Then, it followed by thirteen other countries. It is still a small percentage compared with the world. We should not forget that is a right of women to join army and take part in combat, because they are capable as men in adapting situation, they have the necessary mental ability, and they have the right to decide their own destiny.
Women have been fighting in wars since the late eighteen-hundreds even though until around WWI they were not permitted to serve. Originally women involved in battle had few jobs such as becoming nurses, spies, etc. while the men fought for days on end. What would happen if the two worlds collided? Women would cross-dress to fight alongside the men. This was common along the war front as women wanted to accompany their husbands or other family in battle, and some wanted to be patriotic and serve for their country. These women put their lives on the line and played the part of a comrade in war, and people believed them until they were discovered and sometimes sent back home. Although women had small roles as nurses, those who took on the important role of secretly becoming soldiers in battle ultimately changed women’s roles in society.
There are things men are meant for, and things women are meant for. War is a man’s world. Men have fought wars for thousands of years, and it was always meant to be men. But today we live in a society about equality and fairness, and most people don’t think about the consequences of being truly equal. Women do not belong in combat. Look at the facts.