In fact, “‘combat exclusion actually exacerbates gender tensions and problems within the military because the fact that women can't be in combat arms jobs allows us to be portrayed as less than fully soldiers.’ Fully integrating women could therefore begin to address two major issues for the U.S. military: enhancing diversity and equality and also weakening the masculine culture that may contribute to harassment” (McKenzie). Women in combat roles are beneficial to their units and the United States military, who made the correct choice by opening up combat roles to women. Many countries have made this choice, some decades before, and they have not gone back which suggests that they receive a benefit from including women equally in their armed forces. A similar path lies ahead for the US because of the benefit women bring.
Women and the Draft Men have always been looked upon as the leading sex. Looking back through history women have been the ones who take care of the home and children, while men are the ones who work and go to war. However in recent years there’s no doubt that women have become much more equal in the work force. Nevertheless men are still the ones who are forced to fight our wars when the time calls for it. Many think that women should be entirely equal to men having their choice to be drafted taken away but the fact is that they are physically at a disadvantage, too emotionally oriented, and the increase of female presence would have a more negative impact in the military in the way of social interactions.
Women In Combat 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.
Over the years, several soldiers have given their lives up to protect the citizens of America. Not many realize that many of these soldiers are women and have played a major role in fighting for our country. Whether they were stationed to provide medical assistance or fought on the front lines is not important. Their participation alone, with a simple motivation to preserve the peace and security of the United States, should be applauded more than it has been today. Despite biological differences, women have significantly contributed to the military over the years through their medical services and their participation in 95% of all military occupations, and, therefore, all constituents of U.S. armed forces should reinforce the idea of women in combat in order to eliminate the sexist stereotypes prevalent today.
Her experience shows that the time is right to blast through the armored ceiling that keeps women second-class citizens in the military. You might think, if you watch Operation Iraqi Freedom on TV or read about it in the newspaper, that the military already has been fully integrated with regard to gender. But you would be wrong. Yes, Progress has been made - Over the last fifty years or more, public officials have fought to open more opportunities for women. In 1948, President Truman helped create a military service separate for females.
“Assigning women to combat is a radical attack on the natural complementary of the sexes.” (Kirkwood) We live in a time where women can run for president and leave the house instead of staying home as a housewife. Women are competing in the Olympics and becoming cops. So the question is, “should women be allowed in combat?” Women have been in combat since the late 1700s so why not let it stay that way. Women should be allowed in combat because they are already serving in combat. Research from the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) shows that a positive impact was resulted from women who contributed to combat in Iraq (Women Should be…).
article “Navy Mothers Experiencing and Not Experiencing Deployment: Reasons for Staying in or Leaving the Military,” is a survey on the many reasons why navy mothers would chose to leave or stay in the army. Together, both articles focus on the role that motherhood plays in the military. To begin, Vuic’s main purpose for this article was to present a chronological study on how the army struggled to incorporate new changes for wives and mothers during the Vietnam War. The Army Nurse Corps only wanted single women with no dependants but they had to change their policies during the Vietnam War because women were marrying younger and wanted to have children. The Army Nurse Corps could not afford to discharge their nurses on the basis of marriage and motherhood.
For years, women have served and sacrificed for our country. Women, however, do not receive the same rights as men. “....About ten percent of Marine Corps and Army occupational specialities are closed to women...” (Elayne). Just because you are a woman, that does not mean you are incapable. One of the restrictions for women in the military is that they are banned from serving in ground combat jobs.
Lastly, although many girls of today consider diverse jobs, some are hindered by their gender. Although it is said that women are treated equal to men, it is not true and more measures should be taken and more effort put into equalizing men and women. Women have never been scientifically proven to be inferior to men. It is generally true that men have better physical features for physical work. Nevertheless, it has been proven that women mature faster, learn faster and they are not as easily sidetracked.
Yet there is still discrimination on the most basic topic; women and men equality. Although women are achieving the same standards as men and having the same training; the military is holding women back for no reason. In 1994, the Pentagon ruled that women are restrained from artillery, armor, infantry, and many other combat duty, although many females always find themselves in combat. Still, hundreds of women has served in these problems. But still they are doing their job with all these restrictions.