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Women in Combat

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“In a perfect world, every U.S. soldier would be an asexual brute with a stunningly high IQ who doesn't eat much, is adept at following orders and leery of challenging authority” (Thompson). As far as humankind is concerned, there have never been any soldiers like that anywhere in the world, let alone the United States military. Therefore, the standards for enlisting in military combat positions are as high as possible to ensure that we can create soldiers that are effective as these “perfect-world” soldiers. There are obviously men and women who are not able to meet these standards, but there are definitely also men and women who are highly capable of meeting and/or exceeding these standards. While some individuals feel that the biological differences between men and women in combat would put our military at a disadvantage, evidence and logic prove that they are misinformed. Women in combat are able to fulfill many front line jobs already, are not at any higher risk of death than living a civilian life at home, and have the right to fight at the same level as their counterparts if they are capable of meeting the standards for battle.
Nonetheless, there are still individuals who insist that women do not belong on the front lines. Former Army Ranger, Roger Chapman, argues that “it’s about winning a war, not providing an opportunity. At the end of the day it's about national security" (Musgrave). He believes that letting women participate in combat is not practical for our military and could ultimately be a disadvantage. Others add that the addition of women to the battlefront would cause the standards for soldiers to be “gender-neutral” being that they have a different body type. A report from the Congressional Research stated t...

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