Now women are found on the fronts lines. Also, during World War II, women who were nurses at Pearl Harbor came into a combat situation in which they were to engage and kill the enemy (Manilla Bulletin). An increase of women in the military has impacted the military by having different job roles, expanding military positions, and increasing more sexual assaults. The first reason women affect the military is their roles. Women in combat have served as long as men have and for many years have not been treated as equally as the men.
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In the Army, women do not have to score as high as the men on the physical fitness test, further backing the argument about physical strength. Women, on average, have less upper-body strength, less muscle mass, and a lighter skeleton, which could lead to an increased risk of structural injury (Owens). If women were assigned to the front lines, they may not be capable of doing the physically demanding jobs such as handling Howitzer munitions (Owens). There is a feeling of a double standard because men are held to higher physical fitness requirements than women. If women are interested in combat positions, then they should be expected to perform at the same level physically ... ... middle of paper ... ...posing Viewpoints Resource Center.
Women in Combat Women have played a tremendous role in many countries' armed forces from the past to the present. Women have thoroughly integrated into the armed forces; all positions in the armed forces should be fully accessible to women who can compete with men intellectually and physically. Yet, many argue that the distinction between combat and non-combat becomes blurred in the context of women warfare (Ladin; Holm, Hoar). In actuality, many women are assigned to jobs that will expose them to enemy attack, and this has been openly acknowledged by the top Pentagon officials. The United States Army has also recognized that women would be deployed in combat zones as an inevitable consequence of their assignments.
Gender Discrimination: A Woman’s Fight In life, we are all told we can do what we set our minds to and become what we want. We have been told that we are all equals and have equal chances, but what about women in the military? Not only have women have to deal with no being able to hold certain positions in the army, but they also have to deal with cruelty and harassment from fellow veterans due to their gender. Even though women can do the job just as well as men, it is not realized that veteran is not a gender-specific word for just men (Arntz). Along with not being able to hold certain positions and being harassed, they also have to deal with the after effects that come along with what they have suffered through.
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Military studies are relevant to women's history, because they serve to illuminate the extremely demanding conditions under which women have successfully served in, or in support of the US Armed Forces. An improved understanding of this facet of history serves to inform the contemporary debate over women in the military and provides a useful field of study for women seeking to enter the profession of arms. Throughout history woman have fought for many rights, because they felt as though they should be held as the same equal as their male counterparts. They have fought for a few rights like: voting, being able to have jobs, and the right to fight in the military. Woman in the military has been a hot topic for a very long time and still reigns true today.
Even though 14 percent of the military`s 1.4 million are women, they are still asking to fight on the front line (Harris 1). Women should fight in combat situations because they have changed people`s mind about war and everyone is given an equal chance; however many women cannot meet requirements set by men. Women have changed people`s ideas on war for the past two centuries of American history. “People are realizing females have contributed to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” stated Professor Megan Mackenzie (Harris 2). Although women are not fighting on the front lines, they help in many different ways in the military such as being nurses and women Air force Service Pilots.
These mixed feelings may cause trouble among the ranks of female soldiers. Regardless, some people say that this will be a good change, and that woman should have the opportunity to fight in combat like their male counterparts. However, others argue that once the ban removal is in full effect, many significant problems will arise on both the battlefield and in the states. I propose that the United States military should continue with the ban removal, but with certain safeguards and restrictions put in place for the benefit of our female soldiers. Women have every right to serve and fight for their home and their country.