Boom did you see her she caught a grenade but she is not supposed to be in the combat field. Women in the army that extends over 400 years into the past throughout a large amount of cultures and nations. Although women are not allowed in the combat field but they play an important role in the army. About 33,000 jobs of the positions in the army are closed to woman because they were units that were designated as direct ground combat. That will change this year in units that are not under army special operations.
One of the restrictions for women in the military is that they are banned from serving in ground combat jobs. These restrictions make women unable to receive job assignments that could lead them to advancements in their careers. As said in New York Times, “Many women can do combat jobs just as well as men, if not better, but none have the chance to prove it.” Women have worked hard to get through the military, yet they are still limited as to what they are allowed to do. As said by Chamberlain, “... ... middle of paper ... ... unconstitutional act. We are all equals, and we should be treated as such.
Different dress codes also had to be created for women, as the current dress code was not tailored for a woman’s figure. There are also many liability issues associated with a woman in the armed service as well as current American cultural values being against women in the military. On June 12, 1948 the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act was created, allowing women to enlist in the military. However, most women could not follow certain aspects of the physical regimen; their bones and joints were being severely damaged during their physical training. It was soon discovered that woman’s bodies had not been built to sustain all the punishments of physical training that male bodies could.
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…). However, women shouldn’t be allowed in combat not because of their gender but because they aren’t capable of keeping up with combat tasks. This is shown by the physical traits of an average woman. Women in combat have lower physical strength than the average man (Donelly). In this paper we will find out whether or not women should be allowed to be in combat and how capable they are of being in combat.
In 1948, President Truman helped create a military service separate for females. However, this service restricted them to only 2% of the entire Military. More recently, in 1994, the Defense Department issued the “Risk Rule.” This helped open up specialty jobs to women. “No jobs will be closed to women just because it is dangerous.” (Willens 2) In fact, over 40,000 American women served in Dessert Storm in Iraq, twenty-three of which returned with a Combat Action Ribbon. But Even though Women have important jobs (most of them are life threatening) they are still not allowed on the front line.
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.
This is a form of discrimination. As a woman I am angry about the fact that women are not assigned to combat duty equally with men. Throughout history women have already proven themselves... ... middle of paper ... ...ut the idea of marriage and having children before they go into combat. While combat is dangerous, it does not mean that everyone that goes will be killed, but options still need to be weighed. The U.S. should just be like Nike and do it.
This states that Washington recognizes the policy; the policy basically establishes the inequality treatment of women in combat. In the military, serving in combat positions like the infantry remains crucial to career advancement. Women have long said that by not recognizing their real service, the military has unfairly held them back. There has been many discussion about discrimination. Yet there is still discrimination on the most basic topic; women and men equality.
(Sagalyn, 2011). The problem of women fighting in combat along with their male counterparts is not a one-sided problem. Elizabeth Hoisington has earned the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, leads the Women’s Army Corps and believes that women should not serve in combat because they are not as physically, mentally, or emotionally qualified as a male is and that ... ... middle of paper ... ..., which seems to happen all too often when it comes to the treatment of women in the military. Works Cited Bell, D. (2013, May 15). Arguing For and Against Women in Combat, in 1978.
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. In his career, General Martin Dempsey has noticed an improvement in the culture, discipline, and physical prowess since women first joined the military (Harris 2). Leon E. Panetta once stated that women are willing to fight and die alongside men, proving that everyone is committed to the job (Roulo 2). In November of 2012, four female soldiers planned to sue the Department of Defense because the “brass ceiling” was stopping them from proving they could fight (Harris 1). The American Civil Liberties Union and others supported them because they thought the military was discriminating against women (Harris 1).