Women cannot be physically up to combat for this reason, women in P.E. have lower standards than men have to execute which extends a woman’s vulnerability in combat. In other words, there should only be one standard for the military, which is the men’s standard and even if a woman beats a certain
The United States military views its diverse force as one of its greatest assets. Senior Air Force leaders recognize the monumental contributions both men and women make in support of their country daily. Americans serving in any branch of service know it is not a nine-to-five job but rather a calling. It is about being a part of the Profession of Arms. Airmen are warriors. The third verse of the Air Force Airman’s Creed states, “I am an American Airman, Guardian of Freedom and Justice, My Nation’s Sword and Shield, its Sentry and Avenger. I defend my country with my Life” (Huguley, 2009, p.1). The word “Airmen” is gender neutral in the creed; yet, women who want to serve in combat roles are still denied the privilege. Now is the time for the all military branches of service to change both their views and policies regarding women in combat. This paper will explore the need for the military to change its views on women serving in combat roles, the arguments both for and against the change, and recommendations on how the change is a positive improvement for the Air Force.
Can a woman handle fighting in combat? Should women be able to come face to face with the enemy? Will women be able to control their emotions and take the horror that war inflicts? Should women be grateful that they are not included in such a terrible thing as combat, or is it wrong to exclude them just because they are women? I say if a woman chooses this kind of challenge, then she is more than capable.
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.
The military has rules against women serving in roles with a high probability of direct combat. The problem is women are assigned to the support units which are deployed along with the combat units ...
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.
Women have been in the military, or associated with combat for decades. “The most famous example of the ability of a woman to not only be involved in combat but to lead forces is that of Joan of Arc's legendary battles leading the French army when she was just a teenager.”(Gerber 1) Women have been involved in espionage and even posed as male soldiers during the Civil War. Conflicts such as, WWI, WWII, Panama, and as recent as our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan women have served with distinction in many ways. In our most recent conflict, over 100 military women have given the ultimate sacrifice. Today with changes in our society and the global environment in which we live two controversial arguments arise concerning women in combat. Basically the debate whether or not women should be allowed to participate in direct combat or not. As our society and cultural beliefs change so does what we except as social norms. Both sides of this argument bring many reasons for and against allowing women to participate in direct combat. Taking into account both views of this controversy it will show, that not only a social change has occurred, but the dynamics of the battlefield has in fact already placed female service members into direct combat.
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.
For many years, whether or not females should be allowed to participate in combat has been a profoundly controversial topic. My outlook on this is females should not join men side-by-side in battle. Only a handful of women are even able to reach the physical limits of men. Men, in some situations, may act recklessly to protect their female comrade or act dangerously towards them. Women who are discharged for a certain reason end up wasting money and time as well.
There are many people that believe women should be in combat because they train just as hard as men do. They know there is a chance of not going home or being away for
The United States has made it very obvious that women have a hard time in the military with gender discrimination while serving their country. According to McSally (2011), “women now make up 14.6 percent of the U.S. military” (p. 1). Women are restricted from serving in more than 220,000 of those positions in the military. Some of these positions are artillery, tanks, Special Forces, and combat engineering. Since 2001, more than 255,000 women have been deployed to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where more than 120 have been killed and 700 wounded (McSally, 2011, p. 2). The biggest problem with women being in the military is that they’re viewed as sexual prey. Also, women are paid lesser than men no matter what position they have.
One of the most important factors that shows how women are not as effective as men in combat situations is the obvious fact that they perform on different physical levels. Other important points are the fact that women are much more susceptible to injury than men. These factors could weigh heavily for th...
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