Are you willing to help serve our country? You are going to be reading about the pro and cons about women in combat. supporters of women in combat believe that women should serve in combat because women are just as competent as men. Critics of women in combat believe that women are more emotional than men because the way our brains work. Studies found that women feel pain, make social decisions, and cope with stress differently.
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.
Many agree, that in certain military occupations, women can function at the same level as men. The controversy about having women fighting with men in wars is the fact that they have a different physical structure, deal with stress and emotions differently , are more susceptible to injury and just don't have the killer instinct necessary to get the job done. Although the last statement might appear to be a stereotype, most women would not be capable of supporting the demanding rigors of war-like situations. It would be a great mistake to allow women in these stressful and dangerous situations. 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.
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.
I say women should stand back and fight for their rights. All women should be able to fight in combat because men aren’t always emotionally stable, to further support women’s rights and they are no different than men. Women should be able to fight in combat because men aren’t always emotionally stable. Men say women can’t carry their own body weight. Women would have to be able to do that to get whoevers hurt on the battlefield out of harm’s way.
The Problem The problem with the United States Armed Forces is that women are not allowed in combat. Not including women in the combat policy will not strengthen the Armed Forces but will weaken them. Women in the combat are a controversial topic. During the several wars, women were used in a many capacities, including nursing, spying, supplying and maintaining camps, as well as the occasional combat activity as necessary. The controversy of today has a lot to do with the role of women in combat, and how their presence will impact male soldiers.
Women in Combat 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.
This was the unfortunate case for military women during World War II. Recruits for the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) were not respected as their male counterparts were. To many, their enthusiastic involvement in military work was an anomaly and threat to both men and gender norms. As such, they were treated not as humans, but as women, an inferior being who needed guidance, rules to abide by, and others to control the most intimate aspects of their lives. The belief that women are the gentler, weaker sex is one that has been held since the dawn of time.
(1)- Women are not allowed to participate in combat, which is most often how a promotion is achieved. The reasoning behind this problem is feelings and beliefs about gender integration would harm how effective a combat unit would be. (2)- There is a much higher turnover rate with women than there is with their male colleagues. Women are not as likely to remain in service as long as men and are less likely to view the military as a permanent or long-term career which will affect their chances at a promotion. (Sagalyn, 2011).
The first wave of feminism built on this activism as women organized under the unifying banner of female suffrage (Anderson 1993). Part of the rationale that women offered for extending the vote to their gender rested on women's presumed moral superiority to men and the civilian influence of their participation the state: "World peace, social harmony and the well-being of humanity will only exist when women get the vote and are able to help men make the laws"(Wishmia 1991). The media has portrayed the debate on women in combat depicts women soldiers as a monolithic group fighting for rights that men would rather continue to deny them; however, as a United States Army Veteran I hardly agree. Enlisted women and women of color particularly are likely to oppose assigning women to combat military occupational specialties (MOSs).