G.I. Joe, the white and brave American male soldier, was firmly the symbol of American freedom and patriotism during WWII. Meanwhile, women were encouraged to be nurses, mothers, and some were paraded around as tokens of “equality” like Rosie the Riveter and “Marinettes.” Now, the second World War has been pointed to as a turning point in women's rights. However, few Americans recognized the achievements of women and most even discouraged them. Because the many contributions of women during WWII went unnoticed, even today, Americans need to learn the sacrifices many women made while still being treated as less than a man.
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.
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. Women have been honorably serving in the military for decades. The current wars of this generation are unlike any others fought in the past. Technological advancements have changed the way many jobs are completed, making them more mechanized and less strength-dependent.
Throughout history war and fighting have always been seen as a strictly masculine endeavor, yet women have always been involved in one way or another. Whether tending to the sick, doing clerical or logistical-support jobs or disguised as men and fighting in the front lines, women throughout history have found ways to help serve and defend their homes and country. Women have always been considered the weaker sex and traditionally their place has always been in the home caring for the family, certainly not out defending the country. Over the last couple decades however, society has gradually become more comfortable with the idea of women serving in the military. There are about a dozen countries worldwide that have allowed women to serve in every position in their military, including combat and submarine units, for many years.
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.
The Civil War was a fight between the north and the south. During this war, women had many roles that contributed to the outcome; the women helped fought in the war; they acted as nurses, and the Civil War affected them significantly. Women helped fought in the Civil War in a number of ways, even though it may not be physically. Women at this point in time were prohibited to join the military; yet, over 400 women assisted as soldiers in the Civil War. In order to join the military, they had to disguise themselves as men and change their names to something more masculine.
Women have fought alongside men in the United States Military in every major battle since the American Revolution. The roles of women in the military have evolved over time to allow the incorporation of women in expanding military career fields. Women have proven themselves to be an asset to the military despite some of society believing women would weaken America’s military effectiveness. Today more than 200,000 women are active-duty military, this is about 14.5% of all military. Currently, women are involved in all branches of the Armed Forces; there are around 74,000 women in the Army, 62,000 in the Air Force, 53,000 in the Navy, and 14,000 in the Marine Corps (By the numbers: Women in the U.S. Military).