How Gender Neutrality During Combat Occupations? Effects On Force Readiness
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Gender Neutrality in Combat Occupations
Effects on Force Readiness
On January 1st, 2016 all previously closed military occupational specialties, more commonly referred to as MOS’s, we opened to the female military population. This has sparked concerns and controversy in its own right. Both sides of the argument, those for it and those against it, have made valid points yet, there had not really been any evidence to support either party. In 2015, as this policy change was being announced, the United States Marine Corps formally requested an exemption from this change in policy The Marine Corps Commandant, Now Joint Chief of Staff General Joseph Francis Dunford, Jr., made this recommendation which would continue to ban women from some combat jobs. General Dunford proposed this to The United States Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. The Secretary of the Navy stated that no such request would be considered.
One could argue that this situation is bias and sexist but, the very nature of what can result from not taking certain aspects in to consideration could have strong repercussions. Women have been integrated into every other aspect of the U.S military force with great success. About 90% of military occupations have been open to women for a long time. Women have demonstrated their ability to lead and successes in male dominated occupations. The main fundamental difference between all jobs and combat occupations is real simple. One goes to combat to fight with the