Policy Introduction And Identification Of The Military Services And United States Special Operations Command

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Policy Introduction and Identification
In January of 2013, the Department of Defense set aside the “1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule” (Carter, 2015). This takes all restrictions off women allowing all who meet the qualifications to hold a combat role in the military. The Armed Forces have opened over 110,000 positions to women and have set their standards. Anyone, who can meet operationally relevant and gender neutral standards, regardless of gender, should have the opportunity to serve in any position (Carter, 2015). The Military Services and United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) were directed to implement this new change in policy by January 1, 2016 or submit an exception to this policy if they
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From the beginning of American history men have fought our battles, but little do people know women have always been in our nations battles. During the Revolutionary War women follow their husbands to war, many serve in camps as cooks and nurses but had to obtain permission from the commanding officer if they proved themselves helpful (U.S. ARMY, 2017). From 1782 to 1783 Deborah Sampson served over a year in General Washington’s army disguising herself as a man, until she was wounded; reveling her true gender and being honorably discharged. Skipping ahead to 1861 the America Civil War, women would serve as administrators of hospitals as well as cooks and nurses in both the Union and Confederate hospitals. From 1917 to 1918 World War I, women were allowed to join the military.
Throughout the last 2 years of World War 1 over 33,000 women served as nurses and support staff officially in the armed forces and more than 400 nurses die or are wounded in the line of duty.
Moving forward to World War II 1941-1945, more than 400,000 women serve at home and abroad as mechanics, nurses, ambulance drivers, pilots, and other non-combat roles. Eight-eight women were captured as POW’s (prisoners of war). In 1984 Congress passed the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act allowing women permanent military status and entitled to veteran’s benefits. In 1950- 1953 over 50,000 women served at home and abroad during the
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