Why Women Should Be Allowed to Participate in Combat

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Women Should be Allowed to Participate in Combat "When warring tribes fought over food or men during our first beginnings, those women were undoubtedly in combat…women warriors [later in history] were not considered so unusual…Joan of Arc and Bodecia fought as warriors. Women fought in the Civil War alongside their buddies, only to be found out once they were slain in battle" (Culture & Society) Introduction After years of discussion and debate it appears that soon women will be sent into combat operations in the United States military. This is the way it should be because women are ready and competent to be put into combat roles in the U.S. military. Indeed, slowly but surely, the Defense Department and Congress have been inching towards a decision that will formalize the policy; in fact the National Defense Authorization Act, put before Congress in May, 2012 by U.S. Senators John McCain and Carl Levin will in effect order the military "…to come up with a plan to send women into battle" (McAuliff, 2012). Hopes are high that this will be approved by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. The Literature on Women in Combat Roles Women are already fighting "shoulder-to-shoulder" with males in the U.S. military, according to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (McAuliff, 2012). In fact about 144 women have died "in action" in Afghanistan and Iraq, McAuliff's article explains. About 900 women have been wounded in battle, but currently there is no "formal
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