Women During The Revolutionary War

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Through the deaths and the injuries, through the explosions and gunfire, through the heartache and brokenness, women have been serving in the military one way or another. Since the beginning of time, women have been fighting for their rights. They fought for their right to work, they fought for their right to vote, and they fought for their right to be in the military. Beginning in the Revolutionary War, women were allowed to join the military as nurses and support staff. Since then, they have gradually been able to do more tasks and jobs that the men do. Today, the conflict is whether or not women should be allowed to fight in military combat. The argument is controversial, and will more than likely be a never-ending debate. In 2013, the ground policy rule was “scrapped” under orders of the congress. This regulation stated that no woman could occupy any assignment to a unit blow brigade level which has the primary mission of engaging in direct ground contact, which according to the Alliance for National Defense is “…engaging the enemy on the ground with individual or crew served weapons, while being exposed to hostile fire and to a high probability of direct and physical contact with the hostile force’s personnel. It takes place well forward on the battlefield while locating and closing with the enemy to defeat them by fire, maneuver, or shock effect.” The ground combat exclusion rule gave the Army and Marine Corps the power to preserve their already existing policies that
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