Women in the Military

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Gender integration in the military has always faced the question of social acceptance, whether society can accept how women will be treated and respected in the military. Throughout the history of the military, our leadership has always sought ways in how to integrate without upsetting the general public if our females were captured as prisoners of war, raped, discriminated or even blown up in combat. My paper will discuss three situations pertaining to the first female submariner, fighter pilot and infantry graduate. I will also discuss some of the arguments that male military leaders and lawmakers opposed the integration of women: lack of strength, endurance, and the disruption of unit cohesion. I will end this paper with my personnel …show more content…
Even though, women make up approximately 15 percent of the U.S Military, and in the past decade more than 280,000 women have deployed in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan wars. On January 24, 2013, combat MOS’s were officially opened to women, although women have been serving in branches such as military police, artillery and transportation. In all of these branches, women are required to be on the front lines and serve in leadership positions. More than 145 women have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 860 women have been wounded (Biank).
The Navy supports the rescission of 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment rule and is working on an implementation plan. This plan will integrate women into newly opened positions and reduce gender based barriers to women’s service. In December 2013 the first three female submariners have earned their “dolphins” out of 17 officers who began sub force’s integration last year. This award establishes their status as fully qualified submarine offices. After a rigorous two year training at home base and at sea, these three females have shattered the Navy’s glass ceiling. The sentiment of accomplishment and thrilled feeling to be a member of one the most élite communities in the Navy was shared not just by the

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