Women's Fight For Women

1361 WordsApr 19, 20166 Pages
Women in Combat For a long time now women have been an important part of the U.S. military, having performed admirably in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The debate on whether women should play a role in combat has been a long standing debate that has not yet reached a consensus. According to Daniel Davis in his article “The Truth About Women in Ground Combat Roles” President Obama commended the December 3 decision by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to open all combat jobs to women. Many arguments have been raised in defense of military policy that bans women from combat roles. According to Megan Mackenzie in “Let Women Fight” nearly 214,098 women serve in the U.S. military, representing 14.6 percent of total service members. The main question or concern is not whether women are capable of conducting combat operations, but instead is can women endure the physical and physiological rigors of sustained combat operations. Many people who are against the involvement of women on the front line make the argument that with women entering combat the standards of the military will be lowered. Women have already proven their selves to be able to do just about as much as men can in a combat role. However, there are quite a few concerns when it comes to women serving in combat. For example, the physical ability of women. Majority of jobs in the armed forces are open equally to men and women, but there are some jobs to which women are not physically able to pursue. There

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