Moss 1 Christian Moss Mrs. Suzanne EN 1113-30 06 March 2013 An Annotated Bibliography for Women on the Front Lines Thesis: It is the duty of the Pentagon to protect the service men and women of the nation’s military. Therefore, the Pentagon should reverse its decision to allow women in combat because service women have a higher risk of injury or death due to their feminine weaknesses. "APFT Standards." US Army Basic APFT Standards Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2013. This document issued by the Pentagon and US Army illustrates the physical standard differences between men and women soldiers. The document shows that women are expected to perform at a lower standard than their male counterparts in all categories of exercise. The document also shows the gap between men and women physical standards increasing with age. I will use this document to argue that women are too weak to serve in combat if they cannot perform the same amount of physical exercise as their male enemies. Hopkins-Chadwick, Denise L. "The Health Readiness Of Junior Enlisted Military Women: The Social Determinants Of Health Model And Research Questions." Military Medicine 171.6 (2006): 544-549. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition. Web. 12 Feb. 2013. In this study, Hopkins-Chadwick focuses on the general life and health of military women. The study found that only a few women in the military hold high ranking
Moss 2 positions. The study also found that women are more likely to be stressed due to family issues. I will use this study to argue that women will not be able to perform efficiently in combat while dealing with all the extra stress they carry. I will also use the study to argue that if women are allowed in combat, they will soon start demanding higher ranked positions even though they might not necessarily deserve them. James Martin, et al. "Mental And Physical Health Status And Alcohol And Drug Use Following Return From Deployment To Iraq Or Afghanistan." American Journal Of Public Health 102.S1 (2012): S66-S73. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition. Web. 12 Feb. 2013. In this study, Martin observes the difference in alcohol and drug use between men and women returning from deployment. The study found that the risk of alcohol and drug use was high in both men and women but more prevalent in men. The study does acknowledge that men have seen way more intense combat than their female counterparts. This study will allow me to argue that if women are allowed in combat then the rate of alcohol and drug use following combat in women will most likely increase. Jim Michaels@jimmichaelsUSA, TODAY. "Strength key in women-in-combat debate." USA Today n.d.: Newspaper Source. Web. 5 Mar. 2013. In this article, Jim Michaels discusses the recent decision to allow women in combat by the Pentagon and the latest argument that questions the physical ability of women. Michaels finds that there would have to be a “gender-neutral test” for isolating physical requirements between men and women, according to Col. Jon Aytes. I will use this find by Michaels to argue that by implementing this new gender-neutral test, the standards on
Moss 3 male soldiers will decrease. I will also argue that this decrease in standards will create a weaker military that benefits no one but the enemy. Kwolek, Laurie A., Cristóbal S. Berry-Cabán, and Sean F. Thomas. "Pregnant Soldiers' Participation In Physical Training: A Descriptive Study." Military Medicine 176.8 (2011): 926-931. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition. Web. 12 Feb. 2013. In this study, Kwolek observed the Pregnant Soldiers Wellness Program and its overall effectiveness on military women following pregnancy. The study found that the program benefited many of the participants which allowed the women to meet postpartum weight/height requirements. I will use this study to argue that although the PSWP is a success, it is also an additional program that will require more funding. I will argue that during times of...
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