Women in Combat

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"I'm an American soldier too"
Can a woman handle fighting in combat? Should women be able to come face to face with the enemy? Will women be able to control their emotions and take the horror that war inflicts? Should women be grateful that they are not included in such a terrible thing as combat, or is it wrong to exclude them just because they are women? I say if a woman chooses this kind of challenge, then she is more than capable. During the daring rescue of prisoner of war Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital, the first commando to reach Lynch identified himself as a United States soldier. The 19-year-old Army private replied, "I'm an American soldier, too." Jessica Lynch is more than a soldier, she's a symbol, too — one who reportedly fought her abusive captors with heroism and courage. Her experience shows that the time is right to blast through the armored ceiling that keeps women second-class citizens in the military. You might think, if you watch Operation Iraqi Freedom on TV or read about it in the newspaper, that the military already has been fully integrated with regard to gender. But you would be wrong. Yes, Progress has been made - Over the last fifty years or more, public officials have fought to open more opportunities for women. In 1948, President Truman helped create a military service separate for females. However, this service restricted them to only 2% of the entire Military. More recently, in 1994, the Defense Department issued the "Risk Rule." This helped open up specialty jobs to women. "No jobs will be closed to women just because it is dangerous." (Willens 2) In fact, over 40,000 American women served in Dessert Storm in Iraq, twenty-three of which returned with a Combat Action Ribbon. But Even though Women have important jobs (most of them are life threatening) they are still not allowed on the front line. Women who fight as soldiers in artillery units, on warships, or pilots are "just as likely to kill or be killed in...
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