* AuthorPeter Rivera
* TitleWomen in Special Forces
Women in Special Forces (Green Beret)
Dr. Beth Hogan
Women in Special Forces
In this paper I will present my position about women working in Special Forces (green berets). I will mention other countries that have women in combat positions or units. I will explain the job involvement of Special Forces, the training and qualifications required, and the job demands, both physical and mental when in a combat unit. Base on what I had seen and been true in my 22 years in the military I’ll have to disagree with women been in Special Forces or any combat unit for that matter. In today’s 21st century, women have been able to equal and in many cases surpass men in different jobs. In mentioning some of these jobs we can include jobs like construction, road workers, police force, certain military jobs and others. All these are demanding jobs and in some cases dangerous jobs. I have to recognize that they have done pretty good so far so why stop there, why not try to get into the combat Military Occupation Skills (MOS); other countries are doing it. Well is not that simple. The job of a combat soldier is about shooting, moving, and communicating. To do these and be successfully or in this case stay alive requires a great amount of strength, especially upper body strength, which by nature women don’t poses. At the moment there are countries that do allow women in their combat units like Labia, Israel, and possible Australia. Some countries go to the extreme with what they believe their women can and can’t do. For example, in countries like Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and others, the people believe that women were created just to serve and please the men. Women in these countries have no say in society or at home; they are supposed to cook, clean and have kids and that’s it. These countries are far from allowing their women to be in their military, and even farther from allowing them into combat units. In other countries it is all right for the women to serve in combat units and even die for what they believe. Countries like Libya allow women to train in combat and even have some serve as bodyguards for the former Head of State Muammar al-Gaddafi. Israel has women in the Mossad who are the Black OPS of their military which is similar to Delta Force or Special Forces. On Wednesday September 23, 2009, Taylor reported that “Australian women could serve in combat units including Special Forces” (qtd. in Taylor). Here in the United States there was, there is, and there will always be opposition to that. We are stuck in the middle of these believes, we do not oppress our women because we recognize how valuable they are, but we also understand what they were created for so we protect them. The job of Special Forces involves Unconventional Warfare which is really training guerrillas in enemy held territories. Foreign Internal Defense is used when a nation needs to purge lawlessness or protect itself from rogue nations. It’s also used in peace time to train or help friendly nations to develop their technical skills, understand human rights and help them with civil and humanitarian projects. Counterterrorist stop cells from forming by fighting terrorist and teaching other countries how to fight against terrorists. Direct Action is used when the element of surprise is needed like rescue missions, counter-drug operations, seize, capture or destroy (Schumacher 81). They are short missions that need to be executed with speed and accuracy. These jobs or missions were not created for women for the simple reason that they are dangerous and like I previously mentioned, we protect our females. The training of Special Forces have changed some from the way it use to be, but make no mistake about it, it is still very intense and demanding. The qualifications are basically the same with minor changes here and there. To begin...