John Carlo Pamintuan
November 9 2013
Women in Combat
Thesis: Women should be allowed to serve in combat.
I. Introduction- Background to issue
II. It is a women’s right to be able to serve honorably in combat. A. Women have been in combat for a long quite a while.
B. Liberty is something America lives by
III. Mixed gender will generate a better discipline military. A. Men behave better when women are around.
B. Better treatment of women in the military will improve effectiveness and commitment. IV. Women are better at different military aspects than men. Appointing women to different positions will increase military efficiency. A. Women have served as cooks, nurses, and other jobs in the battlefield. V. Counter Argument
A. Women are mentally and physically weak.
i. Women who are mentally and physically weak may go through training and conditioning. Women that are ready can be sent to combat. B. Mixed gender may affect military cohesion.
i. Men also affect military cohesion. Refusing to work with women is a form of sexism and causes military goals to sidetrack. Disputes between the sexes serves as a test to how unified troops are and how well problems are dealt with.
John Carlo Pamintuan
November 9, 2013
Women in Combat
The military is composed mainly of men. It is a country’s main line of defense from internal and external forces that bring about harm. In order to be effective in achieving the safety of a nation, physical and mental ability is essential. Therefore men are usually preferred for the task and it is easy to be biased towards women due to gender role stereotypes. While this may be true, women have been serving in the armed forces for quite a while. Although considerable amounts of people oppose women in combat, many are beginning to condone the idea for the purposes of individual rights, better social relationships, and gender equality.
One argument is that it is simply a women’s right to be able to serve in combat. According to “Women in the Military” by Marcia Clemmitt, thousands of women have served in the Middle East with great sacrifice. It is an honorable duty to serve in combat, and it would be unfair and dishonorable to deprive women of such duty. The passage, “Women’s Combat Role on Front Burner” states that as an American citizen, serving in the military is a right bestowed to anyone. Every human being should have equal rights regardless of their gender.
Another argument is that mixed gender in the military will generate better relationships. Compared to just single friendships between dominant male pals, to have women as part of the social group is distinct. According to the article “Best Practices To Improve The Gender Balance” by NATO, the presence of women keep men tamed. Effectiveness and commitment is also better when women are treated better in the military (NATO). I think that the presence of women in the military will lead to a fun disciplined experience within and outside the military.
The final argument is that women are better at different military aspects than men. According to the article “Women In Combat” by Rola H. Hassoun, by assigning capable women to different military aspects, armed forces are more effective. Women are just more superior to men in certain areas and it is not just a matter of physical strength (Hassoun). For centuries women have served in the military as cooks, laundresses, nurses and for once, a four star general as said in the site by “Highlights in the History of Military Women.” With enough training women can be just as good as men. One opposing viewpoint is the notion that women, particularly their female bodies, cannot carry out military tasks that require the mental and physical strength men possess. In the article “Whether or Not Women Are Allowed in Combat, the Military Serves the Patriarchy”, Ortiz states that the military and the nation...
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Evidence: “Men behave better in the presence of women.”
(“Best Practices To Improve The Gender Balance” NATO, Improving The Gender Balance 2007)
(Women in Combat.” Rola H.Hassoun, The Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality, 15 Feb. 2013.)
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