Women in Combat
ENG101 HS-ECA: Composition I
November 20, 2014
Times are changing; Today’s military is facing its own internal battle. This fight is called equality to all men and women. Today these organizations find themselves face to face with a lingering decision that has been looming over its head for decades. Should the military allow women in combat arms units? There are many people who feel that this will create problems such as gender roles confusion, woman are not physically or mentally built for these jobs, and that men will not be able to control themselves around women in a combat setting. While others feel that there should not be any limitations set on women because of their genetic makeup; however there are some women who are stronger than some men. Also, that men should know how to conduct themselves around women and saying so is outrageous because there are many women who are serving in a support occupation are on the front line with men every day in today’s conflicts. Women in Combat
There are many issues in the United States military, one of which is whether female Soldiers and Marines should be allowed into combat roles and Military Occupation Specialties (MOSs), let alone ground combat units. The effects of females in these roles and units and the overall mission success need to consider. “Women have been serving in the military since the Armed Services Integration Act became took effect in 1948” (MacKenzie, 2013, par.7). Being a former soldier of almost 12 years, I have seen what women in these positions do to the military and these units. I have seen both sides of the spectrum when it comes to this issue. I have seen firsthand the effects of having females in all male units and MOSs. Women should be allowed in Combat Roles or Military Occupation Specialties (MOS). Women may smaller in size and not quite as physically strong as men; however they are just as mentally tough, if not more. While some MOSs are physically designed for men, women having been proving themselves every day that they can do the same things their male counterparts are doing. They are starting to make the needed efforts to prove themselves in the high physical demanding roles. “Women are now allowed to try and join elite groups such as the Navy S.E.A.L.S, Army Rangers or on Special Forces squadrons. Female Soldiers who are able to pass the rigorous selection processes are now serving in Afghanistan alongside with Army Rangers and Special Forces teams” (Dreazen, 2011). As quoted by a philosopher C. Joybell (2012),
“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her, but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.” Since 2009 women have also been integrated into combat units in groups such as Lioness Teams, which in turn; the military has started creating Female Engagement Teams (FETs). These FET teams have conducted almost 100 search-and-engagement missions in Afghanistan, and have been used in Iraq to question the women along with searching them if needed as it is seen as wrong and immoral for a man to search them (MacKenzie, 2013). In April 2012, The Army opened six new combat related MOSs to women that include 12B combat engineer, 13B cannon crewmember, 11B infantryman, and 19K M1 armor crewman (MacKenzie, 2013). There have even been talks that the Marine Corps will also soon be following suit. In saying that, they will still have to complete the same requirements as men, which seem to be very doable by all means. Women can be ready for any combat situation if properly trained and prepared. It takes physical strength not mental strength to pull a trigger; and women are proving themselves more and more when it comes to this. Women have been earning the right to join their brothers on the frontlines as soon as the graduated from boot...
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