Military, Army and War - No Women in Combat

Military, Army and War - No Women in Combat
Three Works Cited Fog covered forests, heat blasted deserts, mortar destroyed landscapes. These are just a few of the scenarios encountered on the modern day battlefield. The present day warrior needs to be decisive, emotionally stable, physically immovable and a natural born killer. Do women fit any of these descriptions? Should a woman be permitted to enter into combat situations? Some argue that it is a woman?s right to be fighting along side other men. Others agree that by not letting women in ground troops her rights are being taken away. A woman can be anything that she wants but when she tries to prove that she is just as good as a man in combat she could be putting herself in very dangerous situations that could effect her and her unit.Many agree, that in certain military occupations, women can function at the same level as men. The controversy about having women fighting with men in wars is the fact that they have a different physical structure, deal with stress and emotions differently , are more susceptible to injury and just don?t have the killer instinct necessary to get the job done. Although the last statement might appear to be a stereotype, most women would not be capable of supporting the demanding rigors of war-like situations. It would be a great mistake to allow women in these stressful and dangerous situations.

One of the most important factors that shows how women are not as effective as men in combat situations is the obvious fact that they perform on different physical levels. Other important points are the fact that women are much more susceptible to injury than men. These factors could weigh heavily for the competence and effectiveness of a normally trained woman in battle. Jason Gertzen of the Omaha World-Herald states, ?Studies show that women in Army basic training are between 2 and 3 times more likely to develop stress fractures that could delay their young military careers , or even bring them to a quick end.?(1) This statement defines the most important reason of leaving women in less hazardous elements. The reason is the physical difference. Included in the physical differences is the needed health care related with menstruation and special hygiene needs. As Gertzen noted, this could damage their productivity as soldiers and ruin their young military careers. ?Military women have unique health-care and equipment needs, Taking care of basic hygiene, for example, can be complicated for a woman in a war zone.?noted Col. Irene Rich in the same article.(2) Included in the physical differences is the needed health care related with menstruation and special hygiene needs.



The environment of war includes many variables that the men must overcome and make quick and well educated decisions. When worrying about health-care and hygiene during war a soldier cannot make good decisions. Col. Rich noted an important point, " Women in the Persian Gulf War often traveled in the back of trucks with male soldiers. Some of the areas were so littered with land mines that it was unsafe to walk even a few feet from the truck. The men were able to urinate while standing in a corner of the bed. But the women did not have portable toilets or even rudimentary chamber pots."(3) As seen in this statement by Col. Rich women have special needs that cannot be met. Not only would these factors cause her to perform less effectively, it would also affect the way other soldiers treat her. She could be hurt in many ways. When all of the bullets have run out and a hill must be taken, the bayonets are attached and close combat becomes the next step in combat. How can we ask that women be placed in this situation? Any male opponent could easily overcome and defeat a women in close combat. Just thinking about having to defend your life with a 39 inch rifle with knife at the end of it could cause any normal man to quiver for fear of losing his life. Both men and women need to overcome this fear but this type of situation could put added stress on the fragile mind set of a women. This type of situation cannot be simulated in training with rubber knives and other recruits training as the enemy. If women are allowed to enter the combat environment they will not physically support the stress of staying alive.



Some may argue that a female can do anything that a male can do or that by not allowing the women into combat that we are taking away her rights. Lt. Col. Robert L. Maginnis in his article from the Knight-Ridder/Tribune adds " Because of undeniable differences in speed, strength and endurance between men and women, women will always be in greater danger than men on the battlefield just as they are in some urban combat zones. In terms of modern-day combat, women do not have and equal opportunity to survive."(4) Some argue that it is a women?s right to be in combat, but anyone will agree that equal opportunity does not play part in combat. ?Feminists and their supporters want to gender-neutralize the military be incrementally ditching common sense policies. This latest study, which claims that women can be trained to be like men, contributes to this misguided ideology, weakens the force structure at its core, and puts America?s military personnel in peril.? continues Lt. Col. Maginnis. (4) When we try to force and shove women into dangerous situations, we are ignoring their rights instead of protecting them.



One of the most deciding factors of staying alive in war is how well a soldier can control his emotions and deal with adverse conditions. Robert K. Landers, writer for Congressional Quarterly uses the story of former secretary of the Navy, James Webb to depict the true conditions of war. Webb states, " We became vicious and aggressive and debased and reveled in it , because combat is all of those things and we were surviving. I once woke up in the middle of the night to the sounds of one of my machine gunners stabbing an already-dead enemy soldier, emptying his fear and frustrations into the corpse?s chest." (2) In the situations the Mr. Webb described each person deals with his fears and anger in different ways. Stabbing the enemy?s chest was one soldier?s way of surviving the rigors of war. It is very possible that the stress would overwhelm the sensitive emotional structure of a women. This could lead to many things including, weakening unit strength, higher levels of stress that could effect combat awareness and possibly suicide. The emotions that we have under a normal day conditions have a great affect on our health and how we interact with others. When we put these emotions under extreme stress and add violence, death and fatigue surly the emotional state of most women would deteriorate at faster rates than that of men?s. When this happens the person cannot function at the needed level to preform the mission.



According to Fawn Vrazo?s article entitled ?Should she fight? women have more to offer the military other than secretary positions and pencil pushing jobs. Many think that women belong along side men on the battlefield. Vrazo uses the example of Capt. Linda Bray who commanded MP units against the Panama Defense Forces. This action raised many eyebrows and got the Feminists thinking. In one isolated event a woman was given the chance to lead soldiers into combat. We have many examples of women fighting in war. One of the most memorable is that of Molly Pitcher in the revolutionary war and how she took over the cannon that her husband was using before he died. The military is very important and vital to the progression of female rights. On the other hand with a sufficient amount men soldiers to fight in our wars we don?t need to place the women in dangerous situations.

In a personal interview with Gunnery Sergeant Massey of the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting in St. George Utah, very valuable insights on the service of women in combat were stated. He concluded that the American military needs women to perform certain tasks. Some of the functions that women can perform included, administration, electronics, aviation, almost all fields of work except Combat and combat related fields. His occupation as a combat engineer has taken him all over the world and has put him in contact with many different people. His words are very valuable in terms of women in combat. In his 17 years of service in a combat arms mos he saw where women could function to get the best desired results.



While conducting the interview a female recruit was present and stated that she has a neutral stance as to the idea of letting women into combat but when they let them in she would be the first to go. Most women are satisfied with their jobs in the military and would remain satisfied.

No one wants to go to war and be put in fatal situations but many feminists and supporter feel that it is necessary to place women in these deadly situations. Other than the physical and emotional differences many factors come into play that could affect how women perform in dangerous situations. Women are doing an outstanding job performing and magnifying their current positions in the military. We need to be satisfied and recognize our limitations as humans and soldiers. The role of women has always played an important role in military history. By leaving them out of combat their reputation can remain untainted.

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