Should Women be Allowed to Join More Roles in the Military?

Should Women be Allowed to Join More Roles in the Military?

For most of American history, people serving in combat were overwhelmingly male. In America now, women in the military is a lot more common. Although women are allowed to join all branches of the military, they are restricted to what roles they can partake in. Currently, the United States Army says that 78 percent of its positions are open to women. However, the Pentagon is now weighing in decisions about exactly what combat roles women will be allowed to fill. The decision is expected to be made later this year. As far as roles that women are not allowed to partake in, they cannot serve as special forces soldiers, special operations units, enlisted positions on submarines, and cannot be apart of the Navy Seals. The most questioned aspect behind this restriction is the possible discrimination towards women and their strength. Personally speaking, I do not believe that the reason women are not allowed to have certain roles in the military is just simply because they are female. According to Discovery News, traditional attitudes make many people uncomfortable with the idea of women fighting and unable to handle the image of mothers coming home in body bags. Even though women are not able to take part in as many roles as men, they still have great success in the roles they can. In 2004, Colonel Linda McTague became the first woman commander of a fighter squadron in U.S. Air Force history. One lady in particular who was in the military that might come in shock is Bea Arthur. Best known for her acting on the popular television shows “Maude” and “The Golden Girls”, Arthur was also once a truck driver in the Marine Corps. She was one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve as well as being a typist. Everyone says that if you have the right mindset and want what you are shooting for that you can achieve it. Recently, women are taking more active roles in the military, such as serving on the front lines and also as peacekeepers in our world’s hot spots. So I guess what they say is true. A big step in women being open to all ground combat jobs was taken place in 2016. An article from National Geographic shows that for every 100 women in the U.S. military, 32 join the Army, 30 join the Navy, 30 join the Air Force, and 8 join the Marine Corps. Focusing on the Marine Corps, of the 38,000 that are recruited each year around 3,500 are women. In total 20 percent of the U.S. military are women. It is not a cakewalk for the women who go into the military either just because they are female. The corps female recruits’ training is designed to be identical to the men’s training. Perhaps the most important argument for maintaining gender equality at every level is that it is necessary to truly enable women to have successful careers within the military. “Many of the positions currently banning women are necessary for career development and success,” says a SWAN representative. When doing research I noticed that not a lot of other articles and such aren’t asking people currently enrolled in the service how they feel on this topic. So I reached out to my cousin Thomas Lisovich a LAV Technician in the Marine Corps about how he feels about this. “I’m a strong believer that as long as they are physically performing all the tasks that the job entails I see no reason they shouldn’t be allowed to do that job. So long as they can perform to the same standards as their male counterparts” said Cpl. Lisovich. At the end of the day, both men and women fight for this great country we live in, and without them, it wouldn’t be possible. So regardless if a soldier is male or female we all should give them our utmost respect and be thankful for their service.