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P a g e | 1 Women in the Military Women in the Military Brian H Hodge COM220 January 16, 2011
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When the U.S was first born there was a war and since that time there has been war for freedom, democracy, struggle of rights, and now freedom from oppression for a neighbor in the world. Considered this point, you are a women in the military and your job is one that is used on the front lines such as combat engineers for the army, you are give a order to enter a area were there has been fighting and is declared cleared without being truly cleared by a forward team, upon entering the area you begin your work and within moments you are being engaged by multiple enemy’s, now comes the part that the army says that women cannot be in combat roles and are not allowed to return fire unless captured by the enemy. Thus being said would you being in the situation described, would you fire back at the enemy or would you retreat and wait at a safe distance until further support arrived. Branch Women Total %women Army 76,193 556,045 13.5% Marine Corps 15,257 202,441 7.5% Navy 52,546 328,303 16.0% Air Force 64,275 334,196 16.2% Coast Guard 5,552 42,358 13.1% Total DOD 208,271 1,430,985 14.6% Total 213,823 1,473,343 14.5% The world that spins contains 172 countries that have armies ready to defend their nation, some containing high ranking women in the military, while some use women to boast moral in their troops. The factor of women in a traditional method setting has not seen true potential in the U.S until a landmark piece of American legislation was passed in 1948. The act said that women were allowed to serve in the armed forces and have the same benefits, and were subject to all the same rules as a regular service member. The main reason that the U.S holds the policy that
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P a g e | 3 Women in the Military women can be part of a combat unit is for the fear of a prisoner of war situation or P.O.W. One of the most famous case of a women POW is the story of the 507 th Maintenance company, In which three women were captured by insurgents, one was killed and the other two were rescued. “Piestewa, 23, a Hopi Indian and mother of two, was the first U.S. servicewoman killed in Iraq; Lynch, 19, was rescued from an Iraqi hospital; and Johnson, a 30-year-old single mother, was rescued along with six other American POWs near Samarra.” (Adeboyejo, Betsy,(may/June 2003) When a person joins the military they first must pick a job or MOS (Military Occupational Specialty), this is the main item that the recruiter helps you to accomplish when filling out the paperwork to go to MEPS (military entre processing station). When a women begins the journey into the military there is few if any jobs that are not open to her in a combat role, thus in the eyes of many people it is discrimination, when in fact some of the roles that are open to women are not open to men in the case. There are a total of ten categories that a person can choose from but only nine that are open for women; they are Administrative Support,
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