Women in Combat; Is it a Good Decision?



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After five years of debate women’s rights has been approved for most combat positions in the military. This decision only allows women who qualify and meet the standards through training. The decision allows women to fill 220,000 jobs that were only for men; now women can infantry, armor, reconnaissance and be in some operations unit.  The Marines are the only military branch that will keep combat positions to men only. The argument is based on the tight living quarters and the fact that men and women have unique social roles to play.  Eventually, they are hoping that the Marines will accept women in combat. Now, finally the two women who completed the Army’s Ranger School could join the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Supporters of the current policy say it is clear women are already doing this kind of work to some extent, but, they ask, should they be? That’s the question. And they point to several issues.

Pregnancy. What if a woman in a combat unit gets pregnant and can’t deploy when her unit needs her?

Privacy. There are perpetual concerns about how men and women can undress and carry out bodily functions in the tight and intimate living conditions found in war zones.

Unit cohesion. Does having a woman around create distractions?




It brings a big change in giving women equal opportunity as men. Throughout history women have been doing men’s work since World War I and it still continues. In my opinion it is understandable that men and women need to play different roles and cannot always do the same thing  but the time has come for the United States to recognize greater equality of opportunity for women.  The only part is if almost every military branch is accepting women who qualify it should go the Marines as well. I feel is about time they give women the right to be in combat because women are proving themselves in training.  If they qualify like the two women that were the first females to complete Ranger School and beat most of the men’s time then they have earned the right but more social training on the affects of men and women serving together is also necessary.  With every opportunity and new form of equality comes a new form of responsibility.  We can not ignore the differences that will always be there between men and women.