Argument Against Women In The Military

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At a point in time where equality between all people, no matter what their differences, is perhaps the biggest issue with immense pressure for change; it is astounding to see the lengths some people will go to to hold back progress. In concerns to the U.S. Military, there have been many adversaries of women being allowed to join all combat roles and positions in service. Those mainly opposed are men and women that argue that the physical ability, efficiency, and military readiness will not be at the standard expected from men in the military. While there are many pros and cons to opening all combat roles to women, the pros outweigh the cons in areas of importance. The argument against women joining combat roles can be discredited by research …show more content…
(2015) in the Strength and Conditioning Journal that a woman simply needs to be physically fit and trained adequately to be just as effective as a male soldier in combat. One restriction to this is that out of the already small number of women in the military, an even smaller number would be interested or physically fit enough to be in combat jobs. However, this ensures that the few females that are interested and meet the physical standards necessary will be at the same level as the men and therefore not detrimental to military effectiveness, thereby eliminating that argument angle. Most of the training exercises are meant to strain the soldiers so they are in the hardened mindset needed to be part of the unit, which often leads to overuse injuries and does not necessarily develop the strength needed for combat. Another reason women fall short is because the military equipment is tailored to fit the average male soldier so the poor fit adds to increased difficulties in carrying heavy loads. This data helps address and debunk many misconceptions there are regarding women 's abilities in the armed …show more content…
It is simply gender stereotypes enforced by society that feeds into the narrative that women would decrease the efficiency of the military and put their fellow soldiers in danger. It has been proven that females face the same obstacles in the field that males do and it is simply a matter of integration, training, and proper equipment needed to ensure the equal success of women alongside the men. For these reasons, it can be argued that the cons presented by those against female integration into combat roles are easily debunked, as it is essentially only the confining old mindset of society that is holding back the progress of women. It is interesting to consider what the world would be like if the power was in the hands of women, and what arguments would be raised against male inclusion in military combat

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