Women During World War II Essay

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Women have advanced in the Armed Forces progressively since World War II. Deseret Storm was a starting point in realizing that women could be an asset, not a detriment, to demanding military positions. Still, any combat related job within each branch had a rule of no females. That all changed in December 2015 when the United States Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stated that all roles in the military were now open to women. This allows women to try out and be a part of the elite positions within the Armed Forces, a huge step for equal rights within the military. The primary argument for lifting the ban is that women are already performing ground combat duties. People opposed to lifting the ban argue that the physical discrepancies will hinder our military force. Even so, woman should be allowed the option of a career in a combat role, even if the physical build between men and women are different. Testing should not be adjusted to accommodate a woman’s body type; however, training for women should be adjusted to give females the chance to compete equally. During World War I, there were more than 12,000 women enlisted in the Navy and Marine Corps. The number sky rocketed during WW II. “On V-J Day, there were 57,000 Army and 11,000 Navy nurses, 100,000 WACs [Women’s Army Corps], 18,000 Women Marines, 86,000 WAVES [the Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service], and 11,000 SPARS [United States Coast Guard Women’s Reserve]. Altogether, some 350,000 women had…

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