Women in Combat Essay

1298 Words 6 Pages
Women in Combat

Can a woman handle fighting in combat? Should women be able to come face to face with the enemy? Will women be able to control their emotions and take the horror that war inflicts? Should women be grateful that they are not included in such a terrible thing as combat, or is it wrong to exclude them just because they are women? I say if a woman chooses this kind of challenge, then she is more than capable.
During the daring rescue of prisoner of war Jessica Lynch from an Iraqi hospital, the first commando to reach Lynch identified himself as a United States soldier. The 19-year-old Army private replied, "I'm an American soldier, too."
Jessica Lynch is more than a soldier, she's a symbol, too — one who reportedly fought
…show more content…
If women are able to do such extraordinary things as civilians, what restricts them in the military?
A 1992 presidential commission used many well-worn arguments to push to maintain the status quo for women at the time. These dated excuses, as 19-year-old Army private Jessica Lynch and many others before her have shown, no longer hold water.
Excuse No. 1: Women lack courage and mental toughness. They say she would crack under the pressure because she would be too fragile. However, there are many women in the military today that are strong, intelligent, loyal, and patriotic; not to mention these women are extremely courageous. Today, over 200,000 women serve in the armed forces. Every year women prove their stamina by passing and exceeding the requirements of basic training. “Each individual is a soldier, first and foremost.” (Jones 2). How could anyone say that women are too weak to be in the military, when 17% of the total armed forces are women?
Excuse No. 2: Women lack the physical strength needed for ground combat.
Yet, how would anyone know if she has never had the chance to prove herself? To be completely prepared, a person must practice. The only way to practice combat is to actually fight in combat. To be an effective team, all the team mates need to be able to put complete trust in each other. How can a man trust a woman completely to be successful on the battle field if she has never been given the opportunity to show her skills. This

Related Documents