The Idea of Women in the Military

             The Idea of women in combat is not unusual anymore. Women should be able to hold combat positions because, although physical strength matters, the military still needs the intelligence that women can bring. By banning women from combat it also hurts their military careers. Although women only account for a small portion of the military, they still play a major role. Their performance has generated support from the public for enhancing the role of females in the military. The United States is not the only country that has issues with women in the military. .

             Only two countries besides the United States have used women in modern warfare. First, was Russia during World War two and later, Israel in 1948. Russian women flew fighters to protect Stalin grad from advancing German armies and also took up arms to protect the city (Campell 57). After the war, Russian women were banned from all combat positions. During the war it was documented that they performed extremely well in their combat positions. The women pilots were soon called Night Watchers due to their great performance (Campell 320). Israel during the War for independence, also used women in direct combat positions. There was a great need for women to serve in combat positions because so many men had been killed on the front lines. .

             Israeli experience with women in combat is much different from the Russian. After the war ended the Israeli military conducted a survey, which determined that the men were adversely affected by seeing women killed or maimed in combat (campell -326). In 1948 women all over the world accounted for a very small percentage of the military. This led to a traditionalist view of the role of women in the military and many Israeli men shared this view. Serving in a ground combat unit is the most physically demanding job in the military.

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