The vast majority of wars have been fought by men. In America that has been changing and today another huge change was announced. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said women will now be allowed to serve in combat positions. Of course women have been fighting and dying along side men for years. We now know women like Sarah Edmonds were crossdressing and fighting in the Civil War.
And even though we have had a ban on women serving in combat positions, more than 150 U.S. female soldiers have been killed in action and 850 wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. Overall, women make up about 14% of the military’s active-duty roster.
Back in November some of those women sued the military along with the help of the ACLU.
There were 2 main points of their complaint. There are 238,000 jobs that women were not able to apply for simply because they were women. And from my perspective the more important second point. According to one of the women involved in the suit, Zoe Bedell says the ban put American lives in danger. Here's Zoe.
Zoe says; The combat exclusion policy does not recognize this reality. Instead, it creates a complex and dangerous set of rules, which prevent commanders from making the best choices when deciding how to fight. Because todays wars don't come with defined front lines and combat zones all soldiers are in combat zones at all times when in a country we are at war with. So when fighting flairs up leaders are by law suppossed to get the women out of there. This puts all soldiers in much more jeopardy then if everyone stayed and fought.
The way I look at it, the military has till 2016 to work out the kinks. They have already said women who want to be in the infintry will have to pass the same mental and physical tests the current soldiers do. If they are strong enough and are willing to die for our country why would anyone want to stop them?