Women’s rights in the US military

military-women-in-uniform-462x295Today is a historic day for Women’s rights in the US military. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter just announced that Women will be allowed to serve as members in the front line combat units.

“They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat,” Carter said, so long as they meet the same physical standards as their male comrades. “They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men.”

With the recent trend of opening up more and more jobs to women, this will finally provide an opportunity to those that can meet the requirements of the positions. Just in the last year alone three women have passed the grueling test and earned ranger tags.

Since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 290,000 women have served in those combat zones out of a total of almost 2.5 million troops, Pentagon records show. In both wars, 152 women have died from combat or noncombat causes, records show, and 958 have been wounded in action.

More than 400 female marines have earned combat decoration in Afghanistan and Iraq even though they were in non combat roles. Many of these women earned these decorations in the response to enemy IED strikes and attacks on convoys and friendly bases.

U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing listen to a brief as they begin training as part of the Lioness Team on Camp Korean Village, Iraq, July 31, 2006. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jennifer L. Jones) (Released)

U.S. Marines from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing listen to a brief as they begin training as part of the Lioness Team on Camp Korean Village, Iraq, July 31, 2006. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jennifer L. Jones) (Released)

With a deadline of DEC 31 many tings will have to change in the Army and Marines before women will be on the front lines. Some of the main concerns are the loadout weight of packs, Sexual Harassment and that living arrangements of many units are not co-ed capable as of yet.

I for one are rooting for the women that can make the cut and become some of the first to prove the concerned parties wrong to be all that they can be.

 

 

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