On the front line

By Tiffany Roesler

Women have come a long way in American history.

For years we have been told not to voice our opinions, or get
involved with anything that wasn’t cooking, cleaning or nurturing a
child. It’s a “man’s world,” the saying goes.

Times have changed. Women work just as hard, earn almost as much
money ” they’re getting there ” and are overall, are just as
successful as men. And when it comes to enlisting in the military,
it’s more common to see women join then ever before.

Women make up approximately 14 percent of the armed forces. But
are the front lines a place for women to be? Definitely.

If a woman chooses to enlist in the military, that is her
choice. She’s aware of what she is getting herself into and the
consequences that follow. Why shouldn’t it be an equal playing
field?

Women’s positions in armed forces are reduced to medics,
logistics officers, and other types of supportive roles that don’t
involve being at the front lines whatsoever.

America can’t fathom the thought of women being brutally killed,
tortured, and wounded.

Some say women could also be detrimental to a unit’s
cohesion.

Yes, having a woman on the front lines may put them at higher
risks for being prisoners of war.

America is one of a few countries where women have equal rights.
But, those who join know what they’re in for.

However, this wouldn’t be the first time females have been be a
part of combat.

Women have had front line action that dates back all the way to
the Revolutionary War. So why not now?

According to an article from the New York Daily, The Military
Leadership Diversity Commission is expected to send its report to
Congress and President Obama right around this time urging them to
create an equal opportunity for women to be in combat.

People are concerned about women carrying around excess
emotional distress, and using too much of it to make decisions that
perhaps men wouldn’t make.

It’s a preconceived notion that women like to weigh out both
sides before making a decision, where most men think in black and
white and simplicity.

This would mean when a decision needs to be made in a matter of
seconds women can’t do it.

In fact, women can think quickly on their feet and make
split-second decisions.

Women are also accused of not being strong enough, along with
their mere presence causing somewhat of a distraction in a
unit.

However, in the 1920s, women made their way into the workforce
and proved to be efficient and productive despite being
discriminated against. This is exactly the same thing.

Accusations such as these are insignificant and not enough to
allow women to fight in combat.

If America is a country based on equal rights and equal
opportunity, it is sure not demonstrating it in its own military
services.

It’s not about women being weaker, or the ability to be able to
handle the sight of gruesome death: It just comes down to civil
rights.

Women are already apart of the armed forces, and rank just as
well as men do, so it’s plain and simple: Let them fight too.

Like the armed forces itself, including women in combat has
strengths that have not been considered.

The United States should allow women on the front lines in order
for them to serve the country to their full potential.

So watch out military, women are ready to feminize the front
lines.

On the front line

The Poly Post

On the front line

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