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Women in Combat Past vs present The idea of women in combat is not unusual anymore Although American women have for a long time served as nurses and as other roles during wartime they were not officially enrolled in the armed forces until World War I During this time women served as clerks and secretaries some being assigned to translation recruitment and other tasks which were usually assigned to men Wekesser 2 The women were not given rank or benefits and after the war was over they were not allowed to remain in the military More than 350000 women served in World War II During this war the military once again encouraged the recruitment of women They established the Womens Army Auxiliary Corps WAAC the Navy Womens Reserve and the Marine Corps Womens Reserve Any of the women in these organizations were given benefits and military rank As in World War I the women served as clerks secretaries Wekesser 2 In 1948 a congressional law banned women from direct combat Wekesser 3 They were not allowed in any jobs that were viewed as hazardously close to combat where the risk of capture is high Until the late 1960s the status of women in the military remained unchanged It was then when the armed forces began to open up more positions for women The first women generals in American history were appointed in 1970 By 1976 military academies were beginning to open their doors to women By the end of the 1970 all of the womens organizations were discontinued women and men were officially integrated with the military During the Persian Gulf War women were sent to the Middle East to fly helicopters service combat refuel tankers and load laser-guided guns Johnson 31 They were assigned to battleships aircraft carriers and marine support groups Their performance has led the world to realize that women are extremely useful in combat and they brought home their
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