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IntroductionFrom Desert Storm to Tailhook prevailing attitudes about military women arebeing reformulated and tested in myriad ways How smoothly or quickly a shiftin attitudes occurs is chiefly a matter of leadership Commanders must givewomen equal access to a level playing field on which each competitor eithersucceeds or fails based on individual merit If you put points on thescoreboard you play Tough standards outlawing fraternization shunningpaternalism and minimizing segregation must be accompanied by changes the hardfact is that women will fight as well as die in our next war While agender-neutral meritocracy may be difficult to achieve an initial step is topromote a shared common identity and purpose man or woman a soldier is asoldier first Mariner 54Rosemary Mariner writes on a very important topic that circulates through theranks of the military as well as through the public eye We ponder whether ornot women should be allowed to serve among the ranks of those serving in thecombat arms and fighting at the front lines and if they are not allowed to doso why The reason most likely stems from the early writings of the greatphilosophers which give credence to the belief that women are incapable ofpossessing virtues and in this case the virtue of courage Aristotlemaintains that woman is a mutilated or incomplete manand since heassociates heat with life or soul he therefore supposes women to have less soulthan men Agonito 41 For Aristotle the virtue of courage is associated withthe actions of soldiers in battle and soldiers in the armies of his times wereall men If such is the case according to Aristotle then women are incapableof fighting in wartime situations because they are not courageous enoughPlato on the other hand argues that were dealing with a physically weakersex the males are stronger Plato1 162 Other Platonic writings coincidewith this belief Plato wrote in Laches If someone is willing to remain in theranks and ward off the enemies and not run you know he is
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