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Women in Combat The idea of women in combat is not unusual anymore They should be able to hold combat positions beacause although physical strength matters the military still needs the intelligence that women can bring Also banning women from the combat hurts their military careers Although women account for only ten percent of the enlisted personnel Time 82195 Pg 31 they are still a major part in the armed forces Their performance recently has generated support from Congress and the public for enhancing the role of females in the military During the Persian Gulf War women were sent to the Middle East to fly helicopters service combat jets refuel tankers and load laser-guided bombs Their performance has led the world to realize that women are extremely useful in combat Defense secretary Dick Chaney said Women have made a major contribution to this war effort We could not have won without them Leaders in the field agreed The Gulf War had the largest deployment of women in the armed forces in history These women encountered the same risks as the men they served with Twenty one females lost their lives Holm Women in Combat The New Reality pg 67-68 In the Persian Gulf there were no exact positions and all areas were equally vulnerable so the idea of safe havens for women was not really applicable By many armed forces policies females are banned from combat jobs and units but in the Persian Gulf War females were assigned to battleships aircraft carriers and marine support groups dug into the desert From their experience in the Persian Gulf military women have earned the right to be treated as equals with men and not as protected individuals In spite of their record as able combat personnel there are laws and policies that restrict women in the United States Military
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