Up until 1977, if a woman had a family, she was discharged as unsuitable for military service.
Even today, women in the military are less likely to have a family or get married.
In 2002, 36% of military women were single compared to only 2% of men, and 21% of women had children as compared to 59% of men.
Physical Concerns -Men have more testosterone, which allows them to build muscles faster than women. -Females have less dense bones than males. -During aviation, the female body isn’t as adept to handling the increased g-force as well as men.
Retired Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy is the highest ranking woman to ever serve in the Army.
She says, “Regardless of whether the military changes its policy on women in combat, we need to honor the women who are serving in this conflict, willing to step outside traditional roles and answer their country's call, they are vital to this mission and should not be segregated. Women soldiers deserve to be treated just as all soldiers should be treated – properly trained, properly equipped and given the proper respect."
Lets say the military is like the “mother” of the U.S. because it is a protector, what kind of effect do you think it will have on women in society if women in the most powerful positions cannot come forward?
Take a male figure that is known for being a positive person and would not hurt anymore and place them in a warlike environment. Can us (society), see them doing things that they would not normally do?
“ Data indicate that female military personnel are far more likely than their male counterparts to have been exposed to some kind of trauma or multiple traumas before joining the military or being deployed in combat. That may include physical assault, sexual abuse or rape” (Scharnberg).