Standing Arguments about Women in the Armed Forces
There are usual arguments that are presented and cited whenever there are debates about women in the military. These arguments were combined from those who favor entry of women in the military and from those who oppose the idea. Take note that most of such arguments are focusing on physical issues, differing mentalities, and gender sensitivity. Here are several of those most commonly used and cited arguments.
In general, nature made women anatomy different compared to men. Thus, many argue that women are not as physically strong as men. So how could they be effective in combatant situations? It is also a fact that women’s skeletons are less dense, more prone to possible breakage. In aviation, it could be that women’s bodies would also not be very adept in handling increased g-forces as experienced and encountered by combat pilots. Health issues are not far behind. Many submarine services cite this aspect as a usual reason why they avoid hiring women soldiers. A study has found that female soldiers are smaller and shorter on the average than men with a 50% less upper body strength and up to 30% less aerobic capacity.
Many conventional and conservative soldiers assert that they could not in any way easily trust women soldiers to perform duties that require trust on fellow soldiers. Romantic relationships that could possibly arise are also being taken against women. Such relationships between men and women in operations could possible disrupt any unit’s capability to fight. There is also a fear that women might suddenly get pregnant during the height of a combat operation. Some people could not help but cite the psychological and emotional swings that are experienced by women during or around their monthly periods. Women are also known to be far more emotional and soft than men.
Discrimination and tradition
Exclusion of women in military combat tasks is considered by many as the last bastion of gender or sex discrimination. Many believe that female soldiers are forbidden to take part in major roles in the armed forces due to the prevailing traditionalist views of military as a profession. Thus, many of such people could argue that the equal opportunities legislations should not apply to the military.
But is it the modern times. Despite these issues, it should be noted that women are still very much welcome in the military, which is starting to openly appreciate their role in succeeding military services.
My ArticlesFlying Armed Forces
The Regulars Of HM Armed Forces
Basic Knowledge About Armed Forces
Homosexuality Is No Issue At UK Armed Forces
Armed Forces Of The Crown
The Sea Armed Forces
The United States And Its Armed Forces
What Is Armed Forces Day?
Women In British Armed Forces
Perks For The Armed Forces
Standing Arguments About Women In The Armed Forces
The Armed Forces And Women: What A Long Journey
Complementing Armed Forces
Big Bro Of HM Armed Forces
Romantic Relationships In The Armed Forces
Armed Forces In The Skies
Women In The United States Armed Forces
HM Armed Forces
What It Takes To Be In The Armed Forces
Help Commemorate Armed Forces Day
Continental Armed Forces
Travel And Vacation For Armed Forces Personnel
Scholarships For US Armed Forces Recruits
Issues Surrounding The Armed Forces