The role of women in combat positions has been debated throughout american history, even though women have been on the frontlines since the revolutionary war in 2013, secretary of defense leon e panetta signed a document to lift the defense department's ban on women in direct ground combat roles. During world war ii, some 350,000 women served in the us armed forces, both at home and abroad they included the women’s airforce service pilots, who on march 10, 2010, were awarded the. In france, 223 american women popularly known as “hello girls” served as long-distance switchboard operators for the us army signal corps world war i was without a doubt a watershed event for women’s military service in the united states and elsewhere.
Instead, we want to broaden our understanding to include the women whose lives were affected by the military and the war: women who were left on the home front, women who saw their husbands and sons go off to fight, women in europe who experienced the war firsthand as it ravaged their hometowns, and even the women in media and art who symbolically represented freedom, virtue, and victory and spurred their countrymen and women to arms. The defense of our nation is a shared responsibility women have served in the defense of this land for years before our united states was born. The military faced a deadline set by the obama administration three years ago to integrate women into all combat jobs by january or ask for specific exemptions.
From their early days as cooks and nurses, to the combat roles they fulfill today, the roles of women have evolved with the military american revolution the first women to serve in the military did so because their husbands were fighting in the american revolution.
By removing the ground combat ban on women, the us military hopes to make all combat roles “gender neutral” this means that if a soldier—male or female—meets the physical requirements necessary for a combat role, he or she will be allowed to serve in that role.
Women enrolling in the corps of cadets and service academies were monumental for their role in the military, as for the first time, they could achieve officer status, placing them in positions of leadership and authority within all branches of the military. Since 1914, the role of women in the military has been controversial, particularly their role in combat it is only recently that women have started to hold a more prominent role in contemporary armed forces, with increasing numbers of countries expanding the role of women in the military.
Women have been a part of the war effort since the revolutionary war, but in the early days of our nation they had to cloak themselves in disguise to serve alongside men when they were accepted into the military, women were given auxiliary roles as the weapons and methods of warfare changed in the. Women in the 1800’s women were always an integral part of any and are permanent parts of all movements and settlements in early america, a woman’s life tended to center around farm and family.