Pros and Cons of Women in Combat

A number of arguments have been raised in defence of military policy that bans women from combat roles. The number of proponents is not that high, which mean the opponents could be tipping the scale. Unfortunately, this long-standing debate has never reached a consensus, regardless of who is on which side of the fence.But you have to admit that women in military service are on riskier ground than men considering some of their weaknesses. Feminism aside, there are plenty of factors that have to be considered where women are concerned. But gender has nothing to do with the love of country and the desire to render selfless service.

Pros of Women in Combat

Access to Education
Women who would not normally be able to afford school will be given the necessary resources to be educated when they join the military.Women are able to go to school and earn money as well. Military service also has plenty of benefits and rewards that women will find very useful and helpful.

Higher Chances of Landing a Great Career
As combat duty is usually regarded as necessary for promotion to senior officer positions, denying female personnel this experience ensures that very few will ever reach the highest reaches of the military and so further entrenches sexism.Military service, after all, is about strict discipline. This means you will be able to complete your assigned tasks in a timely manner. You would not slack off and end up going late for work. You are primed for any type of work even the exhaustive kind. Suffice to say that you’re almost perfect as an employee. Adding military service to your list of work experience also makes your application quite attractive.

An Opportunity to Reach Their Dreams
Some of women dream of showing off how patriotic they can be by serving their country and the military provides them with a level playing field to prove their worth. Women have to be given the same opportunities as men, in the army in order to have the same opportunities they have to be exposed to the same risks.

Provides a Constant Influx of Recruits
At a time when joining the military is no longer compulsory and it has been increasingly difficult to get anyone to join, any woman who wants to get enlisted should be welcomed rather than turned way. Besides, there is a certain advantage to keeping the military equipped with soldiers of both genders. A huge population of them would also mean that a country’s military force is always ready for anything.

Effectiveness
The blanket restriction for women limits the ability of commanders in theatre to pick the most capable person for the job.

Tradition
Training will be required to facilitate the integration of women into combat units. Cultures change over time and the masculine subculture can evolve too. Many previously masculine professions have been successfully opened to women over the past century

Modern warfare and public support
In the modern world of combat, all women serving in the military are exposed to “front-line risks”. Support for women serving in the armed forces has not wavered as warfare has changed a clear sign that the necessity of women serving in combat is recognized.

Cultural Differences & Demographics
Women are more effective in some circumstances than men. Allowing women to serve doubles the talent pool for delicate and sensitive jobs that require interpersonal skills not every soldier has. Having a wider personnel base allows militaries to have the best and most diplomatic soldiers working to end conflict quickly.

Ability vs. Gender
As long as an applicant is qualified for a position, one’s gender is arbitrary. It is easy to recruit and deploy women who are in better shape than many men sent into combat. It is possible to calibrate recruitment and training standards to women. Extra pre-training for muscle building can also be used to reduce female injury rates. In modern high technology battlefield technical expertise and decision-making skills are increasingly more valuable than simple brute strength. It’s scientifically proven that women are more mentally tough than men and hence are better able to deal to stress. As far as the physical strength is concerned, women can be very well trained. Another aspect which people miss nowadays is that we live in the 21st century where battles aren’t always fought with swords and guns.

Cons of Women in Combat

Physical Ability
Physical strength has always been one of the major points that opponents like to emphasize when illustrating why women should be excluded from military service. It is a fact that a woman who weighs 110 pounds and stands 5 feet would be unable to carry the same amount of tasks that a man twice her size would be able to do.The standards of physical fitness have been set to suit men, and women attempting to reach them will over-stretch themselves. In addition, combat units engage in activities designed to suit men’s capabilities. Women serving in integrated units will suffer higher injury rates as a result of this.

Increased Risk of Abuse
It has been known to happen that some women in the military were abused by their peers and within their own unit. Things could get even worse if they’re captured and then subjected to subsequent abuse carried out by the enemies. Some women may be built to endure torture of any kind, but others could be ill-prepared for it. Prisoners of war often go through a horrendous amount of physical abuse, but sexual abuse is often thrown in when women are captured by enemies.

Efficiency
Some women will be able to meet the required standards, but most will not. While integration of women into combat is possible for those qualified, the small number versus the additional logistical, regulatory and disciplinary costs associated with integration do not make it a worthwhile move.

Morale & Cohesion
Having women serving in direct combat will hamper mission effectiveness by hurting unit morale and cohesion.

Military readiness
Pregnancy can affect the deploy ability of a unit when the unit has a disproportionate number of women or is understaffed.

Tradition
Men, especially those likely to enlist, maintain traditional gender roles. In some situations, men are may act foolishly to protect women in their combat units. Harassment and resentment of the presence of women in a hyper masculine military subculture would likely become a problem.