In the recent past, there has been controversy regarding the role women in the military. Historically, the role of women in the military has been reduced to simple roles such as cleaning and cooking (Neighbour, n. d). However, current debate has centered on the aspect of gender equality where it has been argued both military men and women should perform similar roles and duties in the military. Specifically, some have argued that military women should be allowed to fight on the frontline. This essay argues that indeed military women deserve to fight in frontlines during war.
First, women make up a significant percentage of the military personnel in many countries today. In the United States for example, women account for almost 14% of the total military personnel (Moore, 2013). Considering these numbers, women need to be given the opportunity to actively defend their country, just like men. A country does not belong to men alone. Both sexes should be given the chance to participate in building and protecting their county, including fighting on the frontline. There is the concept of patriotism where women should be allowed to do something for the country as a sign of patriotism.
Women may want to defend their territory because it is their patriotic ‘obligation’ to do so. By serving on the frontline, women will have the opportunity to demonstrate that they are indeed capable of serving in roles just like the men. Second, women serving in the military deserve to achieve something in their military careers. Therefore, allowing women to serve on the frontline will ensure that they earn that sense of achievement. Serving in the frontline will ensure that women to realize their full potentials in their military careers (Neighbour, n. d).
Therefore, allowing women to take part in frontline battles ensures that the military exploits their full potentials, at the same time allowing these women to reach their full potentials in their careers. Third, there is the social and moral aspect of this argument. Traditionally, women are denied the right to participate in frontline combat because it has been assumed that in the event they die in battle, their children will become motherless (Neighbour, n. d). However, a mother can only join the Army if she has a suitable family care plan for her children.
In addition, women traditionally have been viewed as sex objects across many societies in the world. This is a perception that has been carried on from the First World War. Therefore, the working conditions people encounter on the front line appear to be different from other jobs, and this effects how women on the frontline are likely to be perceived. In modern times, however, women are no longer sexual objects who should only be associated with certain roles. Modern men are educated and such perceptions no longer hold ground. A woman should therefore serve on the frontline and her position in the society will remain intact.
Traditionally, it is believed that the social roles of women and are not flexible, but instead, each sex has its own defined roles in the society. This perception has changed in the society as well as the military. Fourth, women should be allowed to serve on the frontline because female Soldiers possess the physical strength and mental prowess to operate at a high level and standard as their male counterparts. Due to recent technological advances in modern warfare weapon systems no longer require the excessive amount of strength that is normally attributed to male Soldiers.
In modern warfare, personnel in the military have less contact and face- to- face encounter with the enemies (Neighbour, n. d). This is because of sophisticated weapons and machinery that allow military personnel to locate and target the enemies with precision and ease. For instance, there are rocket propelled grenades, which are easily transportable and simple to use. What is important is ensuring women are trained on how to use such weapons during war. Finally, allowing female Soldiers to participate in combat related missions gives them the chance to receive equal training and recognition as their male counterparts.
In the military, women are likely to encounter situations that only their male counterparts are familiar with or are trained to handle. However, allowing women to be part of the frontline is one way of ensuring they understand all aspects related to war. This is important in enhancing team cohesion where women are not to be seen as liabilities but as persons of equal potentials and capabilities as men. In conclusion, this essay has demonstrated that the excuse used in the past to deny women the right to fight on the frontline no longer hold any validity.
Female Soldiers are just as intelligent, athletic, physically and mentally tough as any male Soldier in the military. Therefore, women should be allowed to fight on the frontline as a way of ensuring that gender equality is respected. References Moore, L (2013). Females deserve the right to fight on front lines. The Gateway Online. Retrieved on 9 Feb 2013 from http://thegatewayonline. ca/article/view/women_in_combat Neighbour, K (n. d). Should Women Serve on the Frontline? Retrieved on 9 Feb 2013 from http://www. fitting-in. com/c/neighbour. pdf.