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Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women in Combat
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Although Arab, Israeli, Norwegian, and Yugoslav women have served in combat, and, after the truce is signed, returned to traditional female roles, there is a strong resistance in the United States to using women in combat situations. Repeated surveys indicate that civilians are more opposed to the idea of women in combat than are Army personnel. It may very likely be that not using women as fighting soldiers is a cultural tradition of stable nations. Women are luxuries to be pampered and petted. To admit that women must be used as combat soldiers implies a nation in decadence. But, many American women in the Army, Navy and Air Force do not think so. They want to have the full rights of citizenship -- implying full responsibility. And that means service in combat arms units, onboard fighting ships and flying combat airplanes.
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