Women in combat
Our Defense Department has recently lifted its ban against women participating in combat. This ban prohibited women from joining infantry and tank units as well as special operations forces. But no longer is this the case, as American military women now perform all the tasks their male counterparts do. These tasks include operating radios, driving trucks, providing medical care and security, disposing of bombs and fighting the enemy. In reality however, women have frequently found themselves in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nearly 150 female personnel have been killed and more than 850 wounded on these battlefields since 9/11. Women have long opposed combat restrictions and have pressured the Pentagon to catch up with the reality on the ground. Army Ranger Battalions and Navy SEAL units plan to integrate women by 2016. There have been 10 female candidates that have volunteered for these units. One female soldier completed the Combat Endurance Test but was released a week later due to other training-related injuries. The male attrition rate of our special-forces training programs averages about 70%.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.1509 - To amend the Military Selective Service Act to require the reinstatement of the draft whenever an authorization on the use of military force or declaration of war is in effect and to provide for the registration of women with the Selective Service System, and for other purposes

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February 13, 2020
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