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In roughly , women were volunteer uniformed auxiliaries in the German armed forces Wehrmacht. About the same number served in civil aerial defense, , volunteered as nurses and many more replaced drafted men in the wartime economy. Military nursing was primarily handled by the DRK, which came under partial Nazi control.

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Frontline medical services were provided by male medics and doctors. Red Cross nurses served widely within the military medical services, staffing the hospitals close to the front lines and at risk of attack. Two dozen were awarded the Iron Cross for heroism under fire.

In Germany, women worked and were told by Hitler to produce more pure Aryan children to fight in future wars. During the second world war, many Japanese American women lost their jobs or pay because they were sent to relocation camps. Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans were faced with discrimination.

Many Americans called it the "yellow peril" [27] and called Japanese people "japs". In , California passed the Alien Land Law which prohibited "aliens ineligible for citizenship" from owning land to grow crops on. Sexism along with racism was something that these women faced when they joined WAAC. Even while dealing with discrimination, Japanese American women were able to greatly help the United States.

Many women were hired as interpreters, translators, and interrogators in the Military Intelligence Service. In , the Women's Army Corps was permanently established and remained until when women were allowed into the army. The commander was the Brig. Piera Gatteschi Fondelli. It stressed its dedication to women's rights and gender equality and used the imagery of folklore heroines to attract and legitimize the fighters.

After Yugoslavia broke up in the s, women's contributions to the resistance were forgotten. Though relatively little official data exists about female Vietnam War veterans, the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation estimates that approximately 11, military women were stationed in Vietnam during the conflict. Nearly all of them were volunteers, and 90 percent served as military nurses, though women also worked as physicians, air traffic controllers, intelligence officers, clerks and other positions in the U. Women's Army Corps, U. In addition to women in the armed forces, an unknown number of civilian women served in Vietnam on behalf of the Red Cross, United Service Organizations USO , Catholic Relief Services and other humanitarian organizations, or as foreign correspondents for various news organizations.

In addition to the U. Other American women traveled to Vietnam as foreign correspondents for news organizations, including Georgette "Dickey" Chappelle, a writer for the National Observer who was killed by a mine while on patrol with U. According to the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation, 59 female civilians died during the conflict. Many more were trained subsequently, over a period of years. The women received parachute and weapons training, although it is unclear to what extent they were actually integrated into the combat units of the Congo.

Israel is the only country with conscription for women. Initially, women conscripts served in the Women's Army Corps, serving as clerks, drivers, welfare workers, nurses, radio operators, flight controllers, ordnance personnel and instructors. In , the Equality amendment to the Military Service law granted equal opportunities in the military to women found physically and personally suitable for a job.

Women started to enter combat support and light combat roles in a few areas, including the Artillery Corps, infantry units and armored divisions. A few platoons named Carakal were formed for men and women to serve together in light infantry. Many women joined the Border Police. Despite these changes, fewer than 4 percent of women service members are in combat positions such as infantry, crew of tanks or other armored vehicles, artillery guns service, fighter pilots, etc.

Rather, they are concentrated in "combat-support". In and , some 40, American military women were deployed during the Gulf War operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; however, no women served in combat. A policy enacted in prohibited women from assignment to ground combat units below the brigade level. Many state armed forces that recruit women continue to bar them from ground close combat roles roles that would require them to kill at close quarters.


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In limiting female entry, militaries have maintained their characteristic brutal masculinity. Not only have women been left unprotected, but the major cause of PTSD experienced by women is identified as military sexual trauma MST. The male experience of PTSD derives from that of combat trauma. Some nations allow female soldiers to serve in certain combat arms positions. Others exclude them for various reasons including physical demands and privacy policies. Non-conscription countries, notably the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada are where the highest levels of female military presences were achieved.

The United States military opens all positions to women. Women have not historically been required to register for Selective Services ; however, Federal Judge Gray Miller ruled on February 2, [56] that an all male draft is unconstitutional. Women have been involved in the U.

Deborah Sampson was one of the first women to enlist while disguised as a man. She was unhappy with her limited role in the American Revolution. She served in a light infantry unit, fighting in many battles.

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Injuries put her in a hospital where her secret was discovered. Her commanding officer, General John Paterson, honorably discharged her and thanked her for her service. Many women contributed to the Civil War, whether it was through nursing, spying or physically fighting on the battlefield. An example of this is seen through Belle Royd. She began her career as a spy and messenger at the young age of By the time she had become 20, she became quite famous in the United States in which people called her the Cleopatra of the Confederacy.

As a spy, she provided confederate leaders with valuable information. She was arrested multiple times and put into prison. Eventually, she was banished from federal soil and was told she would receive a death sentence if she were caught on federal soil again. In addition, both men and women would join the army with no previous military experience, so their training was very similar and the women would not stand out. They could not stand to be separated. Her job was to deliver handwritten messages to commanders on the battlefield so that she would avoid combat.

After her lover was killed in battle, Mary decided to avenge his death by fighting in the battlefield. She received a massive gash on her forehead for which she was sent to the hospital for treatment. It was during this moment that her female identity was revealed and she was discharged from the military.

Other disguised were often uncovered by chance. Sarah Collins was a strong woman who believed she could do the job of a male soldier. Her brother, who was also a soldier, assisted her in disguising as a man by cutting her hair short and dressing her up in men's apparel. Unfortunately, her disguise was not perfect as her true identity was uncovered in the way she properly placed her shoe's that was unlike a male's method of placing shoes.

Sarah was then sent home while her brother remained fighting. Women joined the fray of the Civil War for similar reasons as men: the promise of a steady wage, innate sense of patriotism, or for the thrill of an adventure.

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Some women would even follow their loved ones into battle. In , In January , the US ended the policy of "no women in units that are tasked with direct combat". The course was intended to train female soldiers for tasks such as unexploded ordnance awareness, biometrics , forensics , evidence collection, tactical questioning, vehicle and personnel searches and homemade explosive devices. By May , none of the nineteen women vying to become the first female Army Rangers had passed Ranger School.

Eleven of the nineteen dropped out in the first four days. Of the remaining eight who failed in the next step, three were given the option to. In April after two-and-a-half-year period in which the Marine Corps ' Infantry Officer Course became gender-integrated for research, ended without a single female graduate.

In all combat jobs opened to women. Women have been injured, killed, and awarded high honors. Over 10, combat action badges were awarded to women who served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Marine Corps study [81] [82] found that women in a unit created to assess female combat performance were significantly injured twice as often as men, less accurate with infantry weapons and not as good at removing wounded troops from the battlefield.

About Marines , including women, volunteered to participate. Male squads, teams, and crews demonstrated better performance on 93 of tasks evaluated 69 percent than units with women in them. Male units were faster while completing tactical movements in combat situations, especially in units with large "crew-served" weapons such as heavy machine guns and mortars. Male infantry squads had better accuracy than squads with women in them, with "a notable difference between genders for every individual weapons system" used by infantry rifleman units. The M4 carbine , M27 infantry automatic rifle and M single-shot grenade launcher were assessed.

Male Marines who had not received infantry training were more accurate than women who had. In removing wounded troops from the battlefield, "notable differences in execution times were found between all-male and gender-integrated groups". Unit cohesion was lower in mixed gender units. Many female soldiers reported that the way that they are viewed by male soldiers is often detrimental to their participation. For instance, female soldiers are often labelled as "either standoffish or a slut".

This approach often has an isolating effect. According to Lieutenant colonel Dave Grossman, author of On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society , Israeli soldiers reacted with uncontrollable protectiveness and aggression after seeing a woman wounded. Further, Islamic militants rarely, if ever, surrender to female soldiers, lessening the IDF 's ability to take prisoners.

Iraqi and Afghan civilians are often not intimidated by female soldiers. However, in socially conservative environments, female combat soldiers can search female civilians, while children and women are more likely to talk to female soldiers than to male soldiers. One report concluded that military women were three times more likely to be raped than civilians; [86] and that women soldiers in Iraq were more likely to be attacked by another soldier than by an insurgent. Senator Martha McSally , an Arizona Republican , said during a Senate meeting on sexual assault in the military that she was raped by a superior officer in the U.

Air Force. McSally was the first female combat pilot in the U. She said that she never reported it because so many people didn't trust the system, blamed herself, was ashamed and confused, thought she was strong but felt powerless. Sexual assault is more likely to occur in the military than in the civilian population. One in four active-duty female military personnel will be sexually assaulted. All of these acts are punishable by military law which begins by the victim going forward to their commander.

It is then their job to make an inquiry on the perpetrator, however they also have the right to dismiss the claims. They can also the right to take non-judicial punishment or take it to high authority. If the perpetrator's punishment can go from dismissal, to dishonorable discharge to confinement in military prison. If found with the crime of rape the perpetrator can carry a lifetime of imprisonment to in extreme cases even execution. Many victims in the military describe the response to and aftermath of sexual assault as more painful than the assault itself because of the unspoken "code of silence", which implies that women should keep quiet about their assault and not come forward to take action.

Women expect that little will be done, so most cases go unreported. When they are reported and taken to court only ten percent of cases have the perpetrator charged for their crimes, which is a reason women won't come forward as they know little will come from it. Female soldiers have developed several techniques for avoiding sexual assault "including: 1 relying on support networks [ buddy systems ], 2 capitalizing on their status associated with rank, age, time spent in military, or prior deployment experience ; and, 3 masking femininity through clothing to minimize violence exposure and to keep themselves and others safe during military service".

In mostly male units, females buddy with males who then often becomes excessively protective, reducing the female's agency. A lawsuit seeks redress for military plaintiffs who claim to have been subjected to sexual assault. Sexual assault leads to many health problems for women in the military such as anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD , depression, substance abuse, binge eating, dissociation and memory impairment, suicidal and parasuicidal behavior, sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction, poor self-esteem, and personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder.

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All of these factors make it hard for women to stay in the military, in women it is the leading cause for early leave of the armed forces. Once leaving the military though women have a hard time reintegrating back into society and can end up homeless. It is so debilitating for women in the military because most of their perpetrates are people they work and live with, from peers to a supervisor and higher above. This close relationship creates a new type of trauma as the victim is forced to see them every day and creates an overall lack of trust in people.

Perpetrators are typically in a higher position have the job to protect the woman, increasing trauma. Updated military training focuses on bystander interventions and the role of consent in sexual activity, emphasizing the responsibility of male soldiers. This works to change women's "responsibility for preventing rape" [94] and requires that male soldiers acknowledge their responsibility to engage with female soldiers in all activities. In the Royal Norwegian Navy became the first [] navy in the world to permit female personnel to serve in submarines.

The first female submarine commander was Captain Solveig Krey aboard the first Kobben class submarine on 11 September On April 29, , the United States Navy authorized women to serve aboard submarines. Qualified female candidates with the desire to serve were available. Women then represented 15 percent of active duty sailors [] and were earning about half of all science and engineering bachelor's degrees. In May , it was announced that three women had become the UK Royal Navy 's first female submariners. On November 15, , the first Argentinian female submarine officer Eliana Krawczyk , disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean after the Argentinean Navy lost contact with ARA San Juan submarine after a reported failure in the electric system.

On 4 July , after two years of training, four female officers boarded a French SSBN for France's first seventy-day mixed gender patrol. Women are expected to join submarine crews in the Royal Netherlands Navy in , with the addition of shower doors and changing-room curtains. A study found that female cadets saw military training as an "opportunity to be strong, assertive and skillful" and saw such training "as an escape from some of the negative aspects of traditional femininity". The female cadets also believed that the ROTC program was "gender-blind" and "gender-neutral".

The study claims that female cadets "were hyper-vigilant about their status as women performing tasks traditionally seen as men's work and often felt that they had to constantly prove they were capable. The study quoted one female cadet: "in the Navy the joke is that a woman in the Navy is either a bitch, a slut or a lesbian, and none of them are good categories to fall into , and if you are stern with your people then you are a bitch, but if you're a guy and stern people are like, wow, I respect him for being a good leader.

A study examined the attitudes of West Point cadets, Reserve Officer Training Corps ROTC cadets, and non-military-affiliated students from civilian colleges toward a variety of military roles. Cadets were less approving of assigning women to certain military jobs than others. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs to be updated.

Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. Two hours later, an angry Mr. Speaking in the Rose Garden to reporters, Mr. Even by the standards of a capital that has seen impeachment and scandals in recent years, the drama surrounding the firing of a wartime commander was palpable.

Generals have come and gone in disputes over policy and execution — indeed, Defense Secretary Robert M. David D. McKiernan , just a year ago. But the removal of General McChrystal culminated a remarkable public waiting game, with White House and top military officials trying to guess what the president would do, and Mr. Obama keeping his cards close to his vest until the very end. While publicly rebuking him Tuesday, Mr.

But as early as Monday night, officials said, when Mr. Obama first learned of the Rolling Stone article in which General McChrystal and his staff criticized administration officials, the president and his advisers were discussing the likelihood that the general would have to go. It has been nearly 60 years since President Harry S.

Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the midst of the Korean War, the last time a president directly stepped in to remove the senior commander in a war zone for disrespect toward the White House. For Mr. Obama, this was a MacArthur moment, a reassertion of civilian control. General Petraeus is taking a step down.

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Obama called Mr. Karzai Wednesday to try to get the Afghan president on board — Mr. Karzai made a personal appeal to Mr. James L. Obama was not abandoning his approach. He repeated Mr. The president chose General Petraeus, a media-savvy, ambitious officer, instead of lesser-known figures who might have had more trouble stepping in to such a volatile situation. General Petraeus will have to relinquish the top job at Central Command to assume command in Afghanistan.

White House officials said no decision had been made on who would succeed him. View all New York Times newsletters.


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General Petraeus, while intimately familiar with Afghanistan and its myriad problems, is inheriting direct command at a particularly fraught moment. One senior administration official noted that General McChrystal and Mr. General McChrystal reported back that Mr. General Petraeus will now be responsible for executing the Kandahar offensive into the spiritual heart of the Taliban.