Are women physically and mentally strong enough for the front lines?
That's a question many have debated. Some say a woman can do anything a man can do. Some say women should have the right to be on the front lines only if they prove themselves and the standards are not lowered. And some simply say the front lines are not made for women period.
Just like men, women should be allowed to choose how they fight for their country based on their strengths. Joining a combat unit requires meeting high demands regardless of gender; if there are women who are able to meet the same training standards as men, they can only be an asset to their team. Having female troops in every combat role is crucial for intelligence gathering, because they’re naturally able to navigate cultural differences when interacting with local populations.
If the military is looking for the creme de la creme to serve in their units, then why give up on 51% of the candidates upfront? In Israel, women not only serve in combat units but lead them, too. Exceptional women should be part of the equation. The army mirrors society, and having women in the
army is crucial to the way we want to see society. Any concern about
having women in combat units stems from broader attitudes toward gender norms; these can’t begin to be addressed unless change starts at the core:
Today women are joining the military more than ever before. According to the Defense Department, women now make up 20 percent of the Air Force, 19 percent of the Navy, 15 percent of the Army and almost 9 percent of the Marine Corps.