While the Australian government plans to open up women combat jobs in 2016, New Zealand offers no restriction on the women roles in their defense force. They can serve in infantry, artillery, armor and a special air service. Norway is the first known country to permit women to serve on its submarines. (This was in 1985). In fact, the first female commander of a Norwegian submarine was Kret Solveig in 1995. In Sweden, women can serve in any if not all positions in the military since 1989. Today, about 5.5 percent of the officers are women. In WWI and WWII( first and the second World War), women served in many roles e.g. the Army Nurse Corps as well as the Women's Army Corps. They carried out different tasks such as clerical work, photo analysis, mechanical work and sheet metal working. The qualification of enlisting became the same for men as well as women in 1979 in the US. However, in 1994, the Department Of Defense(DOD) officially banned American women from serving in combat but this ban would only last for nine years. On January 24th, 2003, Leon Panetta (secretary of defense) removed the ban.
It is clear that women cannot physically compete with men. With rare exceptions, many women are unable to lift heavy stuff/weights, scale barriers or to pull themselves along a rope that has been suspended above a safety net. If women and men are sought according to sex and tested by making two mile runs, the result will suggest that the average woman took 18 minutes while the average man took 14 minutes. It is also clear that military men are not challenged enough by the training regimen than women. However, there are women who perform better than men in a variety of capabilities.
It is clear that women can contribute in unprecedented ways to the mission of the military of defending the nation. Enlisting women can open hundreds of thousands of front line positions and potentially elite commando jobs to women. It is true because, women, (who by the way already make up 15% of the force), have increasingly found themselves in the ‘reality of combat’ during Afghanistan and Iraq. Enlisting women also gives females a chance to honor their countries by fighting for it. Women are important to the operational effectiveness of a country’s armed forces as they bring talent and skills on the board. Some female soldiers are ‘deeply uncomfortable’ with the idea of excluding a whole group of able soldiers just because they are women. However, others say that women might not meet the standards required for combat duties. In fact, ‘two women who made it through marine training in the US did not qualify.’
There does not exist a single country on earth or the universe for that matter that has been named to have male comrades only. Thus, being said, women belong in battle. They should have the chance/opportunity to defend their country…