Women in the military hold jobs in every career field except the combat arms. Female service members have provided vital support for defense of our nation since WWII. This offers substantial benefits to both the services and the individual women concerned.
In 1942, the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was founded. Those women provided support to the troops fighting in WWII, which freed men to serve in the combat theaters. A year later it was converted to the Women's Army Corps, a branch of the U.S. Army.
In 1978, the WAC ceased to exist. Women in the Army became full-fledged soldiers and were assigned to the same units as men. Since then, they have performed the same jobs, in the same capacities. Currently, women make up between 15 and 20 percent of the active force.
Women in Combat Situations
Although women have been quietly working in combat situations for a very long time, it has only been allowed legally since 1994. At present, women serve on the battlefield in many support capacities.
Advantages for Women
The military is a great place for women to learn lucrative skills that might be hard to come by in the civilian world. Examples include mechanics, engineering, logistics, medical, flight, and administrative expertise.
Advantages for the Military
All branches of the military recruit women. Among other things, this allows for a far greater pool of candidates to choose from, and it allows the services to seek out the best qualified individuals to serve.
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