Gender Differences In The Military

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Introduction:
“How important it is to celebrate our Hero’s and She-roes.”
- Maya Angelou

This timeless quote by Maya Angelou speaks the truth about gender differences and how important it is to recognize both genders and celebrate their presence in the different components of life; especially in our military. Through research this paper brings together the importance of gender differences and the gender accommodations that are lacking within the military.
Background and History The military has a long history of acceptance with women working in the armed forces. History dates back to the American Revolution (1775-1783) when women served as battlefield nurses, water bearers, cooks, laundresses and saboteurs. (Women in the military, 2008) Women working in these roles continued through the Civil War and the Spanish-American war. Throughout World War I and World War II, women continued
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(Women in the military, 2008) Although the increase in women involvement within the military has been a huge stepping stone within our society, the military still has a long way to go. Many women are still restricted from different positions within the military. (Colonial women’s foundation, 2010) Gender differences in the military are a crucial part to the success of our military. Women still struggle to find equal opportunities or fair and equal treatment. Making the decision to allow women into the military was a positive impact for our soldiers however the leadership team needs to continue to find ways to balance those differences and put plans into place to better care for both genders. Although women fight to be treated fairly and equal they are also looking to be treated with respected and understanding of their gender.
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