I'm not clear on how women are currently deployed in the US Military, but in our recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there can be no question that those anywhere in the theater are at risk. Nor can you bypass the sacrifice many have made just to serve.
Its hard to ignore the contributions of women in World War II, be it the WACS, the WAVES, the women who took jobs in factories building machinery or the women who carefully managed a country under rationing and who planted victory gardens.
Korea and Vietnam saw women serving in an increased capacity as medical staff.
Perhaps because of the necessity for everyone to wear a lot of hats in the first two or three hundred years of first European settlement and then reshaping of the continent, women have always played a part. You don't need to just look to Betsy Ross's contribution in The Revolutionary War. I'm not sure if they're still teaching about Molly Pitcher in history classes, but they should be.
|Oh... for the Navy. Well played, Navy. Well played.|