Women in the Military

Women in the Military

by Victoria Sherrow
     
 
In a time of war, when the need for military personnel is greatest, do restrictions on women soldiers make sense? Supporters of the existing policies say that war is not the time to engage in social experiments that could affect unit cohesion and morale. Opponents question how we can maintain a free and open society while denying women soldiers the right to defend

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In a time of war, when the need for military personnel is greatest, do restrictions on women soldiers make sense? Supporters of the existing policies say that war is not the time to engage in social experiments that could affect unit cohesion and morale. Opponents question how we can maintain a free and open society while denying women soldiers the right to defend those freedoms. Do restrictions on women in war have legitimate aims or are they based on outdated stereotypes? Women in the Military explores these other related questions in this timely and thought-provoking debate.

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Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
This title from the "Point/Counterpoint" series presents debated issues pertaining to women's service in the United States armed forces. A foreword discusses why it is important to examine two or more sides of issues in general. The book's introductory chapter gives a history of women warriors from ancient Egypt to the current day with most of its focus covering the period from the American colonial era to the war in Iraq. The next point/counterpoint section presents the arguments and evidence supporting and opposing the position that "Restrictions against Women in Combat Should Remain in Place." The next section argues for and against the existence of "gender-integrated training and units." The final extensively-argued point is that military policies currently in place concerning motherhood threaten both national security and American society. Following these three in-depth discussions, the concluding chapter briefly touches on five other controversial issues: the attempt to keep women out of units that support combat troops, the question of whether or not women should be required to register with the Selective Service at eighteen as men must, the place of women in the military academies, the problem of sexual misconduct in the armed forces, and the question of whether women should serve on submarines. Occasional color photographs illustrate the text, and sidebars offer the language of specific laws, judicial rulings, and quotations from official reports. Following the text, the book presents six pages of notes; five pages of resources, including books, articles, and Web sites; four pages listing relevant public laws and court cases; three pages describing how to begin doing legalresearch; a page illustrating common citation forms; and an extensive index.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791092903
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Point/Counterpoint Series: Issues in Contemporary American Society
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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