This essay GI Jane has a total of 771 words and 4 pages.
In today\'s society, with affirmative action full out in most industries
and businesses, and the equal rights movement having made great progress;
there is finally a snag in the nylons of woman activists. The question of
whether women should have to serve in combat is upon us. And I am all to happy
to give my whole hearted no.
If you have kept up with the news in recent years, women have been
fighting their way into the top military academies, the Citadel being the most
recent case. These woman have claimed being just as tough as men, which is
scientifically incorrect, but hey it\'s a defense. They have, through grueling
court battles, made their way into the elite schools of our great military,
where our best men have been serving us for generations. While claiming to be
every bit as good as the men, they have for a most part failed once they got in.
Ms. Faulkner won her legal battle to enter the Citadel, breaking a 152 year
tradition of training men only. On August 14, 1995, during her first day of
military training, she collapsed from heat exhaustion. Within days, she abruptly
withdrew from the college, forced to admit that she could not withstand the
rigors of "hell week." Ms. Faulkner, fighting back tears, explained that two
and a half years of stress had "all crashed in" on her in the first days there.
After not quite making the cut, and surviving the stress and trials of these
places, they say that it is because the men were too hard on them. "Too hard"
is not a valid sentence in the military, you are either tough enough or you
I am not a sexist, don\'t get me wrong. I know many woman who are my
intellectual superiors whom I admire. I have even met a few that I probably
would not want to mess with. What I am trying to show is that while in some
cases they can function in combat; they are, for the most part, detrimental
to military efficiency.
Chairman of the Department of Military Science at the University of
Michigan, who conducted a test of Army officer candidates, and found that: The
top 20 percent of women at West Point achieved scores on the Army Physical
Fitness Test equivalent to the bottom 20 percent of male cadets. Only seven
percent of women can meet a score of 60 on the push-up test,
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