Annotated Bibliography The Inclusion of Women in the Draft

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THE INCLUSION OF WOMEN IN THE DRAFT 1

Ellen, H. (2013). What women bring to the fight. Politics andGovernment Journals, 43(2), 1-7, Retrieved fromhttps://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-343463015/what-women-bring-to-the-fight

The sourcedismisses the opinion that including women in the military is amisguided decision. Specifically, it points out that women can keeppace on long-range patrols just like their male counterparts.Besides, the author provides that the overall performance of malesdoes not decrease when they fight alongside the women. Thiscontradicts the popular opinion that women have the possibility ofdegrading the performance of men. It provides the case of WestPointwhere 52 percent of female cadets passed the Army Physical FitnessTest (APFT) after going through the male standards. The source alsoquotes a set of research where it was observed that women have thecapacity to enhance the combat capabilities of the military from thesquad to the joint staff without impairing the cohesion of the team.Therefore, the source observes that there is a substantial percentageof women who are just as physically fit as men.

Ellen, H. (2015). Beyond the band of brothers: The US military andthe myth that women can`t fight. Politics and Government Journals,45(4) Retrieved fromhttps://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-452374583/beyond-the-band-of-brothers-the-us-military-and-the

The source dismisses the call to abolish the exclusion of women inthe military. It uses the book by Megan McKenzie, ‘Beyond theband of brothers`, to conclude that women’s exclusion from thearmy has nothing to do with their actual ability to fight. Instead,the author states that men exclude women from the military as astrategy to depict their position as exceptional, elite, andessential. The source uses McKenzie’s idea on the band of brothers’myth and how Shakespeare created it that was first developed byDarwin, and later expanded by Freud. The author notes that thenotion bout the band of brothers was not to be taken seriously yet itthen informed the military policies regarding the role andsuitability of servicewomen in combat.

Artemis, M. (2012).Careerchoices and gender: Female cadets at theHellenic Military Academy.Journal of Research in Gender Studies,2(1).Retrieved fromhttps://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-2878269191/career-choices-and-gender-female-cadets-at-the-hellenic

The source presentsthe results of a study conducted at the Hellenic Military Academy inGreece. It observes the increasing need for such academies in Greeceand the decisions made by both the male and female cadets. Itfollows the controversial nature of the relationship between themilitary and gender. The study observes that the Hellenic MilitaryAcademies recruit unusually gifted and motivated women. It alsostipulates that sometimes, the women who choose to join the militarydo so without the full knowledge of the army context. While intraining, women are treated differently to their male counterparts.Specifically, they face myriad types of gender stereotyping. Therefore, the success of women in the military depends on theirresistance to gender stereotypes and biased educational practicesdeveloped in the military.

Simons, S., King, A. &ampMcKay J. (2014). Deadly consequences: Howcowards are pushing women into combat. Politics and GovernmentJournals, 44(2). Retrieved fromhttp://wiisglobal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Program.pdf

The source observesthat the decision to place women in combat is deceitful. The articleutilizes the perspectives developed by Robert Maginnis in his book,‘Deadly Consequences: How Cowards are Pushing Women intoCombat’. The report dismisses the belief that women are usefulin combat as a myth. It goes further and contends to the belief thatthe new battle field is woman friendly as well as the notion thatwomen are perfectly able to handle the rigors of combat. The sourcestipulates some of the risks associated with involving women intocombat. It associates women to compromised standards, failure tomatch with the combat requirements and mostly, an increase in sexualassaults.

Meghan, M.(2013). On women in battle. Politics and GovernmentJournals, 43(3) Retrieved fromhttps://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-353316472/on-women-in-battle

The article is a response to various articles that argued for andagainst the inclusion of women in combat. It answers the question asto whether the inclusion of women in the military has an effect oncohesion and culture. It also debates on whether women should berequired to meet the same physical standards provided by their malecounterparts. The source concludes that women have a positive impacton the military culture as well as cohesion. It also dismissesstudies that describe women to be inherently inferior to men in anyavenue as sexist. Finally, instead of preservation, the sourceobserves the need to revise the current military culture to includemore women.

References

Artemis, M. (2012). Careerchoices and gender: Female cadets at theHellenic Military Academy. Journal of Research in Gender Studies,2(1).Retrieved fromhttps://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-2878269191/career-choices-and-gender-female-cadets-at-the-hellenic

Ellen, H. (2013). What women bring to the fight. Politics andGovernment Journals, 43(2), 1-7. Retrieved fromhttps://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-343463015/what-women-bring-to-the-fight

Ellen, H. (2015). Beyond the band of brothers: The US military andthe myth that women can`t fight. Politics and Government Journals,45(4). Retrieved fromhttps://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-452374583/beyond-the-band-of-brothers-the-us-military-and-the

Meghan, M. (2013). On women in battle. Politics and GovernmentJournals, 43(3) Retrieved fromhttps://www.questia.com/library/journal/1G1-353316472/on-women-in-battle

Simons, S., King, A. &amp McKay J. (2014). Deadly consequences: Howcowards are pushing women into combat. Politics and GovernmentJournals, 44(2). Retrieved fromhttp://wiisglobal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Program.pdf

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