Gi Jane Essay

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GI JANEIn 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 thenylons of woman activists. The question of whether women should have to serve incombat 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 theirway into the top military academies, the Citadel being the most recent case. These womanhave claimed being just as tough as men, which is scientifically incorrect, but hey it's adefense. They have, through grueling court battles, made their way into the elite schoolsof 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 oncethey got in. Ms. Faulkner won her legal battle to enter the Citadel, breaking a 152 yeartradition of training men only. On August 14, 1995, during her first day of militarytraining, she collapsed from heat exhaustion. Within days, she abruptly withdrew from thecollege, 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 crashedin' on her in the first days there. After not quite making the cut, and surviving the stressand trials of these places, they say that it is because the men were too hard on them. 'Toohard' is not a valid sentence in the military, you are either tough enough or you fail.I am not a sexist, don't get me wrong. I know many woman who are myintellectual superiors whom I admire. I have even met a few that I probably would notwant to mess with. What I am trying to show is that while in some cases they can functionin 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 ofwomen at West Point achieved scores on the Army Physical Fitness Test equivalent to thebottom 20 percent of male cadets. Only seven percent of women can meet a score of 60...

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