In army there are no men and women. There are only soldiers.
Till date there are a lot of instances of women lying down their lives in war. While some of them were considered to be just war casualties, others are deified as martyrs. The United States of America too has got few of such notable ladies lying buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
One such a valiant lady is Tammy Duckworth, a disabled war veteran who is currently serving in the White House. She showed great courage and determination at a crucial stage in the Iraq war in which she received the fatal blow. Indeed, Ms Duckworth is a living example of how a woman can be hailed as a war hero among her countrymen.
War front has not been the same as it used to be some decades before. The concept of predefined first line of force is long gone. All we have left with is strategic strike groups, who can be assigned with cross-vertical tasks. More than on battlefield, these days the course of combat is decided on war control rooms.
Today the concept of war has also took a major deflect without conforming the fight against any particular enemy limiting in a particular area. On the contrary, this has been spread all throughout and sometimes extending even through decades. Take for instance the Fight Against Terror.
This defines that if there are women forces in military, quite obviously they are into one type of combat activity or another. The presence of women in armed forces also enabled the US Army to enjoy a greater outreach to locals in Afghanistan. However, such a step can also backfire and can prove to be vulnerable for the combat unit assigned to such a mission.
The current DOD policy is to not assign women to combat units, yet irregular warfare, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan, places those in combat support or combat-service support units in just as much risk as the infantry.
— Joe Davis, Director (Public Affairs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars)
Though there are female soldiers fighting and dying for their country, seldom they are allowed to move up to the ranks of a Brigadier or Commander like their male counterparts. While one needs the combat badges to move up the ladder, women soldiers, in spite of having all the required qualities and experience to adorn the top brass were denied so as they were not allowed to take a direct part in the combat activities till some days before.
However, with good sense prevailing in the end, we could now expect more and more women military personnel occupying the coveted posts in the US military and take the country to glorious heights.