O'Beirne, Kate
May 2003
National Review;5/19/2003, Vol. 55 Issue 9, p40
The article discusses the experiences of American military women in the Iraq War and issues related to inclusion of women in combats. It presents 19-year-old Army supply clerk Jessica Lynch's gruesome ordeal as a victim of war's brutality. Many of the American newspapers and journals carry articles related to women serving in combat. Such articles ignore the realities of modern military and the civilian workforce. Women are prevented from serving in direct land-combat positions and special-forces units. Lynch was used by editorial writers as a symbol of women's fitness for the battlefield. The proponents of combat integration assert that women must meet the same physical standards as men in the armed forces.


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