Accession Number : ADA200593


Title :   Woman in Combat


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Kirk, Kathleen F


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a200593.pdf


Report Date : Aug 1988


Pagination or Media Count : 92


Abstract : This thesis polls veterans of war and active duty men and women about their attitudes toward the assignment of women to combat units. The question is extremely complex, involving a cross section of social and military factors. Two powerful social forces are in collision here: The push for women's equal rights is in conflict with deeply rooted traditions that question the propriety of women under arms. The fact that public politics support equal opportunity in principle is indisputable, virtually every published opinion poll taken on the subject confirms it. However, the extent to which people will accept equality in practice, including committing women to combat, is less clear; virtually no public opinion polls have been taken on the subject. Also at odds are the more practical issues related to national security: the budgetary advantages of recruiting more women are at variance with perceived risk to the U.S. national interest. It is clear, were women to constitute a larger proportion of the military establishment, that personnel quality (measured by educational level, general intelligence and aptitude) would improve.


Descriptors :   *WOMEN , *WARFARE , NATIONAL SECURITY , EDUCATION , RECRUITING , PUBLIC OPINION , CROSS SECTIONS , LEVEL(QUANTITY) , ACTIVE DUTY , PERSONNEL , MALES , INTELLIGENCE , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , QUALITY


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE