Women & War: Female Soldiers Could Be Pulled From The Front Line
Posted October 23, 2001 1:47 a.m. EDT
FORT BRAGG — According to an article in U.S. News and World Report, the Bush Administration wants to pull back women from the front lines.
Under the plan, women would not see combat. That is an about face from the Clinton Administration, which favored putting women into battle.
"I don't think women should be on the front line. Kind of a morale thing. I think if like a woman was to get injured, I think a man would be more -- he'd go help her before he helped another male soldier maybe," said a female soldier at Fort Bragg.
"God's nature is that he's built men a little bit stronger than women. I guess it sounds a little sexest," said a male soldier at Fort Bragg.
There is a gap between the sexes. There are about one million active duty men in the U.S. military versus 200,000 women.
The women are outnumbered, but determined not to be outdone.
"It's been my experience, that throughout my 26-year career, that the doors continue to open for women," said Gen. Ann Dunwoody, 1st Corps Support Command. "As I stand here today and have the opportunity to command the only contingency logistics corp in the Army, who would have thought 26 years ago that that would have been possible."
There are about 30,000 women stationed at Fort Bragg, and more than that when members of Special Operations and Womack Army Medical Center are included.