The wartime edict allowing women to serve in administrative support to “free a Marine to fight” 100 years ago was only the first step to women now completing the notoriously challenging Infantry Officer Course. Women have moved through the obstacles to compete for positions and roles in America’s military.
In this Special Issue of MCU Journal, featuring “Gender Integration,” you will find an assortment of articles authored and/or reviewed by women. You will read about the historical perspective that showcases the blending of women into global militaries along with the expansion of women’s roles within the Department of Defense (DOD) that have resulted in Congressional legislation. The story is not just about the women in the military global movement. Recurring themes about women’s roles in the militaries and armed forces’ combat have shifted through history. The articles highlight gender integration and cover important milestones related to women in the U.S. military.
The MCU Journal discusses women soldiers and their roles in the U.K. and USSR armed forces during World War II. It also discusses the creation of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services as well as the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces. The creation of these committees provided women the opportunity to play a more significant role in gaining gender equality in the U.S. military. Other noteworthy topics throughout the Journal include the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, Women in the Infantry, Gender Equality in Latin America, and Israel Border Policewomen.
Scholars in military history, political science, international relations, national security, and women currently serving in the military should reference this important document about the challenges of mixed gender basic training in the U.S. Armed Forces. Plus, historians and students engaged in military and women’s studies, as well as military enthusiasts, may want a copy of this publication.
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