Not Every G.I. Is a Joe

Not Every G.I. Is A Joe

The year is 2015.

This millennial generation stands for equality, acceptance, perseverance, and the advancement of all.  However, there are many strides that need to be taken in order for this dream to continue to grow.  One problem in particular is the United States Military having gender bans on certain groups or elite schools of combat.  This not only prevents women who have served or would like to serve in the military {in these groups} from attempting these schools, but it is a conscious act of gender discrimination by those people in power not wanting a fully gender equal military.

This goes to show that there are still people in this day and age that believe women are inferior, physically and mentally,  or are unable to perform the same tasks as their male counterparts, specifically, but not exclusively, in the military.  Until January of 2013, women were not technically allowed or recognized to participate in combat war, otherwise known as fighting on the ‘front lines’.  According to an article from January 24, 2013 by Elisabeth Bumiller at the New York Times “This groundbreaking decision overturns a 1994 Pentagon rule that restricts women from artillery, armor, infantry and other such combat roles, even though in reality women have frequently found themselves in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan; according to the Pentagon, hundreds of thousands of women have deployed in those conflicts. As of last year, more than 800 women had been wounded in the two wars and more than 130 had died.” (p. A1).

However, just because there were bans on women in the combat roles, doesn’t mean that women weren’t already there. This law that was passed was a huge breakthrough in women’s advancement in the military.  Now they could be awarded and honored for the courageous acts they performed.  As wonderful as the passing of that law was, there was still much more progress for women regarding their eligibility with their service in the military.

Two years later from the passing of the law that legalized women into combat, women were finally given an opportunity to prove themselves equal to the men, and try out the elite Army Ranger School.  According to Oppel (2015), the Army gave a one-time chance for up to sixty women to attempt the Ranger training in April 2015.  This was monumental, and was the first step in proving that women lived up to the male standards.

In August 2015, two graduates of West Point were the first two women in history to ever graduate from the grueling Army Ranger School.  By law, they are not allowed to serve in the male exclusive 75th Ranger Regiment, but they can still wear the Ranger Tab.  Since they have graduated, the other branches of the military have taken into consideration of allowing their elite to include women as well.  This is a far cry from not even being recognized as active duty combat women, to being given an opportunity to perform alongside the best ranger candidates.

The fact is that women have always been a part of the military and have always had a strong role in it, and that is not going to change any time soon.


Bumiller, E. (2013, January 24). Equality at the Front Line: Pentagon is Set to Lift Ban on Women in Combat Roles. New York Times, p. A1. Retrieved September 24, 2015.

OPPEL, R. A., J. (2015, Aug 18). Two women will graduate from army’s ranger school. New York Times Retrieved from

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