Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on the history of women in military. Various women ranging from single mothers, married women, and women from different races have varied experiences of their time in the military. Spending time in military camps is a daunting task for these women. Some have become comfortable with the situation while others who view the job as strenuous and quite involving.
Statistics indicate that the number of women in the military is much lower than that of men. Based on the physiological and anatomical conditions, men have been shown to be more resilient and hence their participation in the military has surpassed that of women. According to the Department of Defense, there were 214,098 women in the military as at 27th of December 2013, this represents 14.6% of the entire military population (Static Brain 1). The mothering aspect of women is also another aspect that has reduced the participation of women in military activities. These statistics are anticipated to increase especially after a policy to allow women to take up roles in the infantry is being enacted. it is estimated that by 2016 women will have active roles in the infantry.
The rate of single mothers in the military has been on the rise in the US military. This has been associated with diverse causes. According to a research study by Ibis Reproductive Health, servicewomen have increased chances of unintended pregnancy as compared to the average civilian (Steiger 1). The research found that between 2005 and 2008, there was an increase in unintended pregnancy rate from 9.7% to 10.5% (Steiger 1). The two reasons that have been addressed to be the cause of the unintended pregnancies are the inadequate provision of reproductive health services and the high rate of sexual assault among the women in the military. The presence of a such a number of single mothers has created some disparity in the military were the focus of some women shifts to nursing and care.