Aida Aponte: Women have always been warriors

Cpt._Kristen_GriestWomen of all military branches have been granted the access to serve in combat.

That has been a hot topic since the American military’s establishment. Wives of men in the Revolutionary War and women in the early nursing corps paved the way for female integration.

“The important factor in making my decision was to have access to every American who could add strength to the joint force,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who made his decision on gender integration. Not only can women join all combat jobs, but combat specialty schools such as, the Army’s Ranger school.

In fact, this past August, three women graduated from Ranger school. Capt. Kristen Griest (pictured), one of the three female graduates, is now the first female infantry officer.

This may not sound like a big deal for the average civilian, but it is. Women throughout American war history have still yet to get credit for their bravery, intellect and sense of duty to their country. A documentary named “Unsung Heroes” explored the women’s military suffrage and contributions to all America’s wars.

Dreams were granted and stigmas broken this past year for military women. The military profession continues to show its growth  by letting those who have the qualifications earn their position.

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