For thousands of years in a substantial number of cultures and nations, women have served in various roles in the military, from ancient warrior women to those currently serving in current armed conflicts.
Despite various roles in the armies of past societies, the role of women in the military, particularly in combat, is controversial and it is only recently that women have begun to be given a more prominent role in contemporary armed forces. As increasing numbers of countries begin to expand the role of women in their militaries, the debate continues.
More recently, from the beginning of the 1970s, most Western armies have begun to admit women to serve active duty in all of military branches. In nine countries women are conscripted into military.
Pfc. Janelle Zalkovsky of the Civil Affairs Unit, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne provides security while other Soldiers survey a newly constructed road in Ibriam Jaffes, Iraq, Dec. 4, 2005. The road project was initiated by the Civil Affairs Unit and cooperation with local officials to provide better access to the village from other main travel routes.(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Charles W. Gill) (Released)
Four F-15 Eagle pilots from the 3rd Wing walk to their respective jets at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, on Wednesday, July 5, for the fini flight of Maj. Andrea Misener (far left). To her right are Capt. Jammie Jamieson, Maj. Carey Jones and Capt. Samantha Weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Keith Brown)
вЂњSoldiers to Citizens: What to do in Case of Rocket AttacksвЂќ, 2012. Terrorists in the Gaza Strip have fired more than 300 rockets since this Friday, striking major population centers in southern Israel. More than one million Israelis are under the threat of rocket fire. Combat soldiers and emergency instructors of the Home Front Command spread throughout the country, explaining citizens how to act in case of rocket attacks. Pictured above are the soldiers of the Home Front Command, helping out in the emergency call room of the Israeli Police.
EMBARGOED TO 0001 THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26 Staff Sergeant Kate Elizabeth Lord of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps after she was named as being awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service during an event at Lancaster House, London where the latest Operational Honours and Awards was announced. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 25, 2015. She challenged the opinions of young male Afghan instructors while mentoring them at the Afghan National Army officer academy in Kabul, proving her physical prowess and winning their admiration. See PA story DEFENCE Medals Lord. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
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PARRIS ISLAND, SC – JANUARY 15: United States Marine Corps female recruit Stephanie Palladino adjusts her Kevlar helmet January 15, 2003 before re-entering the Combat Pool for another swim lesson during boot camp on Parris Island, SC. Under the watchful eyes of swim instructors, recruits are required to swim in full gear and learn limited strokes and breathing to stay afloat along with life saving techniques. (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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