Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
military, war, national security, women's studies, sex differences
Defense and Security Studies
This paper sought to understand what the impact of the integration of women has been to our nation's military. A history of the performance of women in basic training, their specialized military occupation, combat, and our highest military institutions was analyzed. There was then a comparison between the physical, psychological, and psychosocial differences between men and women using the fields of evolutionary biology, neurology, social anthropology, psychology, and the controlled observation of children. The evidence unanimously and irrefutably demonstrates that the differences between the sexes are based in nature through biological roots, and therefore are not socially constructed and cannot be educated or wished away. The traits which are most desirable in soldiers are characteristically male: physical strength and endurance, aggressiveness, willingness to be trained to kill an enemy, and willingness to expose oneself to risk. Integration of women in combat forces, and in the military overall, has had the impact of a weaker, less efficient, and less cohesive military.
© Kristia Natalia Cavere
Cavere, Kristia Natalia, "Women and War: the Impact of Feminization on Our Military" (2009). MSU Graduate Theses. 1445.