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March 2020

Search Terms

Begin by using these keywords in your search engine.  Use quotes for more exact results.

 "Armed Forces" AND Women


"Military personnel" AND Women

"Women and war"

"Women in combat"

"Women in the military"

"Women in war"

"Women soldiers"

* .mil only

Guide Description

Leon Panetta, US Secretary of Defense, lifted the ban on female personnel serving in US combat units in January 2013. He announced that beginning in 2016, women will be allowed to serve in ground-combat roles in the US armed forces.

'Combat' is generally defined as armed conflict between opposing military forces to establish dominance over or to kill the opposition.  Allowing women to serve in combat front line infantry is a hotly debated and controversial topic.

This guide addresses some of the physical, psychological and tactical concerns of placing female military personnel on the front lines by providing authoritative and relevant information sources on this contentious topic. 

This research guide is not a comprehensive listing of sources, but is intended to be a starting point from which students can begin their research according to their specific needs.

Access to AUL subscription databases is limited to current Air University faculty and students.

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