Jack E. Kemp
In the last few months I've been reading and researching post traumatic stress and have found that data that says women are more susceptible to PTSD, especially as their "non-combat" jobs become front line jobs in Iraq's constant urban guerrilla war where everything is the front lines. And there is both a high (voluntary) pregnancy and rape rate in the military. Women now constitute now about 15-17 percent of the US military and there are many heterosexual couples where are members are serving in the military these days.
But the conclusion I have to draw is not the facile "get rid of the dames" but rather that unless we start reinstating the Draft, the military can't operate without both the women and the reservists at the counterinsurgency front, many of whom are sent on too many combat redeployments. A universal male draft was the Duty of the Polis in ancient Greece. Modern Greece seems to have lost that sense, but that's another topic. If the general population was more familiar with having family members in the service, the returnees from wars would get a higher rate of social support, although it is a lot better now than it was in the Vietnam era.
The US military is forced to take guys who have said in writing that they have raped women. That claim was made by a military investigator in that military rape movie "The Invisible War" for which I may have sent you my review article. And the movie has a strong message telling people not to allow their daughters to enlist.One woman vet mentioned in a book that she had to shoot a young boy with a grenade who was on an overpass in Iraq ready to drop it on her patrol - and the first time, she could only shoot over his head. What she did in subsequent patrols was not mentioned. And another woman saw too much death in the streets, along with her job in a military hospital overseas, leading to her later committing suicide later in the US (she came from a very troubled home as well). Don't think these messages aren't getting out among American women veterans and their female friends and family. It's called significant gossip.
In one book about a male Marine officer about the cute puppy he brought home from Iraq, he casually talks about what parts of a dead Iraqi in the street the packs of wild dogs preferred to first eat. This is not something you'd even see in a Steven Spielberg or John Wayne movie.
Don't believe that there isn't significant turnover in the voluntary military. It exists, particularly as a result of combat related injuries.
There a lot of things that women still could do in a larger male population military. In Israel, most women are not combatants even though they train with rifles in boot camp. I knew a guy in Israel who was taught how to use Raytheon Hawk ground to air missiles by a female army instructor.
Imagine you were a US Army recruiter in this society. Short of being able to remake the US national budget priorities (even though there is no written national budget these days) and getting rid of Howard Zinn's influence in high schools and Bill Ayer's influence in the colleges of education, what would you do to remedy current situation? I personally have no answers, just these questions.