America's military engagement in Afghanistan and Iraq has gone on for a decade and change now, and we've finally gotten far enough down on our checklist to address a pretty glaring oversight: we kindasorta forgot to make woman-specific body armor. Whoopsie-daisy.
In most countries, women aren't allowed to serve in combat roles. However, that doesn't mean they don't end up on the front lines, and female soldiers in the U.S. have complained that the restriction just means they aren't getting enough training for when they do end up in combat. Today Australia's military took a big…
Women aren't supposed to serve in military units whose primary focus is ground combat, but that doesn't mean they don't fight. And the prohibitions against combat may actually be bad for female soldiers.
Last year a British soldier, Private Kayle Donnelly, unknowingly fought in Afghanistan through the seventh month of her pregnancy. While serving as a machine gunner from March to September, Donnelly thought she was gaining weight due to the stress of being at war. Then during her vacation she started having…
Here's a riveting photo essay of the female U.S. marines who are trained to go where male soldiers cannot. Above, one of our favorite shots from the full collection.
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Australia is set to join the handful of countries that allow women to serve on the front lines. But many fear that women simply are not strong enough.
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A new PBS documentary, Lioness, sheds new light on the role of women in combat. (It's reviewed in today's Times.) While technically prohibited from direct ground combat, female soldiers in Iraq frequently find themselves occupying a "gray area" that's never existed in prior wars. As one soldier puts it, “We’ve had…