Recent years has witnessed the great progress in gender equality in many fields and women are no longer limited in the occupations such as housewives, laundresses or nurses. However, there is still a relatively small portion of women in the armed forces. Many people still believe that women are not capable to be soldiers as men can do in the army, navy or air force, which I think is quite reasonable.
Being a qualified soldier is not only physically demanding but also mentally challenging. Firstly, women are genetically not so strong and muscular as men, which is an obvious disadvantage in the army. They may have to make much more efforts in training just to perform as well as their male counterparts. Besides, one important quality of a soldier is that they need to keep clam under some dangerous and complex circumstance. Compared with men, women tend to be more emotional and irrational under such extreme conditions, which may lead them to make wrong decisions in a military mission.
Some people may criticize that it’s sexual discrimination if women don’t share the equality to join the army as men do. I think they are a bit overreacted over this issue. It’s true that everyone has the right to choose their favored occupation, under the premise that they are suitable for the job. Women have so many advantages over men in many fields such as education, nursery, and their natural characteristics such as kindness, patience and empathy also help them to perform much better in many other fields. There is no need for them to prove themselves in the army as they can beat men down in other industries.
It is true that there are many outstanding female soldiers in the army and they perform as better as men soldiers do, but they are still take a small proportion. Thus I believe that it would be better for women to take other jobs except for being a member in the army.