Operation Iraqi Freedom is the
first war in which American women in the military have been killed in
direct ground combat.
are serving in the United States military in greater numbers than ever
before. Women make up fifteen percent of the
American troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although it
official Pentagon policy that women not serve in direct ground
offensive combat roles, the current situation makes the application of
this rule impractical. Women are being wounded and killed in
greater numbers than in any other war.
women died serving in the Vietnam War. One hundred and seventy-one American
military women have
died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom,
as of December 30, 2014, when the project was concluded.
What happens when the mothers
of warriors become the warriors themselves? When the traditionally tender
become inseparably involved in brutal warfare?
the inclusion of women among those sacrificed eventually tame the fury