Women At Arm, A Combat Role and Anguish Too, NY Times Nov 11 2009
Women now represent nearly 15% of the fighting force. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars has significantly change the roles women are engaged in during war. The enemy has chosen the Improved Explosive Device (IED) as its weapon of choice. IED are frequently used to disrupt and/or destroy transportation routes. Many of the drivers of military vehicles are women, and they are now direct targets of the enemy. Women are also being utilized in house to house searches. US military has learned that it is more effective and culturally acceptable for women service members to interview Iraqi and Afghan women and children. The landscape of these two war fronts have changed to role of women in combat. The front lines have no longer have gender boundaries.