Women in Ground Close Combat

TitleWomen in Ground Close Combat
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMatthews, Ron, and Randolf G. S. Cooper
JournalRoyal United Services Institute Journal
Start Page14
Date Published03/2016

As the global momentum towards the acceptance of women in ground close combat (GCC) continues to grow, the US decided in December 2015 to open all GCC roles to women without exception – a controversial and, some say, politically motivated decision. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is under political pressure to accept women in GCC, but has indicated it will give proper consideration to the Big Data generated by the numerically more significant US experience. In this article, Fitriani, Cooper and Matthews argue that the MoD’s quest for more data is part of a sincere effort to place the debate squarely within the realm of investigative research rather than gender theory. They contextualise the MoD’s decision while establishing a framework to demonstrate that denying GCC roles to British women would be seen as running counter to international trends.

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