Target: U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
Goal: Commend decision to allow women to serve in military combat
The U.S. Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, announced to NBC News that women in the Armed Forces will soon be able to fight in combat. The Department of Defense’s ‘Direct ground combat exclusion,’ the policy which has long prevented women from fighting on the front lines, is being eliminated. This means that women will be able to fight in battalion positions for the first time in U.S. history. More than 200,000 positions in the Armed Forces will become available to women, including 5,000 positions in the Marine Corps in ground combat.
This remarkable change in U.S. policy is not only creating a multitude of jobs, but is promoting gender equality in the Armed Forces. Women have long been considered the ‘weaker sex,’ who need protection from their male counterparts. Propaganda, in the United States and abroad, has depicted women as belonging in the home during times of war, rather than in the battlefield.
Meanwhile, many women have chosen a life in the military and want to fight for their country, in spite of many outdated sexist policies and attitudes about women in the military.
Allowing women to fight in ground combat allows female soldiers to pursue career goals and ambitions without being hindered by gender bias. Thank the Department of Defense for allowing women to fight in combat.
Dear Secretary Panetta,
You recently announced on NBC that women will soon be allowed to fight in combat in the Armed Forces. For the first time in U.S. history, women will gain access to all forms of military careers, in and out of ground combat. Eliminating the ‘Direct ground combat exclusion’ will not only create more than 200,000 new job opportunities for women, but also allow access to the esteemed ground combat units in the Marine Corps. This is a tremendous step towards gender equality.
Gender bias has long been a part of American (and worldwide) history. Women have been excluded from the military for most of U.S. history, and have been subject to many sexist policies and attitudes which prevented their promotion through the Armed Forces, and prevented their participation in direct combat.
Despite these challenges, hundreds of thousands of women have proven that they want to fight for their country and be considered equal members of the Armed Forces.
I would like to commend you for allowing women to fight in combat. This decision helps to promote equal rights in the military and disprove outdated stereotypes about women as the weaker sex. Thank you for fighting for the rights of women in the Armed Forces.
[Your Name Here]
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