Significance of the United States military in World War

Significance of Women’s Army Corps?The United States of America struggled to earn its independence, and since that time women have contributed to those efforts. However, historically all wars were fought by men. The history of women serving within the United States military is complicated to say the least. Over the years specific stereotypes had been placed on American women stopping the from contributing to the war efforts. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942, the United States military had to send every available soldier overseas. This however created complications as it became difficult to keep things running with little help. The military was then forced to consider changing its ways in order to meet the demand. It seemed imminent that more help was needed and at such a time women volunteered to take part in the war efforts. Although many opposed the idea at the start, there was no other solution. The stereotypes placed on American Women began to change with the formation of the Women’s Army Corps in 1942.The formation of the Women’s Army corps allowed women to hold noncombat positions during World War II(World War II). This was crucial as it allowed the American army to modernize and thrive. Before this branch of military was created women were not allowed to serve in the army, with the exception of nurses. The contributions made due to formation of the US Women’s Army Corps in 1942 allowed for the success of the United States military in World War II.?The formation of the Women’s Army Corps did not come without difficulties. The idea of women serving in the army was difficult to comprehend by many Americans. Although many opposed the idea there were those who fought hard in order to pass the bills required to create this new branch of government. The idea became less of a taboo when Congresswoman Edith Nourse Rogers introduced a bill to the House of Representatives in order to form a Women’s Auxiliary Unit within the US military. She proposed the idea that approximately 25,000 women hold clerical jobs so that enlisted soldier could be sent to the war front. In response to this bill, Chief of Staff George C. Marshall approved this idea on the basis that it would help efficiently conduct all tasks needed within the army while still having men available for combat duty. However, when Congresswoman Rogers tried to pass another bill allowing women to gain military status on the same basis as men, controversy began to rise. Many opposed the idea of women having military status, even women in the Nurse Corps were not allowed to receive commission. Ironically, the Catholic Church opposed women working in the army since they thought it would affect a woman’s duties for her home. Individuals wanted to limit any drastic changes to family life. This meant that women in the WAC faced the difficulty of not having to face specific regulations. However, on July 30th 1942 the president signed a bill to form the WAC. By signing this bill women were able to receive the same pay as men however they could not get retirement pensions. These women also couldn’t achieve higher levels than a lieutenant or colonel. These women were deployed in places all over the world such as Europe, North Africa, and Asia. The formation of the Women’s Army Corps allowed the United States to modernize and drift from traditional norms. These women worked as nurses, administrators, accountants, etc. Up until 1943 regulations were usually created for men however with the formation of this new branch changes had to be made. The women at this point were treated the same way men were with no special treatment. However, it is important to recognize that women who served in the Women’s Army Corps greatly contributed to the success of the US army in World War II(Treadwell).?The Women’s Army Corps was crucial to the success of the US army during World War II. The formation of this branch allowed the creation of manpower. At the start many questioned the success of these women. Some made jokes by calling them “skirted soldiers” and making fun of the hats they wore as part of their uniforms. Women were not taken seriously especially in the beginning. However, that idea quickly changed as some colonels realized that women were more efficient than men.  Many later began to recognize the same and agreed that American women were some of the best soldiers. Interestingly enough, in Europe the Women’s Army Corps members were referred to as “Eisenhower’s secret weapon(Permeswaran)”. Those who opposed began to regret their first negative reaction to women serving in the army. The success of the WAC was so great that in 1943 General Marshall asked Congress to give women full military status. It was evident that the struggles these women faced in order to integrate into the army were worth it. More than 150,000 women performed tasks ranging from clerks to drivers, all helping the US army strengthen and succeed. ?However, as successful as the women’s army corps was, that success came to an end. Women were some of Americas best soldiers. These women worked twice as hard, followed orders, and complained less. All these great qualities helped important political figures recognize how significant of an asset these soldiers could be. It reached a point where many generals proposed the idea for women to be drafted into the war. This success kick started the need for change. In 1978 Congress agreed to fully integrate women into the U.S military with no segregation. Senator William Proxmire proposed the idea to amend the FY 1979 Defense Procurement Authorization Bill officially ending the Women’s Army Corps. However women were only allowed near combat situations since 1994. (“Women’s Army Corps | Women In The Service). ?The Women’s Army Corps could be considered a great achievement. More than 150,000 American women served in