Academic journal article Military Review

The Kinder, Gentler Military: Can America's Gender-Neutral Fighting Force Still Win Wars?

Academic journal article Military Review

The Kinder, Gentler Military: Can America's Gender-Neutral Fighting Force Still Win Wars?

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THE KINDER, GENTLER MILITARY: Can America's Gender-Neutral Fighting Force Still Win Wars? Stephanie Gutmann, Scribner, New York, 2000, 300 pages, $25.00.

As stated in Stephanie Gutmann's introduction to The Kinder, Gentler Military, "One of the projects mesmerizing the brass throughout the nineties was the integration of women" into the military. She goes on to admit that "surely women have been in the forces ... forever. . , but something new happened in the nineties in respect to the way the military handled women issues." That something, Gutmann claims, is that the U.S. military is being used as a social experiment for gender integration. Her premise is that this social experiment is counter to what the military intended-fighting the nation's wars in defense of its vital interests.

This book is a devastating critique of the military's sex-integration efforts. It reports how the U.S. Department of Defense allowed women"to come into basic training at dramatically lower fitness levels . …

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