Growing number of military women see combat, serve in leadership roles.

Though men continue to make up the bulk of the…

Though men continue to make up the bulk of the fighting force, the proportion of women in the military is soaring, says the Pew Research study, which also found a greater share of women than men in the military are black and a smaller share of females are married compared to their male counterparts.

Female veterans are also more apt to be critical of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than male veterans, the study found.

“The presence of women is felt now more than in any other previous era,” said Kim Parker, researcher and co-author of the report. “And what we see is that it’s not just in the enlisted ranks, but there are many more women in leadership role. The military has become a place of opportunity for both racial minorities as well as for women to take on leadership roles.”

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  • Jman

    Wow Marine302, Men like you are still around? Now I aint no pansey But really Your so insecure about having a female fight right beside you cause you think they can’t handle it or they are trying to compete! Really? How about they joined to fight for our country, for the same cause dipsht. That means you lost your faith in the Marine Core training or you have seen EVERY FEMALE loose it and could not fight because they were ladies… Blah,blah,blah… Dude I would be proud to have any well trained Marine male/female fight along myside in war because nothing I mean nothing can rattle or intimidate a Marine off his/her mission when trained properly. I’m not even a Marine and know this. Your the type of guy that gets his buddy’s killed cause your alpha male ass can’t see straight. Take that little peepee out of your hands and stuff in back in your pants and give them a chance before you make crappy comments like this.. damn im out….

  • Marine302

    Oh wonderful! I can just picture it now…Bullets flying everywhere, blood gushing from a gaping mouth, everywhere chaos…and 10[ 6ft 4″] marines crouched, wating for thier orders from some little dame who is out there because thinks she can “compete with those men”…maybe we have taken the “We can do it” slogan from WWII a little too far…Ladies, just some advice: let the men handle it…