Women serve in combat in the U.S. military -- this is the reality of war -- and the Pentagon is now acknowledging as much. In the coming months, the armed services will look at how to open up ground combat positions that have been closed to women in the past. NPR's veterans correspondent Quil Lawrence profiles some of the women who have already served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawrence reports on their roles in combat, the impact of military service on their families, and the problem of rape and sexual assault in the military. The five-part series airs during Morning Edition and Weekend Edition beginning Sunday March 17 on witf FM.
Women Combat Veterans - Monday, March 18th - The U.S. military stretched the limits of the ground combat ban in Afghanistan as women became a critical part of counter-insurgency operations. NPR's Quil Lawrence reports on the evolution of women's roles in combat.
Family - Tuesday, March 19th - War has always affected the families of the men who fight them -- both during the conflict and the transition home. What about when women are fighting those wars? Quil Lawrence examines why it's often harder for the thousands of female soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sexual Assault - Wednesday, March 20th - A woman who joins the U.S. military is significantly more likely to be raped than a civilian woman. We meet two women who explain what happened to them and why the military's culture seems to permit violence against women, despite promises to do better.
Investigating Sexual Assault - Thursday, March 21st - Can the military justice system offer justice to women who were raped or sexually assaulted while serving their country? Quil Lawrence profiles one woman whose decision to prosecute her accuser ruined her career.
Identity - Friday. March 22nd - Quil Lawrence profiles several women trying to reintegrate themselves into society. It turns out the values and personas needed to adopt to succeed in the military don't work for women back in the civilian world.
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