A female soldier in the US military has refused to serve in Iraq, accusing some of her superiors of using the war zone as a pretext for sexual harassment. In what is believed to be the first case of a female soldier refusing to serve because she feared sexual harassment, Suzanne Swift, 21, a specialist with the 54th military police company, told the Guardian she did not join her unit when it left for a second tour of duty in Iraq because it meant a return to a regime of harassment. Spc Swift's decision to go public in her charges against three of her superiors - is rare in the US military where veteran advocates say women risk retribution if they complain of harassment. But she joins a growing number of US troops who, having enlisted, are refusing service in Iraq.
Woman soldier claims sex harassment in Iraq
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Across the armed services, women made up 16 percent of the active-duty military as of — by branch, that number ranged from 8. Their representation is small and growing only marginally — in , women in uniform made up Despite being overlooked, servicewomen are forging new career paths for themselves and the next generation as they enter jobs that were once closed to them. Consider pioneers like Capt. Rosemary Mariner , who was one of the first female Navy pilots in the s and the first woman to lead a naval aviation squadron. She died in January from ovarian cancer, and her memory was honored last month with a flyover using all-female pilots.
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Instead, the idyllic scene is soundtracked by the jackhammering of an MB machine gun squeezing out five- to seven-round bursts. First Lieutenant James Vigil walks over to examine the weapon. The pound piece of steel and titanium has been acting up all afternoon. Wallace shrugs and joins a few other soldiers waiting in the shade for their turns to shoot. Some spit chewing tobacco into plastic soda bottles.
Some countries, like Sweden, already allow women to take combat roles; others, like the U. Remember the American women taken prisoner and killed in the Iraq war? American society did not fall to pieces because the dead and the captured were females.