Biases in the United States Military: Past, Present, and Future Term Paper by Nicky

A look at overcoming bias in the US military.
# 150511 | 1,106 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US


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This paper argues that the branches of the United States military have long been marked by severe biases, where opportunities provided to some have been entirely denied to others for reasons of gender, race, and more recently, sexuality. According to the paper, the military has not shown a true and concerted attempt to match their actions to the equality promised, and has perpetuated itself by the consistent oppression of anyone different from themselves, meaning white, male heterosexuals. The paper examines various aspects of this bias, particularly noting the segregation of African-American and white troops throughout most of the country's history. Next, the paper considers the challenges of women in the military and instances of sexual harassment. Finally, the paper discusses the policy of "don't ask, don't tell" toward homosexuals in the military. The paper concludes by stating that despite the sanctioned discrimination in the US military toward women and homosexuals, the fight for equality must continue.

From the Paper:

"The various branches of the United States military have long been marked by severe biases, where opportunities provided to some--i.e. white heterosexual males--have been entirely denied to others quite explicitly for reasons of gender, race, and more recently, sexuality. From the segregation of troops through every major war until the Korean War to the very apparent dearth of female officers that persists to this day to the failed and discriminatory "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the military has not shown a true and concerted attempt to match their actions to the equality promised--or at least suggested by--their statements. Instead, the dominant power structure--again, white heterosexual males--has perpetuated itself by the consistent oppression of anyone different from themselves. This pattern was seen first in the segregation of African-Americans, then the barriers and degradations that women have been subjected to, and finally in the ongoing treatment of homosexuals."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Enrst, R. & Gilbeau, R. (1993). "Gender bias in the Navy." Naval postgraduate school. Accessed 24 September 2009. http://www.stormingmedia.us/42/4258/A425862.html
  • Burelli, D. & Feder, J. (2009). "Homosexuals and the U.S. the military: Current issues." Congressional research service. Accessed 24 September 2009. http://ftp.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL30113.pdf

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APA Format

Biases in the United States Military: Past, Present, and Future (2012, February 28) Retrieved November 17, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/biases-in-the-united-states-military-past-present-and-future-150511/

MLA Format

"Biases in the United States Military: Past, Present, and Future" 28 February 2012. Web. 17 November. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/biases-in-the-united-states-military-past-present-and-future-150511/>

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