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How Can the United States Move toward Gender-Neutral Special Forces?: Lessons from the Norwegian Military

Loukou, M. (2020). How Can the United States Move toward Gender-Neutral Special Forces?: Lessons from the Norwegian Military. Expeditions with MCUP, doi: 10.36304/expwmcup.2020.06

Abstract

Militaries serve as cornerstones of many nations, and often behaviors within these militaries are reflected in society, and vice-versa. This article discusses key instances of female soldiers serving in the U.S. military and, more specifically, U.S. special operations forces. Team Lioness, Female Engagement Teams (FETs), and Cultural Support Teams (CSTs) have demonstrated not only that women are capable of serving in frontline roles but also that there exists a need for them to serve in those roles. This leads to an examination of whether a separate system of training and education for female soldiers could add value to the U.S. military’s current training systems. This article also takes a close look at the Norwegian Special Operations Forces all-female unit Jegertroppen, or Hunter Troop, to assess its advantages and drawbacks. The article concludes that despite some drawbacks regarding long-term deployment, the Jegertroppen program confirms the advantages of a separate system of training and education for female soldiers that could perhaps benefit the U.S. military.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright, Marine Corps University Press, 2020.
Publisher Keywords: United States, Norway, military service, women, female soldiers, gender equality, gender-neutral military, gender-neutral armed forces, special operations
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
F History United States, Canada, Latin America
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
U Military Science
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 15:16
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25190
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