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Women and the Military
Women and the Military
By Martin Binkin and Shirley J. Bach
Brookings, 1977, 134 pp

A study of the controversial role of women in the U.S. armed forces. The authors, one a former officer and the other still on active duty, point out that the major restrictions on recruitment and functions of women are not primarily legal but derive from current policies and preferences. The work, well organized and documented to the degree possible in this "soft" area of public policy, sharply marshals for debate both the practical issues - numbers, quality, trends, strength, aptitude - and the emotional issue - combat.