Biographies and histories document pervasive male dominance in military roles, while in the United States and worldwide, military cultures continue to be shaped by male leaders and heroes. Although women have unofficially been involved in the security and defense of the United States since the Revolutionary War, and women have been members of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) since its inception, Congress did not pass the Women's Armed Services Integration Act until 1948. The act made women other than nurses eligible to serve in the active duty military in times of peace as permanent regular and reserve members of the Army, Navy, Marines, and the then recently formed Air Force.

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