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Master's Culminating Experience

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With the recent change in social policy allowing women to enter combat roles:, the issue of women in the military has gained much attention. Although women have served the U.S. in every war since the Revolutionary War (although not always in uniform), the contemporary debate about women in the military is being addressed again in the press and on Capitol Hill.

This project addresses the cost of having women in the U.S. military. Specifically, I will compare the relative cost of men and women serving in the armed forces. My hypothesis is that, today, the marginal cost of sustaining a woman in uniform is less than the marginal cost of sustaining a man.