US Military Band of Brothers Culture and the Combat Exclusion for Women in a Trump Era

Megan MacKenzie

February 28, 2017

Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Room 2545, UMass Boston

This presentation examines the band of brothers myth and how it informs US military policy. It also asks what a Trump presidency means for US military culture and for recent policy changes such as removing the combat exclusion for women and opening the military to transgender service members.

Megan MacKenzie is a senior lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. Her research centers on gender and security. Her book, Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight was published with Cambridge University Press in 2015. Previous work includes her book Female Soldiers in Sierra Leone: Sex, Security and Post-Conflict Development (2012).

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