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Women are increasingly serving in greater numbers in the United States military. As of 2020, there were over 355,000 female service members, representing about 16% of the total force. Military women are also performing in combat situations similar to that of their male counterparts, which has resulted in the increased forward deployment of women. This evolution of military women's duties, combined with opportunities for longer service careers, have triggered the need for a sex- and gender-specific health care system that addresses acute and chronic health issues as well as routine women's health care. As a female warfighter, it’s critical to maintain health, fitness and well-being to optimize mission readiness. Understanding the background and context of women's health in the military and the unique medical challenges related to their roles in combat can lead to possible solutions to address these health issues.
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