I actually really wanted to sign up; I am from a military family and view service to my country as something you should try to do. I sent in a draft card every year until age 25 to receive the little postcard saying women would not be drafted, so there was my civil resistance phase. I tried several times to get to where I could meet the physical standards for men, because being from a military family I didn't want to sign up unless I knew I wouldn't endanger other troops. Running, I eventually was able to keep up with the ROTC cadets in the mornings, and tried a PT test three times. I never made it; my upper arm strength was never sufficient for the push-ups and pull-ups and I could never quite hit the BMI no matter how I tried. (The last recruiter kindly explained to me that I had "adipose tissue deposits" that would probably not change without surgery, poor fellow was trying to kindly let me down.) Doing my hitch just wasn't in the cards. Since then, I still wish there was something I could do for a form of military service but have come to the slow realization that I am not cut out for active combat.
What I do wish is that there were stateside or base positions doing things like supply or even some of the drone work; there's no reason I couldn't do that if trained properly. I could probably even do stateside maintenance squad work (WAC, anyone?) without too much trouble. Active combat? If my presence would endanger other soldiers, I don't want to do that. It's counterintuitive. The noncoms I've talked to with active combat experience pretty well convinced me that there are a lot of reasons I would be a terrible person to be in combat. It's not because I'm not "tough enough" or "smart enough," it's because, well, I'm female. They would feel an instinctive need to protect me even at the cost of endangering others, simply because I'm female. Also, hate to say this, but there are a variety of hazards for women in combat zones that men don't face as much, including the possibility of attacks coming from soldiers in your squad. These hazards are there for combat nurses too, but behind the front lines they are somewhat reduced. Unfortunately, I'm just not that medically inclined or that would be my next attempt. I guess for now what I can do is just make care packages and pray for our troops.