Women have 'been in combat' since before the Civil War. They've always risked their lives assisting injured soldiers and others, patching them up... as medics and nurses. They've been 'on the field' under fire helping injured soldiers; in tents, under fire, patching-up soldiers and the innocents caught-up in the melee; and in make-shift hospitals assisting with surgeries, amputations, and consoling dying soldiers. And, it continues to this day!!! Women handle treating the injured 'under-fire' better than many of their male counter-parts give them credit for!