There is increasing evidence of the need to clarify the exact role female soldiers should play when there is a war. Most army regulations have made clear that women should not be sent on front line missions where they would be engaged directly in a combat situation. However, the situation in Iraq is creating difficulties not forseen by those regulations. For example, riding in an armored vehicle might readily result in a bomb explosion followed by enemy fire. Female soldiers in these situations have been firing back and participating alongside their male colleagues.
At some point, there may well be need for clarification of female soldier roles in guerrilla style wars, particularly those entailing fighting in urban areas.