Women have served in various roles in the U.S. military throughout the nation’s history. The first time men and women were shipped out together during wartime conditions was when the U.S.S. Acadia departed from San Diego for the Persian Gulf on September 5, 1990. Since that time, there have been advancements and setbacks in the involvement of women together with men in training and combat settings. In January 2013, the ban on women serving in combat roles was lifted. That was a huge milestone, but the respect and acceptance of women in the military has not made sufficient progress.