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I'd be interested in hearing the author's thoughts on this article from TIME: http://nation.time.com/2013/03/25/why-not-all-female-combat-units/
This article really makes me very very happy I left the marine corps before these "female engagment teams" and "DADT" were implemented.
I'm all for personal happiness but when it effects a combat team or gets someone killed then its beyond personal happiness.
If females want to be in the infantry then they should follow the same standards. The females that went to OCS infantry leaders course failed for a reason.
Theyre not wanted in the infantry. Simple as that
I'm curious if the author has taken any steps to go 03 or if its just a reason to complain about the lack of equality
I would have given anything to do a 7-month deployment in Nam and then return home. It means I could have avoided Binh Dinh Province, a place that's filled with mostly dark memories.
I didn't actually decide I was going to Vietnam. In December of '69, I was chosen by a Lottery system they decided to install, which chose draftees by month and day of their birth. I was born in January and received the number 12, which guaranteed me a trip to Vietnam but not before going to Fort Bragg for training, Fort Hood for additional combat survival training and then straight to Da Nang, Vietnam.
I spent a good portion of my flight to Da Nang silently cursing Mr. Nixon as an incompetent swine. In 1968 he had promised to withdraw troops from Vietnam during his first stint as president, but he didn't even start doing it until after his SECOND term, which began in 1972.
I spent from 1970 to 1972 in Vietnam. I was supposed to complete one tour but ended up doing 2.
I had tried everything in my power to AVOID the Orient. Vietnam was definitely NOT in my long range plans; it was a diversion from which I might never return, and I thought that to go somewhere as dangerous as that and involve myself in something that risky, I should at least want to be there. I most certainly had no such desire, but Big brother had other opinions on the matter and he got his way.
Once I knew I was going though, I focused on staying alive. I wanted to die some 10,000+ miles away from home even less than I wanted to avoid the draft.
I find it interesting that so many people are now fighting to get INTO combat, because I was doing everything I could to avoid it.
If I'd known anybody willing to take my place there I would have gladly given them the opportunity.
This was in the time of conscripted military where every boy, when he turned 18 was reQUIRED to visit his recruiting office and find out if he qualified for service.
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