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  • Women in Combat? Secretary Mattis Steps Into a Minefield

    10/19/2018 5:20:53 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 85 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | October 19, 2018 | Edward D. Chang
    ...Jim Mattis has largely avoided the major controversies that have plagued his fellow Trump cabinet members. But if the reaction to his recent remarks at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) are any indication, his luck may have begun to run out. During a September visit to the military school, Mattis offered his thoughts on women serving in combat infantry jobs, later interpreted by the Associated Press as a “dim view” of their prospects. The comments were further panned by those advocating the integration of women into combat, who characterized Mattis as “poisoning the well” and “sabotaging” efforts to integrate women....
  • What are the pros and cons of having women in the US military?

    08/29/2018 6:50:55 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 102 replies
    https://www.quora.com/ ^ | Wed, 08/29/18 | M.S. Bailey M.S. Bailey,
    As a medic I was overawed when I arrived at Ft. Sam Houston. There were SO MANY WOMEN. It was like some sort of strange paradise. At first. I realized very quickly that every OTHER company at 232nd Medical Battalion was as high as 70% female.. Very quickly as our combat deployment approached, I became increasingly convinced that my company was in for serious trouble.. Nothing was done to quell my misgivings when two females in the unit essentially got to sit out the deployment by becoming pregnant right before the deployment. During the deployment those doubts and misgivings became...
  • Lieutenant becomes first woman to lead Marine infantry platoon

    08/10/2018 8:37:00 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/09/18 | Morgan Gstalter
    First Lt. Marina Hierl has reportedly made history by becoming the first woman in the Marine Corps to lead an infantry platoon. The 24-year-old is one of four platoon commanders in Echo Company, a group of 175 Marines and Navy sailors who were recently sent to northern Australia, The New York Times reported Thursday. Hierl is one of two women to the 13-week Marines Corps Infantry Officer Course, according to the Times. “I wanted to do something important with my life,” she told the newspaper. “I wanted to be part of a group of people that would be willing...
  • Navy's first female admiral, retired Rear Adm. Alene B. Duerk, dead at 98

    07/26/2018 11:17:23 AM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/26/2018 | Travis Fedschun
    The Navy's first female admiral, retired Rear Adm. Alene B. Duerk, died Saturday at the age of 98, the service branch announced Wednesday. Duerk, born in Defiance, Ohio, in 1920, joined the Navy as an ensign in 1941 after completing nursing training at the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing in Ohio, the Navy said in a news release.
  • US Navy lifts ban on dreadlocks, ponytails for women

    07/13/2018 4:02:47 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 12, 2018
    The U.S. Navy announced new hair rules for female sailors his week, saying they can now wear dreadlocks, ponytails and styled buns while in uniform. The Navy's announcement came in a live broadcast on its Facebook page on Tuesday with Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Chief of Naval Personnel Adm. Robert Burke, The Huffington Post reported. Richardson said the naval branch enlisted a team of six female sailors to help devise the new grooming standards, which he noted were also based on feedback from the sailors' peers. “If you’ve got a recommendation, we just demonstrated that that...
  • Trump nominates 1st African-American woman to be Marine brigadier general.....

    04/12/2018 12:00:47 PM PDT · by caww · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/11/2018 | KANDIS MASCALL
    Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a historic nomination from the president on Tuesday. If confirmed, Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock will be the first African-American female to serve as brigadier general, according to the Marine Corps office of public affairs. Last year, the Marine Corps 'made history' by welcoming its first female infantry officer. The woman, who wished to be unnamed, was the first female to finish training for a military occupational specialty (MOS), which was opened up to women in April 2016.
  • British woman Anna Campbell who joined all-female fighting unit killed in Syria

    03/19/2018 9:20:19 PM PDT · by BBell · 105 replies
    A British woman fighting with a Kurdish armed unit has died in Syria, her father has said. Anna Campbell, 26, from Lewes, East Sussex, died on March 15 in Afrin while with the Kurdish Women's Protection Units, the YPJ. It is feared she was killed by Turkish airstrikes. Ms Campbell - who had dyed her fair hair black so she would not stand out - is the first British woman to have been killed in Syria with the Kurds and the first Briton to be killed in the battle for Afrin. Seven other Britons have died in the country while...
  • Women reveal shocking sexual abuse in the Military

    Homelessness among women veterans is expected to increase at greater rates as more women in the military reintegrate into their communities following their military service, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. While women currently make up eight percent of the total veteran population and 14.6% of the active duty military, those figures are expected to increase to an estimated 16% by 2035. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4814612/Homeless-vets-tell-traumatized-sex-assault.html#ixzz4qZiSU0uc Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Navy: Only woman in SEAL training pipeline drops out

    08/12/2017 1:56:43 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 87 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Aug 11, 2017 | Julie Watson, Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The only woman in the Navy SEAL training pipeline has dropped out, a Navy special warfare official confirmed Friday. The female midshipman voluntarily decided to not continue participating in a summer course that's required of officers who want to be selected for SEAL training, Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton, a Naval special warfare spokesman, told The Associated Press. The Navy has not released the woman's name, part of a policy against publicly identifying SEALs or candidates for the force. No other woman has started the long process required to become a Navy SEAL, Walton said...
  • Candidate to be first female Navy SEAL officer quits after a week: report

    08/11/2017 12:04:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 56 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Aug. 10, 2017 | Travis J. Tritten
    A woman aiming to become the first female Navy SEAL officer quit about a week into the initial training, Task and Purpose reported Thursday.The unidentified female candidate dropped out in early August during a three-week course in San Diego that began July 24. It was the first assessment of potential SEAL officers before they can be sent on to more grueling courses, according to the website, which cited "multiple Naval Special Warfare Command sources."
  • First Ever Female Navy SEAL Candidate Quits Officer SEAL Screening Course Days After Starting

    08/10/2017 10:21:08 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 57 replies
    Linkedin ^ | 08/06/17 | Josh Cotton, Ph.D
    “Navy SEAL officers are expected to lead from the front in all categories, especially in physical fitness.” Official Naval Special Warfare Website On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 the first female to gain entry to the SEAL Officer Assessment & Selection (SOAS) program voluntarily quit. The three-week course began Monday, July 24th, 2017 in San Diego, California home of the Navy SEAL training base, and by Wednesday it was all over for this candidate. Making history, in the summer of 2017 the US Navy accepted its first female officer candidate into the Naval Special Warfare officer screening pipeline called the SEAL...
  • US Marines Test All-Male Squads Against Mixed-Gender Ones – And The Results Are Bleak

    08/08/2017 5:17:25 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 133 replies
    In 2013, the US military lifted its ban on women serving in combat. Shortly after, the Marine Corps began what it calls an “unprecedented research effort” to understand the impact of gender integration on its combat forces. That took the form of a year-long experiment called the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, in which 400 Marines — 100 of them female — trained for combat together and then undertook a simulated deployment, with every aspect of their experience measured and scrutinized. All branches of the military faced a January 1, 2016 deadline to open all combat roles to women,...
  • The US Navy’s newest aircraft carrier has no urinals

    08/05/2017 8:58:21 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 79 replies
    The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford, which can carry about 5,000, is the first new US aircraft carrier designed in 40 years. Of course, a lot has changed in 40 years. For one thing, it’s not uncommon to find women serving aboard such carriers these days. Women account for nearly 20% of the sailors in the US Navy. So, the ship’s designers adapted to the new reality. According to the Navy Times, the Ford has no urinals—only seated toilets with stalls.
  • Women In Combat Roles Face These “Disproportionate Medical Risks”

    07/27/2017 7:22:49 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 65 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | July 26, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Are recruiters, particularly in the Army and Marines, lying to (or at least misleading) young women who they try to recruit into military service? That’s a question which is asked and answered in the LA Times this week by two people who should know. Julie Pulley is a former West Point graduate Army captain and Afghanistan veteran. Rear Adm. Hugh P. Scott was a Navy medical officer and is an expert in medical physical standards. They discuss the current push to drive up the number of women going into combat roles and the unique stresses which the demands of those...
  • The Navy Gets Its First Female SEAL Candidate

    07/21/2017 10:58:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    NPR ^ | July 21, 2017 | LAUREL WAMSLEY
    The Navy says it has its first female candidates for two elite special operations jobs previously closed to women — including a prospective SEAL. One woman is in the pipeline to be a SEAL officer, and another is on the path to becoming a special warfare combatant crewman. The news was first reported by Military.com, an independent website. The Navy declined to identify the candidates, citing security considerations. The announcement comes more than 18 months after the Pentagon declared that women can now serve in front-line combat positions. "They are the first candidates that have made it this far in...
  • Navy Has First Female Applicants for SEAL Officer, Special Boat Units

    07/20/2017 5:04:58 PM PDT · by HLPhat · 53 replies
    Military.com ^ | 19 Jul 2017 | Hope Hodge Seck
    More than a year after a mandate for the Pentagon opened previously closed ground combat and special operations jobs to women, officials say the Navy has its first female candidates for its most elite special warfare roles. Two women were in boot camp as candidates for the Navy's all-enlisted Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman program, Naval Special Warfare Center Deputy Commander Capt. Christian Dunbar told members of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service in June. Another woman, who sources say is a junior in an ROTC program at an unnamed college, has applied for a spot in the...
  • Army prepares women to shower with men as part of ‘transgender’ training

    07/15/2017 7:59:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 07/12/2017 | Peter LaBarbera
    The U.S. Army is telling women soldiers that they need to accept gender-confused, biological men in their showers, bathrooms, and barracks as part of a controversial policy to build “dignity and respect” for “transgender Soldiers.” The guidance is part of the Pentagon’s new “transgender inclusion” agenda launched by Obama and gaining ground in the Armed Services. Social conservatives are mounting a counteroffensive to ditch the “trans” program altogether. President Trump and the Pentagon have sent mixed signals on LGBT issues, with the DoD honoring gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender “pride” month in June even as Trump himself broke with Obama by not issue a...
  • Senate's first female war vet looks for bipartisan victories

    07/08/2017 3:33:04 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Military Times | May 20, 2017 | Leo Shane III
    Gannett paper, link only: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/joni-ernst-female-veteran-senate-profile
  • Air Force cadet creates bulletproof breakthrough

    06/03/2017 12:20:05 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 2, 2017 | Kelly David Burke and Alicia Acuna
    Air Force cadet Hayley Weir had an idea that turned out to be a game changer. "It was just the concept of going out there and stopping a bullet with something that we had made in a chemistry lab." The 21-year-old Weir approached Air Force Academy Assistant Professor Ryan Burke with the idea. He was skeptical. "I said, 'I'm not really sure this is going to work, the body armor industry is a billion-plus-dollar industry," he noted. Weir's idea was to combine anti-ballistic fabric with what's known as a shear thickening fluid to create a less heavy material to use...
  • Marines release commercial focusing on a woman in combat (VIDEO)

    05/13/2017 12:28:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 63 replies
    guns.com ^ | May 13, 2017 | Brian Seay
    A new TV ad from the U.S. Marine Corps focuses on a woman in combat, the first commercial of its kind for the military branch. The woman starring in the new spot, Marine Capt. Erin Demchko, has served in Afghanistan and was a logistics officer on a Female Engagement Team, according to the Marine Corps website. “FETs build trust with local civilians to gather information and improve relations with the community,” says the website. “Capt. Demchko worked side by side with her fellow Marines to complete missions in the region.” The ad follows a young girl who stands up...