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The Turret Gunner Was a She

2nd Fundamentalist Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 9:49 PM
I agree. We should bring back the draft (for males; females can still volunteer). Many of today's warriors are overextended, deploying too many times and putting a severe strain on family life. I'm a product of the draft. I volunteered for 2 years in the Marines in November 1969. Many other Vietnam era veterans volunteered, just to get their duty out of the way so they could continue on with their lives (if they survived). It was an eye opener to be exposed to fellow Marines from all socio and economic backgrounds. A lot of today's young, rich fellows could use that, instead of being coddled by Mommy and Daddy. The military is unique. It's not quite prison, but one's freedom is certainly limited. And forget privacy! I was glad when my acti
2nd Fundamentalist Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 9:49 PM
active duty was over. I met my obligation and the government met its by letting me become a civilian again. I did not enjoy the Marine Corps (except for the rifle range in boot camp), but I’m proud to have served.

Martin Dempsey, the Army general who's now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a division commander when he got to Baghdad in 2003 and climbed into a Humvee for his first trip off base. "I asked the driver ... who he was (and) where he was from," the general remembers, "and I slapped the turret gunner around the leg and I said, 'Who are you?' And she leaned down and said, 'I'm Amanda.'

"And I said, 'Ah, OK.' So female turret gunner protecting division commander."

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