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The Turret Gunner Was a She

evie10 Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 8:52 AM
Don't change the requirements (battle is that forgiving) but allow the women to compete...any that can match the requirements can have the fun of front line work.

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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