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The Turret Gunner Was a She

Happy Jake Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 8:26 AM
... Now, you who have never served may think to your self something between "What's wrong with that" and, sarcasticly "Oh the horror!" You who HAVE served should recognize the problem immediately. (The answer: 1. Enlisted SALUTE officers, they do not hug them. 2. Generally speaking, officers are not supposed to be sufficiently familiar with their enlisted troops to hug or be hugged. 3. What the enlisted person did was disrespectful (even if unintentionally so) to both the person and the rank of the Colonel.)
Happy Jake Wrote: Feb 08, 2013 8:41 AM
This is not to say that women cannot serve in the military. They can, and many do with distinction. It's to observe that women do not think the same way as men. A male airman would not even have the instinct to hug his commanding officer, even if said commander was a woman.

In the military, discipline is everything, and when you lose sight of the chain of command, and the roles of officers and enlisted members, discipline breaks down. And when discipline breaks down, people die.

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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