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  • Google (Veteran's Day front page puts woman in front, men behind)

    11/11/2014 4:31:35 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 49 replies
    Google ^ | 11 November 2014 | Google
    Interesting that Google the front page shows all the military men in the background and the woman out front on the Veteran's Day page.
  • Army opens Ranger school to women

    09/19/2014 1:20:15 PM PDT · by bkopto · 128 replies
    Breitbart/AP ^ | 9/19/2014 | staff
    The U.S. Army is opening the door for women to go to Ranger school. It's one of the first steps in the broader effort to allow women to begin moving into more grueling combat jobs.
  • Soldier dies after causing Army base lockdown, shooting self

    08/25/2014 5:49:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    foxnews ^ | August 25, 2014/
    A female soldier who sparked an "active shooter" alert on a Virginia military base on Monday died after shooting herself in the head, military sources said. ... The soldier, who has not yet been publicly identified, reportedly did not harm anybody else during her morning rampage in an office in a four-story building on the base, which is located about 45 km (28 miles) south or Richmond, Virginia. ... Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons, the commanding general of the support command, said that the soldier was a sergeant 1st class who had been in the Army for 14 years and...
  • Air Force command nominee is 1st woman, non-pilot

    07/17/2014 8:20:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    The White House has picked the first female general to head the Air Force in the Pacific, which will make her the first non-pilot to command air power in such a large theater of operation. The Pentagon announced this week that Air ForceLt. Gen. Lori J. Robinson has been nominated for promotion to four-star general and as commander of Pacific Air Forces, the Air Force component of U.S. Pacific Command. It is a major combatant command whose air, ground and naval forces have broad responsibility for security in the Asia-Pacific region. Her nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation....
  • Adm. Michelle Howard becomes first four-star woman in Navy history

    07/01/2014 3:05:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    WAPO ^ | July 1, 2014 | Dan Lamothe
    The ceremony included a bit of comedy, but there was no denying the significance: For the first time in its history, the Navy promoted a woman on Tuesday to become a four-star admiral. Surrounded by friends, family and peers, Adm. Michelle J. Howard was promoted to her new rank at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. She’ll take over as the vice chief of naval operations, the No. 2 officer in the service. She is not only the first woman to hold the job, but the first African-American.
  • Study Finds Women Don't Belong in Combat

    06/11/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 48 replies
    Aruz Sheva ^ | 6/11/2014 | Gil Ronen
    New book shows women in combat suffer much more serious non-combat injuries, alleges IDF cover-up. A new book sums up 13 years of research on female participation in IDF combat units and declares the feminist experiment in the Israeli military a failure. “Lochamot Betzahal” by Col. (res.) Raza Sagi, a former infantry regiment commander, points to high rates of serious injury among women serving in combat units, and to involvement of radical political groups behind the scenes of the campaign for combat service by women. ..... "The study found that a particularly high percentage of women who served in combat...
  • Marines, Army prepare women for combat

    04/13/2014 5:36:52 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 120 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/13/2014
    The military is taking steps to prepare women for combat roles in 2016. The Marine Corps announced that it would give young female lieutenants who wash out of the grueling Infantry Officer Course a second shot, same as their male counterparts. The Army is conducting a study to test just how fit a soldier has to be to engage in combat. The study involves 60 women and 100 men. CBS News reported on both developments last week. The Marine Corps announcement came after Marine 2nd Lt. Sage Santangelo took the Infantry Officer Court and wrote about her experience last month...
  • Per Obama, Female Soldiers Should Make Less Money than Males

    04/10/2014 4:45:19 AM PDT · by Desperado67 · 12 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 04/09/2014 | Rob Binsrick
    In his latest White House teleprompter reading on Tuesday, President Barack Obama railed against the alleged problem of pay inequality between male and female workers. He stated assertively at one point, "Equal pay for equal work, it's not that complicated." Obama also signed two more executive orders that are tangental to the issue. So assuming that Obama is a man of his word, it is fair to say that he is about to embark on his own latest 'war on women' and declare that female members of the U.S. Army should be paid less than their male counterparts. How can...
  • Ft. Hood Shooter Ran Free for 15 to 20 Minutes — Before Being Stopped by Military Policewoman

    04/03/2014 10:04:37 AM PDT · by montag813 · 73 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 04-03-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right News Outrageous. Reckless. Senseless. That is what many military families are calling the continuing ban on concealed carry for servicemembers on U.S. military bases. Bases like Ft. Hood, where 3 brave members of our military were gunned down by an apparently mentally-compromised Spc. Ivan Lopez. And the outrage will only grow in light of a new shocking report that Lopez was able to remain free for 15 to 20 minutes -- more than enough time for him to kill 3 and wound 16 -- before finally being confronted by a military policewoman, whereupon he took...
  • Navy: Sailor in Norfolk base shooting died protecting [female] colleague

    03/26/2014 5:43:12 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 77 replies
    AP, via Stars & Stripes ^ | March 26, 2014 | Brock Vergakis and Michael Felberbaum
    The sailor who was slain during a shootout aboard a guided-missile destroyer at a Virginia base saved another sailor's life by jumping between her and a civilian gunman who was trying to board the ship, Navy officials said Wednesday. (snip) He parked his tractor-trailer cab near Pier 1, was able to walk onto the pier and began heading up a ramp toward the USS Mahan when he was confronted by Navy security, said Mario Palomino, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent in charge of the Norfolk field office. The man then got into an altercation with a female petty...
  • Marine Corps to create experimental task force with 25 percent women

    03/15/2014 2:11:50 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 97 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | March 13, 2014 | Jennnifer Hlad
    The Marine Corps will open new combat jobs to women, allow women to volunteer for combat specialty training previously closed to them and create a co-ed experimental task force to evaluate how female Marines perform as part of a ground combat unit, Marine officials said. The task force will be made up of about 460 Marines, and about one quarter will be women, said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a Marine spokeswoman. The task force will look like a small battalion landing team with attachments such as artillery, tanks and amphibious assault vehicles — similar to the ground combat portion of a...
  • Men and women the same? Tell it to the Marines

    01/15/2014 6:32:13 AM PST · by Phillyred · 42 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | January 15, 2014 | Kimberly Garrison, Daily News Personal Fitness Columnist Posted: Wednesday,
    I KNOW that I will probably get some flack for this, but I just can't hold my tongue any longer on this issue of female Marines participating in combat. I've been following this story closely for the past two years, and let's just say that this is where the egalitarian rubber meets the road. If you haven't been following the story, here's the skinny: More than half of female Marines can't do three pull-ups, and that's the minimum standard that the Marine Corps designated to integrate women into combat jobs. According to the military, eight pull-ups is a perfect score...
  • Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail pullup test

    01/02/2014 1:58:35 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/02/2014 | Associated Press
    More than half of female Marines in boot camp can't do three pullups, the minimum standard that was supposed to take effect with the new year, prompting the Marine Corps to delay the requirement, part of the process of equalizing physical standards to integrate women into combat jobs. The delay rekindled sharp debate in the military on the question of whether women have the physical strength for some military jobs, as service branches move toward opening thousands of combat roles to them in 2016. Although no new timetable has been set on the delayed physical requirement, Marine Corps Commandant Gen....
  • Marine Corps quietly delays pullup requirement for women

    12/29/2013 5:56:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/28/2013 | BY ASHE SCHOW
    The Marine Corps has delayed the requirement for female Marines to do three pullups because most women have so far been unable to pass the test. For 40 years, male recruits were required to perform three pullups to prove their upper body strength for combat, where they would need to carry heavy equipment and potentially lift themselves out of mud walls. Starting Jan. 1, female recruits would have been required to do the same. But 55 percent of female recruits could not complete all three pullups, compared to just 1 percent of male recruits who could not, so the requirement...
  • Female Marines not required to do one pullup

    12/28/2013 6:09:28 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 31 replies
    www.cnsnews.com ^ | 12/27/2013 | Barbara Boland
    (CNSNews.com) -- Females in the Marine Corps currently are not required to do even a single pull-up, and a deadline mandating that by Jan. 1, 2014, they be able to do at least 3 pull-ups as part of their training has been delayed for at least a year, the Corps quietly announced on social media. Unlike their female counterparts, male Marines have long been required to do at least 3 pullups as part of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). That's the minimum requirement for males. - See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-boland/female-marines-not-required-do-1-pull#sthash.d11sA26X.dpuf
  • Eagles will honor former cheerleader-turned-Army intelligence officer

    12/22/2013 2:16:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    yahoo ^ | December 21, 2013 9:34 AM | Jay Busbee
    Rachel Washburn, age 25, hasn't had a typical career path, to put it mildly. She joined the Eagles' cheerleading squad from 2007 to 2009 while a student at Drexel University. After graduation, she joined the Army and participated in paratrooper training while ultimately following a path into military intelligence. Washburn, now a 1st lieutenant based out of Fort Stewart, Ga., served as part of a Cultural Support Team designed to attach women to existing special ops units with the express purpose of relating more effectively to local women.
  • Eagles Will Honor Former Cheerleader-Turned-Army Intelligence Officer

    12/22/2013 1:24:32 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 49 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 12/21/13 | Jay Busbee
    On Sunday night, the Philadelphia Eagles will honor one of their own, a former cheerleader who has served two tours in Afghanistan as an Army intelligence officer. Rachel Washburn, age 25, hasn't had a typical career path, to put it mildly. She joined the Eagles' cheerleading squad from 2007 to 2009 while a student at Drexel University. After graduation, she joined the Army and participated in paratrooper training while ultimately following a path into military intelligence.
  • Army Eyes New Standards for Women in Combat

    12/09/2013 12:08:31 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 61 replies
    Military.com ^ | November 27, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    The U.S. Army general in charge of training recently wrote about the service's examination of gender neutral standards to open the infantry and other combat-arms jobs to female soldiers. The piece by Gen. Robert Cone, commander of Training and Doctrine Command, appears in the November issue of Army Magazine, the same month three female Marines made history by graduating from Marine infantry training. Last January, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered all services to open combat-arms roles to women that so far have been reserved for men.
  • PT Standards in Question for Women in Combat

    11/18/2013 10:48:36 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 92 replies
    Military.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    The Marine Corps may have to change its physical standards in order to put females in positions to one day lead infantry platoons in combat. Both the Marine Corps and the Army continue to wrestle with the mandate that former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued in January, directing the U.S. military to open hundreds of combat-arms jobs that have been closed to female servicemembers. So far, the Marines have been out ahead.
  • Pvt. Jessica Lynch, 10 Years After Iraq Rescue: Pain But Much Gain

    09/19/2013 4:07:18 PM PDT · by Houmatt · 57 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 9-19-13 | ANGEL CANALES
    It was back in March 23, 2003, just three days after the start of the Iraq War, when Private First Class Jessica Lynch's unit was ambushed in Nasiriyah, Iraq. Lynch was only 19 when she was captured, badly injured and raped by Iraqi forces and held hostage for nine days before her dramatic rescue by US Rangers on April 1, 2003. Controversy surrounds the "mythic" rescue story line. Lynch has blamed the Bush administration for exaggerating the bravery and success of the war with her story. "I knew that, even ten years later, I would not have been able to...
  • Bowhunting M-16 Sharpsooting, Skydiving Soldier Runs for Miss America

    09/15/2013 1:54:10 PM PDT · by Red Statements · 31 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | Sept 11th, 2013 | Steven H Ahle
    “She's a redneck boy's dream come true. Theresa Vail is a bowhunter, an M-16 sharpshooter, skydiver, national guard soldier, grease monkey, and also Miss Kansas. She's been a motorcycle racing queen and can skin out a deer with the best of them. And if that wasn't enough to melt your heart, she is also devastatingly beautiful. She is not, to say the least, your typical beauty queen contestant. She will also differ from past and present contestants in another way. She intends to let the whole world see her tattoos, which include the Serenity Prayer and the army's medical insignia....
  • Female Troops Medevaced from Afghanistan at Higher Rate Than Male Comrades

    07/10/2013 10:29:39 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 17 replies
    Time ^ | July 9, 2013 | Mark Thompson
    As the U.S. military prepares to send women into the toughest combat billets for the first time, Pentagon medical officers have just released data showing that while “battle injuries” were the leading reason male troops were flown outside Afghanistan for medical care, “mental disorders” topped the list for female troops. That shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. After all, women remain technically barred from the infantry and other units where close-in combat is the norm. But the data also show that despite the ban, women were medically evacuated from Afghanistan at a rate 22% higher than their male comrades.
  • Hagel: Why Shouldn't Women Have 'Same Opportunities' as Men to Serve in Combat?

    06/21/2013 1:21:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 96 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/21/13 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Why shouldn't women in the military have the same opportunities as men do? Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel asked on Thursday. It's not a matter of lowering standards, he said. In remarks at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Hagel was asked how he feels about putting females on the front lines of combat -- "based on our social background of men being the protectors of women," as the questioner put it. Hagel's reponse: First, I think everyone understands, and this is the right thing, we can't lower standards. We have high standards. We should have high standards. Our...
  • As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women

    03/28/2013 5:02:43 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    kdlg.org ^ | March 25, 2013 | Tom Bowman
    When the Pentagon said earlier this year that it would open ground combat jobs to women, it was cast in terms of giving women equal opportunities in the workplace — the military workplace. But the move has practical considerations, too. The military needs qualified people to fill its ranks, and it's increasingly harder to find them among men. "It's fairly common knowledge that our population of military-age young men, who qualify for the military, is declining," Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in an interview with NPR just after the Pentagon announced that women no longer be excluded from...
  • Chairman of Joint Chiefs: Military recruiting women as qualified ‘military-age men’ dwindle

    03/26/2013 6:36:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/26/2013 | Jeff Poor
    In a report by NPR’s Tom Bowman aired during Monday’s broadcast of “All Things Considered,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey explained why the military is having difficulty recruiting qualified young men. “I think it’s fairly common knowledge that our population of military-age young men who qualify for the military is declining,” Dempsey told NPR. “And so, as a very practical matter, we decided if in 2020 we’re going to need these young ladies and we’re going to need to attract as much diversity and as much talent as we can possibly attract, if that’s going...
  • What a way to treat a heroine: Royal Navy girl who fought in Afghanistan told to cover up uniform

    03/11/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | march 8, 2013 | Ian Drury
    For 15 years she has proudly served her country as a Royal Navy engineer, risking her life in Afghanistan when she fought against the Taliban. But far from showing Nicky Howse the respect she deserved as she flew back to her latest posting, Virgin Atlantic staff chose to humiliate her – by demanding that she remove her uniform because it was ‘offensive’. They warned the 32-year-old helicopter technician she would not be allowed to fly unless she took off her combat fatigues and wore a sleep suit instead. -snip She was confronted by a G4S security guard and Virgin Atlantic...
  • Royal Navy girl told to cover up uniform on Virgin flight in case it offended other passengers

    03/09/2013 12:14:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:23 EST, 8 March 2013 | Ian Drury
    For 15 years she has proudly served her country as a Royal Navy engineer, risking her life in Afghanistan when she fought against the Taliban. But far from showing Nicky Howse the respect she deserved as she flew back to her latest posting, Virgin Atlantic staff chose to humiliate her—by demanding that she remove her uniform because it was “offensive”. They warned the 32-year-old helicopter technician she would not be allowed to fly unless she took off her combat fatigues and wore a sleep suit instead. … They told her—wrongly—that it was the company’s policy not to allow military personnel...
  • President nominates 1st female Air Force Academy superintendent

    03/05/2013 7:24:23 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 47 replies
    af.mil ^ | March 4, 2013
    U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) -- The president of the United States nominated Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson for the appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment to serve as Air Force Academy's 19th superintendent. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would become the first woman to hold the position. Currently serving as NATO's deputy chief of staff for operations and intelligence, Johnson is a 1981 distinguished graduate from the Academy where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in operations research. She was the first female cadet wing commander and the first female Rhodes Scholar from...
  • Army Night Stalkers opening helicopters for women

    02/02/2013 1:22:05 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    AP ^ | February 01, 2013
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Another one of the many military jobs on the front lines of combat may be opening to women: Flying the high-tech helicopters that move special forces under cover of darkness for missions like the one that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The Army's most elite aviation unit has proposed a test program to let women serve as pilots and crew chiefs, pending congressional approval. The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Campbell, Ky., and known as the Night Stalkers, decided to give women a trial as pilots and crew chiefs as part of...
  • Wife of Female Officer Gets Membership in Ft. Bragg Spouse Club

    01/28/2013 12:25:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | Alyssa Newcomb
    The equal treatment of gay spouses in the military took a step forward after the Fort Bragg spouse’s club offered full membership to the wife of a female officer. Ashley Broadway, who is married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, was offered full membership to the Association of Bragg Officers’ Spouses on Friday, after initially being offered a guest membership. “In order to immediately support all military officer spouses who are eligible for ABOS membership, a more inclusive definition of spouse was needed,” the group wrote on its website. Moving forward, the group said any spouse of an active duty commissioned...
  • Map: Which countries allow women in front-line combat roles?

    01/25/2013 5:28:07 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2013 | Max Fisher
    When outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that he had lifted the Pentagon’s ban on allowing women to serve in front-line combat roles, one of several questions it raised was: Is that unusual? Do a lot of countries allow women to serve in combat? The answer is that many Western, developed countries have women on their front-line forces. But outside of the West, it’s rare. The map at the top of this page shows in red which countries formally permit women in combat positions. Shown in orange are countries that allow women to serve in military roles that involve...
  • Panetta removes military ban on women in combat, opening thousands of front line positions.

    01/23/2013 12:39:15 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 233 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 23, 2013 | Staff
    Panetta removes military ban on women in combat, opening thousands of front line positions.
  • Congress Expands Abortion Coverage for Women in U.S. Military

    12/28/2012 10:18:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 27, 2012 | Susan Jones
    Congress, in the pre-Christmas rush, passed a Democrat-sponsored provision that will allow women in the U.S. military to use their health insurance to pay for abortion in cases of rape or incest. Right now, the Defense Department pays for abortion only when the mother’s life is at stake. The expanded abortion coverage is included in the defense authorization bill that is now on its way to President Obama for his anticipated signature. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who introduced the abortion measure, said on Nov. 30—in a speech on the Senate floor—that it was “unfair” to deny military women “reproductive health...
  • Female military members sue to serve in combat

    11/27/2012 11:40:56 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 27, 2012 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Four female military service members have filed a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's ban on women serving in combat. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco Tuesday and is the second such federal challenge filed by female service members this year.
  • *The REAL Miss America*

    11/16/2012 12:37:32 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 51 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Vanessa Dobos is a gunner on board a USAF AC-130 gunship.  The blue-eyed blonde has seen action in Iraq and Afganistan, and enjoys long walks on the beach, men who aren't afraid to cry, and puppies. Vanessa's dislikes include feed-tray stoppages, tracer flareout of her NVGs and premature fixed-wing strikes scattering her high-value targets... The 19 year old former Ohio high school cheerleader is in-fact the Air Force's first female aerial gunner ever: Raised in the small town of Valley View, Ohio, her interstest in the military was sparked by her father. Described by Dobos as 'a history buff', her dad talked...
  • Suicide attack killed female soldier from St. Pete, says C.W. Bill Young

    10/16/2012 5:09:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^ | October 16, 2012 | Kameel Stanley
    A local soldier killed in Afghanistan on Saturday died in a suicide bomb attack, U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday night. Earlier Monday evening, the U.S. Department of Defense issued a news release saying that Army Spc. Brittany B. Gordon died from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The military provided no other details. Contacted by phone later that night, Young, R-Indian Shores, told the Times that military officials had advised him that the IED came from a suicide bomber. "It is not one that was planted as a mine....
  • Army Reviews Whether to Allow Women in Ranger School

    05/16/2012 9:12:40 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 50 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 16 May 2012 | N/A
    WASHINGTON — Army leaders have begun to study the prospect of sending female soldiers to the service's prestigious Ranger school — another step in the effort to broaden opportunities for women in the military. Gen. Raymond Odierno, Army chief of staff, said Wednesday that he's asked senior commanders to provide him with recommendations and a plan this summer. And while he stressed that no decisions have been made, he suggested that Ranger school may be a logical next step for women as they move into more jobs closer to the combat lines. "If we determine that we're going to allow...
  • Sen. Scott Brown pushes to allow women to serve on front-lines in military combat

    02/22/2012 9:44:14 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 72 replies
    masslive.com ^ | February 22, 2012 | Robert Rizzuto
    WASHINGTON D.C. - Calling for an evolution of policy, Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is asking for changes that would allow women to serve on the front-lines in military combat. Brown's push comes on the heels of a Department of Defense report calling for changes to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule which barred women from certain roles in the military, including front-line ground-combat positions. The report to Congress concluded that changes were needed so policy doesn't prevent enlisted female military members from rising to their potential. But Brown, in a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon...
  • 51-year-old mom holds her own during Basic Combat Training

    02/18/2012 8:23:24 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 90 replies
    Fort Leonard Wood Guidon ^ | 2/16/2012 | Melissa Buckley
    At 9 o’clock this morning, Sgt. Sandra Coast will graduate from Basic Combat Training on Fort Leonard Wood, officially beginning her Army career — at 51 years old. According to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, the average age for an Army Reserve recruit is about 23, making Coast one of the oldest people to go through Basic Combat Training. “Everybody in the world thinks I am a total nutcase,” Coast said. “I just want to support our troops. I love all of them.” From 1982 to 1993, Coast devoted her life to the U.S. Navy. She gave up her lifestyle...
  • Putting Women on the Front Lines

    02/18/2012 7:20:22 AM PST · by BarnacleCenturion · 131 replies
    CDT ^ | Feb 18, 2012 | Joshua E. Keating
    The Pentagon made big news last week when it announced it was opening up more combat positions to women in the U.S. military. These 14,000 positions include tank mechanics and front line intelligence officers. However, about one-fifth of active-duty military positions, including the infantry, combat tank units and special operations commando units, will remain off-limits. ... Last week’s rule change in the United States was largely a reflection of the fact that women are, to a large extent, already participating in combat. Despite the restrictions in place, 144 American women have been killed and 865 wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq...
  • Female Combat Pilot Wants to Kick Santorum 'in the Jimmy' for Remarks on Women

    02/17/2012 7:39:24 PM PST · by red flanker · 297 replies · 1+ views
    Fox Houston/FoxAndFriends ^ | February 17, 2012 | Fox Houston/FoxAndFriends
    A retired female fighter pilot running for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' open seat in Congress said Friday that Rick Santorum's recent remarks on women in combat make her want to "go kick him in the jimmy." Martha McSally, a retired US Air Force colonel and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, is running in Arizona's congressional special election as a Republican. According to her Facebook page, she was the first American woman to fly in combat since the 1991 lifting of a ban on women in that role. Appearing Friday morning on FOX News Channel's "FOX & Friends," she...
  • Warship to be commanded by a woman for the first time in Navy's 500-year history

    08/08/2011 9:38:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8th August 2011
    Warship to be commanded by a woman for the first time in Navy's 500-year history By Daily Mail Reporter Lieutenant Commander Sarah West is in charge of HMS Portland A woman is to command a frontline warship for the first time in the history of the Royal Navy, it has emerged. Lieutenant Commander Sarah West, 39, is taking charge of HMS Portland - a 5,000-ton Type 23-Frigate which is prepared for 'total warfare'. Women, who were first allowed to go to sea with the Navy in 1990, have until now only commanded small non-fighting ships. Lt Cdr West is said...
  • Historic Marine base gets 1st-ever female general

    06/17/2011 7:52:19 AM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 53 replies
    AP ^ | June 17. 2011 | SUSANNE M. SCHAFER
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in its 96-year history, a female general is taking charge at the famed Marine Corps training depot at South Carolina's Parris Island. Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds, who is also known as the first female Marine to ever hold a command position in a battle zone, takes charge Friday at the installation south of Beaufort.
  • Women in Combat: Study Recommends Ending Military's Last Male Bastion

    01/19/2011 11:11:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 116 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | David Wood
    Heather Pfleuger -- an exuberant, all-American, girl-next-door -- was transformed when she arrived in Afghanistan. She'd shrug into her body armor, strap on her helmet, yank on gloves, goggles and scarf, and slide down behind her turret-mounted Mark-19, a 40mm grenade launcher. From there, she could kill an armored vehicle and everybody in it a mile away. When she whooped with glee and led a convoy outside the wire, local Afghan fighters, hard men who'd faced down the Russians and the Taliban, fell respectfully silent. "Specialist Pfleuger can hit anything," her squad leader. Sgt. Kevin Collins, told me proudly. "I...
  • Panel says women should be allowed in combat units

    01/14/2011 3:48:25 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 97 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 14, 2011 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A military advisory commission is recommending that the Pentagon do away with a policy that bans women from serving in combat units, breathing new life into a long-simmering debate.
  • Army Mulls Women in Combat Arms Units

    01/10/2011 12:11:53 PM PST · by triumphant values · 56 replies
    Military.com ^ | January 07, 2011 | Bryant Jordan
    The Army is studying whether to open combat arms units to female Soldiers, the Army's top officer said Jan. 6. "We're looking at revising the policy," Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told a breakfast gathering of the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Va. "We've had some work going on for a while, and that'll double back up to the secretary, I would think, in the next couple of months." Women are currently barred from infantry, armor and Special Forces branches, Casey said. He did not say whether the Army is considering opening up all three areas to women,...
  • Plan Would Allow Abortions at Military Hospitals

    06/11/2010 5:33:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 258+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 6/10/2010 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    WASHINGTON — The fight to allow gay and bisexual people to serve openly in the military is already drawing political blood in Washington, but tucked into the same 852-page Pentagon policy bill as the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a little-noticed amendment that takes on another emotionally charged issue: making abortion easier for military women in war zones. In a vote that advocates of abortion rights sought beforehand to keep quiet, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a provision on May 27 to allow privately financed abortions at military hospitals and bases. Current law bans abortions in most...
  • U.S. Navy subs going coed

    04/29/2010 8:26:55 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 123 replies · 2,063+ views
    UPI ^ | April 29, 2010
    WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus formally announced a policy change Thursday clearing the decks for women to serve on submarines. Women had never been allowed to serve on submarines in the 110-year history of the underwater force. The new coed era will begin once selected female officers complete 15 months of training. The plan calls for three women to be assigned to eight crews attached to four guided-missile attack and ballistic missile submarines, the Navy said on its Web site. The change had been anticipated since Defense Secretary Robert Gates formally presented a letter to...
  • Women in submarines face health issues

    04/04/2010 9:45:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 70 replies · 2,074+ views
    washingtontimes.com ^ | April 5, 2010 | Rowan Scarborough
    On the surface, the Navy's leadership has sounded exuberant in speaking publicly about its recent decision to begin deploying female sailors in the cramped confines of combat submarines by next year. But behind the scenes, the prospect of coed submarines is presenting medical and ship-construction challenges. A specialist on undersea medicine is warning Congress that the air inside a submarine can be hazardous to fetal development. "Atmosphere controls are different between ships and a submarine's sealed environment," retired Rear Adm. Hugh Scott, a former undersea medical officer, told The Washington Times. "There are all types of organic traces that off-gas...
  • Former Navy WAVE, 91, Recalls Her Service

    03/15/2010 5:06:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 351+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2010 – As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we reflect on the past generations that have served. One of those women, Dorothy Canty Forsberg, fondly referred to as “Dottie,” celebrates her 91st birthday today, and she recently recalled her experiences in uniform. World War II veteran Dorothy Canty Forsberg, known as “Dottie,” is part of the legacy of service by the nation’s women that’s honored each March during Women’s History Month. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Dottie served in World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy’s Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency...