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  •  I took no offense... (1+ / 0-)
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    but facts, as one of my favorite presidents once said, are stubborn things.

    The military hasn't been able to prevent this situation because integration of women into the service hasn't been successful. The promotion numbers tell a bleak tale of career inequality. Overcoming institutional/cultural discrimination problems almost always requires outside intervention, supervision and/or control.

    My experiences are based on a somewhat more old-fashioned perspective: the citizen soldier. Neither my grandfather nor I made a career in the military. He spent his time in the Pacific, a Marine, in World War II. I was run out before I ever got a chance to see if I wanted to make it a life.

    If we are to believe that a citizen soldier should be able to serve their country and then have a chance for a decent life, at least equal to their peers who did not serve, we have a problem. The prevalence of untreated injuries and emotional problems of MST victims that are not discovered until after separation, when the military plays Sgt. Shultz and "knows nothing, nothing!", belies this belief.  

    Yes, I'm the real Lia Whirlwind. Do you hear anybody else screaming?

    by Lia Whirlwind on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 01:54:10 AM PST

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