Monday, February 17, 2014
Females in Fox Holes
Nope this isn't a rant about the US putting women in combat. For one thing if you have an opinion on that subject it is more than likely not going to be changed short of actual real life repercussions one way or another so why bother. For another if the powers that be really wanted to make men and women equal in combat units, and really thought they were equal on that score, the first thing they would do is require all the darling little girls to fill out some selective service cards at the post office along with the boys. The pro-females in combat people seem to be suspiciously silent on the selective service thing though.
In the US, women in combat is about the officer corp pure and simple. It's about slipping some radical fems in at the bottom and then skyrocketing them to the top of the chain once they have a bit of combat command time on paper to point at. Whatever effect that will have on the military is not something that is going to effect us as preppers/survivalist/homesteaders any time soon so let em do what they want. They're going to anyway.
After I finished my enlisted stint in the Army and being a 13 foxtrot which was then called a forward observer but these days is called something else but is essentially combat arms I had very little contact with Women in uniform. Probably a blessing that saved me from some serious disciplinary action but we will never know. However after coming back to the states, starting college and remaining in the reserves while starting my RoTC stint I had my first up front and person experience with Females in Foxholes.
Back in those days prior service students could contract RoTC at I believe 30 credit hours and were excused from taking the first two years of Military Science courses. I was however interested in one of the 200 level MS courses being offered which if I remember right was a military history course that also counted towards my degree anyway. The Major who was teaching that course picked up on me quick and basically recruited me into some of the RoTC activities before I contracted. At the time I thought it was fun to be honest, although I figured out the payoff for the MS cadre pretty quick. Those chiefs were short indians in a bad way if you get my meaning and I was the perfect grey area recruit. Technically I was still in the Army, was still a Spec 4, had my license for several different vehicles and could be brought along pretty much with no questions asked. They could use me for all sorts of stuff that was generally beneath the officers and E-8 they had on staff. There was also a very worn looking E-5 running around but I rarely saw him.
The upside for me was I got to play with stuff and do things I normally wouldn't have had the chance to mess with like being one of the Op-for aggressor guys during their little camp out maneuvers or running an ambush with the 60 and watching the turtles roll around in the dirt. That type of thing. It was fun although I didn't get paid for it they did give me some extra credit points for later on.
It was during one of these maneuvers that I found myself attempting to penetrate a line of foxholes filled with MS3 and 4 cadets at around 2AM on a stormy but pleasant September night in the boondocks of Fort Leonard Wood. The underbrush was so thick I had my doubts about actually making it into the perimeter and besides we (There were three cadets with me) had been told our job was to assault em and shake em up so we really were suppose to get spotted and pop off a few rounds of blanks before melting away. Maybe throw one of my artillery simulators I had been given. That was the fun part.
So we are slowly creeping in and I thought we were some 30 feet or so in front of their holes when I hear this very male voice say.
"C'mon baby no one is going to know"
It was then that I figured out I was right on top of a foxhole that was being "manned" at present by one hormone focused guy and a girl pretty intent on keeping things at a more subdued level. By the sound of things she wasn't saying no but she wasn't as comfortable about the situation as he was. Who could blame her?
To conclude this long story we aggressors quietly slipped by and took all the cadet's ammo (blanks) out of their cut-V then lobbed some simulators into the command tent and ran for the hills out the back where we weren't suppose to go really. The RoTC cadre guys weren't too happy about the whole ad-libbed assault but I just explained it away that we managed to walk right through by accident and never did tell em about the foxhole make out session.
Now I could tell you a bunch more horror stories of mixing the genders in the military but the truth is for many duties Men and Women are pretty much equal. The real problem with Women in the military has as much to do with the current structure/environment/attitude and expectations of military organization as it does with any gender differences. A commander of whatever rank in the military cannot make moves to reduce the risk without acting on suspicions and probability in many cases and that will just get him into trouble. His hands are tied.
In a grid down defensive situation we are not hampered by political correctness or gender myths and posturing and there will be many women who will be just as good in many situations as men. All we need to do is use a little common sense and not put two 20 year old mixed couples in a foxhole together for a few hours in the middle of the night. Or we could take it even further and not put two suspiciously gay couples of whatever gender together. It isn't like we will have anyone to answer to over it.
Another words in the times ahead of us we will actually be able to use common sense. Now my first reaction due to prior bad experiences is to avoid using women in a defensive role. There is also that hardwired Male protection thing to deal with but the truth is as I said Women are just as good at sentry duty and shooting as men. You will just need to evaluate each individual on their own to find out who is prepared for what and capable.
Just my thoughts on the subject anyway.
Oh and the picture was for MuddyValley he was complaining about the lack of such the other day.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!