Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by Just_A_Mom, Oct 20, 2009.
This story was covered in our local weekly.
Our daughter will be deploying with the 170th Infantry Brigade to Afganistan early next year---she has been approached with the possibility that she will lead one of the Army's first Female Engagement Teams as the Officer in Charge (based on what the Marines are doing now). --she is pretty excited about the prospect, especially since it will allow her team to accompany infantry units in the field.
I think it's a great idea!
Once and for all we'll stop this nonsense of: women are pleading to sign up for combat in droves. Yes there are brave and capable women like the gal in the post above and I applaud her
LOL, I dont't know about "wanting to sign up for combat in droves" but I know very few of my daughter's fellow West Point grads that wouldnt have signed up for a combat branch if given the chance. That particular roadblock is gradually crumbling as well as the nature of war (and society's views) changes over time.
It appears that based on my conversations with our Army officer that the Army is going to be training these FET's before deployment (addl language and customes courses, training with the infantry units within the Brigade, etc). She is being asked to select her team from among females in the Brigade, so Im assuming like most new initiatives the Marines jump-started the program based on the identification of the need, learned from their mistakes and opportunities, and now the program is expanding out to other branches in a more organized manner. From what I've read, this concept is less than a year old, so not a lot of time so far to "perfect it" yet.
I know and agree, I was trying to be facetious
It's all about human psyche isn't it ?
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