Arms and the Enlisted Woman by Judith Stiehm

By Judith Stiehm

"This booklet is ready America’s so much unknown soldiers-enlisted girls within the military, Air strength, military, and Marines." concentrating on the last decade from 1972 to 1982, Judith Stiehm makes use of own narratives, interviews, coverage statements, and different fabric to discover the adventure of yank girls within the military—their purposes for enlisting, their roles, their self-image, and how they're seen by way of civilians. even though there at the moment are greater than 200,000 ladies in uniform, Stiehm asks why the regulations relating enlisted ladies "so usually seem to fly within the face of either common sense and evidence." Her research of the results of swap in army coverage on girls of alternative ranks and a long time finds how sure practical myths (e.g., "war is manly") are challenged through the presence of girls. the end result has been an uneasy lodging. palms and the Enlisted girl contains a brilliant first-person account by means of a feminine veteran of 1 woman’s event within the Air strength. Honorably discharged as a employees Sergeant after six years of operating as an aircraft mechanic, this girl describes the fight to be taken heavily and taken care of both, and to excel in a non-traditional box. She additionally relates the thrill of seeing a task good performed and being a part of a cohesive crew. Her combined response to her army profession epitomizes the trouble with which enlisted girls were assimilated. Stiehm additionally analyzes the speedily transferring army guidelines referring to ladies in addition to the explanations for convinced misguided yet continual ideals approximately them, and feedback, "One factor looks sure. To the pro army the enlisted girl is a uncooked nerve."

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After all, turning the other cheek seems a dubious tactic for success in a military organization. Three other points concerning harassment should be made. Top leadership's views both filter down to the transgressors and give heart to the victims, who come to believe that some limit can be reached and that not all complaints will be futile. Second, the continual verbal aggression and insult in common areas, the catcalls from cars and dormitories, are often considered unimportant and uncontrollable by commanders; nevertheless, they are exhausting and corrosive for women.

L 625,Services Racially Inlegrated, Ex. Order 9981 ,Peacetime Draft Instituted, Berlin Airlift FIGURE 2, National and Military Events Affecting Cohorts I-VIII Most do not enlist for a second term. Because policies about women have been changing and because women's absolute numbers are so small after twelve years, it would be a serious mistake to generalize about women's behavior, especially that of senior women, on the basis of current data. The women who remain are a select few-but the criteria for their selection and self-selection are not clear.

L This method or approach is especially useful in the study of military personnel because people enter the military at approximately the same age, begin at the bottom of either the enlisted or officer ranks, and move through the system at about the same pace. Thus, date of entry is one of the most telling data one can have about a member of the military. Since it does not permit lateral entry, the military must "grow its own" personnel. Even people recruited for newly valuable attitudes and skills must start at the bottom and proceed upward.

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