More women want to join the infantry than you think

A week ago, I wrote a blog post about the USMC postponing rules for women doing pull-ups

The blog post created a fair amount of discussion, as I expected, about women serving in the infantry.

One thought I’ve had about women serving in the infantry is that not many would actually even want to do so. Or, certainly not after they’ve completed MCT. Heck, I’m not sure I would have wanted to be in the infantry had I truly known how bad it would have sucked most of the time…

But it turns out that I might have been mistaken to think more women wouldn’t want to have served. Frankly, it’s arguably a bit of a sexist idea I’ve had, and if we’re honest, it’s one that I’ve seen many other men state, as well.

So, after getting a comment that helped change my view, I asked the female Marine if I could quote her on it so that men who once thought as I did — that only a few women would even want to serve in the infantry — could see a different perspective we’re likely not seeing.

Here, then, are the thoughts of Sgt. Cortney Kangas, who served in the Corps from Dec 99 to Oct 07. Her MOS was admin (0121).

Sgt. Cortney Kangas: I think that there are plenty of women that serve that would still want to be in the infantry. The infantry is what the Marine Corps is all about and nobody ever goes to work in the morning thinking ‘Oh yeah, time to be a killer and slay this unit diary!’ Marines want to blow things up and have people think that they eat babies. If any of us wanted to go have a soft job we would have joined the Army.

It’s not just the fact that we can’t do certain jobs that is unfair or frustrating to a lot of women. It’s the fact that you can go to work everyday looking like you walked out of a recruiting poster, do well at your job, shoot expert and score great on your PFT and some terminal Lance Corporal, Motor T guy on weight control will tell you that you only got promoted because the SgtMaj thinks you are hot. That kind of stuff can get to you and bring you down.

I personally never wanted to be a grunt because they run so much. I hate running and all that running with packs in boots and utes looked miserable. I would have, however, signed up for a job where I could throw some weights around and shoot machine guns all day.

Thoughts, anyone?

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Soldier On” follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to survive the final, miserable months of World War II. And, “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron.

Could China and Japan tensions explode?

Danah and I continue to be inundated with support regarding our big news.

We actually feel an increasing sense of relief to have so much stress off our shoulders, and we’ve talked with those we owe money and it doesn’t seem we’re going to hit any unexpected bumps in the road. (Best of all, it looks as though some folks want to talk to us about possible job offers, so no need to worry about us. We’re going to be all right.)

Enough of that mess… I’ve learned that in life you just have to get back up, dust yourself off, and smile as sick a grin as you can. Then wipe your sleeve across your mouth, spit as hard as you can, and say, “Is that the best you got. life? Bring it on. We’re just getting warmed up…”

Now, with the update out of the way, let’s talk China.

The Daily Mail had a good article in it I’d love to discuss with you all: Could rising tensions between China and Japan spread? Go read the article. It’s definitely worth the read.

So, what do you think? Should the U.S. be worried about this? Could it lead to a World War III? What do you all think?

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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Merry Christmas from home, and from abroad

Hey guys,

I just wanted to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas! I hope you all get some enjoyable time with your family, and I thought I’d share some pictures from back in the late ’90s when I was away from home.

Hopefully, these will serve as a reminder that there are thousands and thousands of military service members deployed throughout the world.

They’re in harm’s way,

Albania
My unit in Albania, evacuating Americans from harm’s way.

out at sea without the benefit of mail,

Ship life
U.S.S. Nassau in 1997. The ship my unit was on.

and crammed in tight ships too tight to be even remotely considered humane.

Me on ship
Me, at right, with a fellow Marine on the U.S.S. Nassau, definitely wishing I was home for that Christmas!

We owe them greatly for their service. Please remember them and thank a vet every chance you get…

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after surviving three years of war only to find himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.