In Iraq for 365

About my experiences in Iraq... the frustrations, the missions and this country... and the journey home

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Managing female soldiers in a combat zone

You know you’re in the new army when your soldiers ask, “Sergeant, why don’t you join our diet plan.” Not knowing what the hell my four female soldiers were talking about, I said sure, what is it? “We all decided to lose a dress size over the next month. What dress size do you wear, sergeant.” Uhhhh, a five. “Yeah right!”

I laughed of course, but that conversation is a true depiction of the differences of managing infantry soldiers and female soldiers, both of whom provide a much-needed element to today’s army. They also know that they are girls, and know how to get what they want just like every girlfriend I’ve ever had.

“Sergeant, can I have the rest of the day off. I’m not feeling well,” said a soldier who was batting her eye lashes and staring at me with those big, puppy dog eyes. But this is the army, and I look at them as soldiers – not girls, who are admired and looked at by every man – both American and Iraqi – on camp. So, my answers to their questions are typically no unless it’s reasonable. Not feeling well? Go to sick call. Want a day off? Get your work done.

In my spare time, I look at sports sites and read mystery novels. They shop for bras on Victoria secret and watch Sex and the City. For PT, I want to run or lift weights. They want to do Tai Bo. I play PlayStation. They give each other facials.

They believe that they have to maintain their girlyness in this stressful, very manly environment. More power to them. I respect the decision they’ve made to be soldiers and have seen them endure more combat and know that they’ve seen more “shit” than most infantry soldiers. I’d put a couple of them up against any soldier in the U.S. Army – they’re that good. But as they say, girls will be girls – even if they are soldiers. They wear nice-smelling creams and listen to Britney Spears, and if they could, I’m sure they’d grow their hair out to their backs.
And even though I have observed and managed these bright young women for 12 very long months, I still don’t have a clue about women. Just when I think I have one of my soldiers figured out, they throw me for a loop and ask me a question like, “Sergeant, I met this boy and he’s in the infantry. And he’s really cute. I like him. But I don’t think he likes me. If a girl liked you, but you didn’t know it, would you want to be approached by the girl?”

Hey, I’m their NCO, which means I’m also their relationship counselor at times. Their nickname for me? Dad. This means when they bring a boy into the family, I make sure he knows that I'm their boss.

20 Comments:

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Kim said...

This was your cutest post yet! Thank you for sharing...

 
At 7:09 AM, Blogger JUST A MOM said...

I totaly agree, it gave me a feeling that you having some kind of "normal" out there!! Hang in there!

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Buffbabe220 said...

come on dad, are we really THAT bad??? ;)

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Jack Naka said...

Just thought i would say hi from Japan. Doing some blog surfing and found your site. Im looking for some cool styles of fashion illustrator for my own blog. Theres some really amazing blogs about. if you have time check out my site you will find information on fashion illustrator. Well when i get my blog running hope you come and check it out.

 
At 2:39 PM, Blogger Richpoo said...

Your blog is excellent - keep it up! Don't miss visiting this site about camp sports. It pretty much covers camp sports related stuff.

 
At 7:33 AM, Blogger Roy Naka said...

Hi, I was just blog surfing and found you! If you are interested, go see my dog collectible related site. It pretty much covers dog collectible stuff. I guess you may find something of interest.

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger Diet Health and Fitness said...

Nice Blog

I have a diet heath and fitness tips blog

If you have time stop by sometime

Keep up the Good Work**Diet Health and Fitness Tips**

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a Health blog. It pretty much covers Dieting Health Fitness Exercise related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger Linux Unix said...

Cute blog! Please visit my clifford the big red dog blog.

 
At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

heh cool blog you have here!

I noticed you have a nice blog, read all of your links kept me interested for a good time! well done :)

Thanks for a good read instead of some of the other stuff people post here!

 
At 5:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

.

Britney Spears News by www.infopage.cc - Oct. 20, 2005

Britney Spears shows off new frame (BreakingNews.ie)
New mother Britney Spears has given fans a pleasant surprise, by stepping out and showing off her slimmed-down figure during a dinner date with her husband Kevin Federline.(Read more ...)


Britney Spears Down In The Dumps (UK-Flava.com)
Britney Spears is reportedly suffering from baby blues, according to US tabloids. Star People reports that Britney is "down in the dumps" and "cries at the drop of a hat," after giving birth to Sean Preston just over a month ago.(Read more ...)


Ferrell outdrives Britney on NASCAR track (MSNBC)
ST. LOUIS - Will Ferrell got behind the wheel, and is happy about this much: He beat Britney Spears. Ferrell is preparing for a NASCAR-inspired comedy and went for a spin with Richard Petty at the driver's school for prospective riders.(Read more ...)

Free Anonymous Proxies by www.jeepee.biz


Have a nice day,
jeepee
Delivered by www.Infopage.cc : 30,000 daily updated Information Pages about all kind of subjects

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger bench said...

muscle supplement is a great resource for this type of thing muscle supplement

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger tony said...

you have an interesting blog fount the info very usefulI i have a diet vegetarian site. Its full of useful diet vegetarian related stuff.
come and check it out if you get chance
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger brian said...

Anyone looking for some more business degree info?

 
At 6:14 AM, Blogger fitnessfacts said...

You have a great blog here! Your blog looks really nice

I have a nutrition consultant fort worth
site. It pretty much covers nutrition consultant fort worth
information related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger haidi said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a **Make Big Money**blog. It pretty much covers Make Big Money articles related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger Erik Mann said...

Nice blog with interesting topics. I have a website that offers alot of controversial topics here. Just go to the links page and look for "Video Reviews"

 
At 3:46 PM, Blogger Doniette said...

How would you like to know about a Fitness Girl resource, that displays all the Fitness Girl information on one website? Check out
Fitness Girl today. Not only do they have a good fitness book section, but they also have great articles on fitness. I was really impressed with the resources their webmster put together.

 
At 8:31 PM, Blogger C_JAR said...

This was this first blog I've read on this site. I'm kind of starting my own. I'm a female soldier and we're about to deploy. I want to share my experiences as a female with whoever is willing to read. But this was an awesome blog. You are absolutely right lol.

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger aiya said...

Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft word
Office 2007
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office 2007
Office 2007 key
Office 2007 download
Office 2007 Professional
Outlook 2010
Microsoft outlook
Microsoft outlook 2010
Windows 7

 

Post a Comment

<< Home