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Old 04-17-2018, 07:44 PM
 
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MST (Military sexual trauma) affects both men and women.
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Old 04-17-2018, 07:57 PM
 
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Don't go getting plastered drunk on leave.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Tyler, Texas
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I served active duty in the United States Navy from 1983 until 1991.

The only time I ever felt uncomfortable was a couple of brief moments,
one day when I was alone walking in a desolate area toward the beach
where there was only a wilderness area. A group of young men in a car
drove past me and slowed down. I was genuinely scared, they never
left their car and I realized I could not walk in a desolate wilderness
alone anywhere as a female without at least letting someone know to
expect my return and where to look if I did not. The second time was
one night when I walked across a dark field when a ship full of rowdy
males who had been out to sea were out and made cat calls. Either
way, either event was no different than any other time in my civilian
life where as a female I felt that I should be aware of my surroundings.

That being said, the military was the only work situation where I felt
truly equal to all my peers regardless of gender or race. I miss that
very much. It was the best place for a single female to learn and grow.
I am so grateful, and I highly recommend the military to any woman
who is interested and capable.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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I served active duty in the United States Navy from 1983 until 1991.

The only time I ever felt uncomfortable was a couple of brief moments,
one day when I was alone walking in a desolate area toward the beach
where there was only a wilderness area. A group of young men in a car
drove past me and slowed down. I was genuinely scared, they never
left their car and I realized I could not walk in a desolate wilderness
alone anywhere as a female without at least letting someone know to
expect my return and where to look if I did not. The second time was
one night when I walked across a dark field when a ship full of rowdy
males who had been out to sea were out and made cat calls. Either
way, either event was no different than any other time in my civilian
life where as a female I felt that I should be aware of my surroundings.

That being said, the military was the only work situation where I felt
truly equal to all my peers regardless of gender or race. I miss that
very much. It was the best place for a single female to learn and grow.
I am so grateful, and I highly recommend the military to any woman
who is interested and capable.
This post is awesome as it doesn't seek to find a victim or a suspect. Speaks to personal responsibility and how everyone is responsible to keep themselves safe and out of harms way.

I'm not a woman but I viewed my career similar to the above as did the men and women I served with.
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Old 04-18-2018, 06:06 AM
 
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https://sciencetrends.com/sexual-ass...service-women/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/...n_2370099.html

https://deploymentpsych.org/system/f...al-Assault.pdf

Had female Marine Capt friend when I was at STRATCOM in 2006. She was going to deploy for a year.
She said the word was to play down your looks, don't wear makeup, only non sexy clothes and shoes
for off duty wear, try niot to go anywhere without a buddy. I'm sure that depends on deployed location.
She ended up at a main base and I think she felt pretty safe.

When I was in Qatar in 2003 the unit in the tent next to mine was an Army helicopter medevac unit.
One night in a brief conversation one of the guys mentioned the look on the faces of some of rape victims
they medvac'ed out.

Just sayin.

To the OP. I would not hesitate recommending military service to any man or woman. It was great and I have no regrets.
In terms of sexual assault threat its very similar to cvilian life with a few exceptions.

Its nice you care about your sister. Frank discussion about how to protect herself civilian or military is a good thing.
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA USA
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Irregardless of the social or political component of assaults, I would advise her to, whenever she comes into contact with new fellow soldiers/sailors/airmen, she let it be known, in a casual manner, that she has a super badass special forces brother who will remove the head of anyone who disrespects her.
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