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Old 06-11-2019, 06:54 AM
 
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What does a helicopter pilot know about infantry service? This is nothing more than PC gone amok and it’s going to hurt our Military capability down the road.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/1st-woman...150916046.html
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:07 AM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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Officers from combat arms branches, which Aviation is one, are considered qualified to be Division Commanders. She is currently the commander of a Joint Task Force, she’s got the prerequisite leadership qualifications.

It is a guard unit, by the way, one unlikely to be activated. Guard units are controlled by the state, FYI.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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There is a reason that general officers no longer where a branch insignia in the US Army. I would be more worried about an infantry platoon leader keeping up. With so few women able to qualify in that role I would prioritize them to the special operations forces.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:15 AM
 
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What does a helicopter pilot know about infantry service? This is nothing more than PC gone amok and it’s going to hurt our Military capability down the road.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/1st-woman...150916046.html
Helicopter pilot? "Yeager deployed to Iraq in 2011 as deputy commander of the Cal Guard's 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, then served as a battalion and brigade commander."

If she were a man I'm sure you would not be questioning her qualifications.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:24 AM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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Helicopter pilot? "Yeager deployed to Iraq in 2011 as deputy commander of the Cal Guard's 40th Combat Aviation Brigade, then served as a battalion and brigade commander."

If she were a man I'm sure you would not be questioning her qualifications.
This. Of course, the announcement of the assumption of command wouldn’t be spotlighted on a news website with a national platform, either. Generally, these only hit base newspapers and The Army Times. Some get published in the local newspaper of the base or in the hometown news media of the commander, depending on the size of the community the paper/local news serves, which means probably not news media serving LA.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Murrica
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What does a helicopter pilot know about infantry service?
Because it's 2019, not 1919. Women have shown themselves fully capable of leadership on the battlefield.

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Officers from combat arms branches, which Aviation is one, are considered qualified to be Division Commanders. She is currently the commander of a Joint Task Force, she’s got the prerequisite leadership qualifications.

It is a guard unit, by the way, one unlikely to be activated. Guard units are controlled by the state, FYI.
Actually, a NG division can command battle space. The 36th out of Texas has done it. As have others.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:36 AM
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What does a helicopter pilot know about infantry service? This is nothing more than PC gone amok and it’s going to hurt our Military capability down the road.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/1st-woman...150916046.html


Have any facts other than gender supporting your opinion?
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:53 AM
 
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Because it's 2019, not 1919. Women have shown themselves fully capable of leadership on the battlefield.

Actually, a NG division can command battle space. The 36th out of Texas has done it. As have others.
That particular division is unlikely to be activated enmasse to fight in combat, meaning while it is officially a combat division she is unlikely to ever lead it in combat. It would be a bad day in America if it ever happens, not because of who leads it, but because of the situation we would have to be in for it to happen. However, bits and pieces of it have and will continue to be eligible to be activated in the future, so she may be in charge of troops or units who are in combat.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:30 AM
 
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Well, I worked as a civilian on an Army depot for 20+ years and one of the best COs to command the place in that time was a lady. This is an ammunition depot which also includes explosive ordnance which was not her background experience but she really straightened the joint up. Big time.


This is a light bird command billet but this gal was a rising star. She went on to full bird upon leaving and now is sporting a star. She deserves it. I would have followed her into battle. A disparate command background does not disqualify an individual officer from commanding a different kind of billet.


Male or female. I worked with a few different woman officers from Captains to full birds and they were all more than capable of handling oversight of what we did and none of them came from ordnance backgrounds. The Army handles the ammunition and ordnance for all the service branches. Storage and distribution.


I think the lady in question here will do just fine.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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She'll be fine. As a general officer in the US Army, she has (or should) the leadership skills to take on this role. And, like every flag/general officer, she won't be doing what she does alone, and will have a staff of senior officers helping with the decision making process. Kudos to you, General
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