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Old 05-22-2023, 08:25 PM
 
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It’s not always the soldiers’ fault for not performing the mission. In Germany in the ‘90’s, there was a small woman that arrived as a dozer mechanic (heavy equipment mechanic) and she couldn’t lift a wrench. She was reclassified after basic when she took emergency leave because her mom passed.

She had a tech school diploma (two year tech school) in dentistry and wanted to be a dental technician in the Army. But after her emergency leave, the Army made the decision to change her schooling to heavy track mechanic. How she graduated was a mystery. Almost like the elf on Rudolph that wanted to be a dentist.
She quickly chaptered out of the military and the Army lost another soldier due to poor decision making. Guaranteed she didn’t recruit any friends nor family into the military.

 
Old 05-22-2023, 08:29 PM
 
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It’s not always the soldiers’ fault for not performing the mission. In Germany in the ‘90’s, there was a small woman that arrived as a dozer mechanic (heavy equipment mechanic) and she couldn’t lift a wrench. She was reclassified after basic when she took emergency leave because her mom passed.

She had a tech school diploma (two year tech school) in dentistry and wanted to be a dental technician in the Army. But after her emergency leave, the Army made the decision to change her schooling to heavy track mechanic. How she graduated was a mystery. Almost like the elf on Rudolph that wanted to be a dentist.
She quickly chaptered out of the military and the Army lost another soldier due to poor decision making. Guaranteed she didn’t recruit any friends nor family into the military.
Her recruiter sucked. He was just trying to make his quota.

The Army cries for dentists, but of course, they would go in as officers. A good recruiter would have given her the correct roadmap to that goal...the Army had a program to pay for her to finish dentistry school.
 
Old 05-23-2023, 11:35 AM
 
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I have to wonder how women in forward combat areas would be treated if captured. How would such groups as ISIS or the Taliban regard a female member of the US Forces if she was unfortunate enough to be taken prisoner?

The Japanese Army held female POWs from Britain, Australia and America during WW2 and by all accounts they were not treated very well
 
Old 05-23-2023, 11:44 AM
 
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Yeah just ask them to change the track during a scheduled maintenance task. That is one sucky job.
It all looks great for public relations to have a female aboard but if she cant cut it 100% then it's additional work for the rest. Fortunately that was a situation we never had to deal with
 
Old 05-23-2023, 11:59 AM
 
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I have to wonder how women in forward combat areas would be treated if captured. How would such groups as ISIS or the Taliban regard a female member of the US Forces if she was unfortunate enough to be taken prisoner?

The Japanese Army held female POWs from Britain, Australia and America during WW2 and by all accounts they were not treated very well
There was a woman captured in DESERT STORM (she and a male soldier had decided it would be a good idea to take a military vehicle one night and go "parking" away from the unit). I saw the intel debriefing report when she was returned to forces. I can guarantee you that all that happened to her has never been made public.
 
Old 05-23-2023, 07:34 PM
 
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I have to wonder how women in forward combat areas would be treated if captured. How would such groups as ISIS or the Taliban regard a female member of the US Forces if she was unfortunate enough to be taken prisoner?

The Japanese Army held female POWs from Britain, Australia and America during WW2 and by all accounts they were not treated very well
Same with Jessica Lynch. Again, no details were shared with the public; no reason, no purpose.
 
Old 05-23-2023, 07:39 PM
 
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... The Japanese Army held female POWs from Britain, Australia and America during WW2 and by all accounts they were not treated very well

It is my understanding that when the Japanese army invaded Nanking they treated the Oriental females much worse than how they treated Western females later.
 
Old 05-24-2023, 07:51 PM
 
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It is my understanding that when the Japanese army invaded Nanking they treated the Oriental females much worse than how they treated Western females later.
Years ago there was a movie titled "A town like Alice". I think it was based on fact. The British women prisoners were forced marched for miles through the jungles to different camps and while not physically punished without reason were more or left in a state of neglect and near starvation.
 
Old 05-25-2023, 11:05 AM
 
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Years ago there was a movie titled "A town like Alice". I think it was based on fact. The British women prisoners were forced marched for miles through the jungles to different camps and while not physically punished without reason were more or left in a state of neglect and near starvation.
And the British took American prisoners during the Revolutionary war onto ships just offshore and did far worse than any descriptions here. The British didn’t even provide a death tally or name tally and those held included included females. Later after the war the assumption was obvious death but nobody confirmed.
 
Old 05-25-2023, 11:31 AM
 
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Years ago there was a movie titled "A town like Alice". I think it was based on fact. The British women prisoners were forced marched for miles through the jungles to different camps and while not physically punished without reason were more or left in a state of neglect and near starvation.
There is a movie called "Sisters of War" that focused on Australian nurses & Catholic Nuns held as Japanese prisoners.

Another movie is "Paradise Road" with Glenn Close, Cate Blanchett & Julianna Margulies that has British, American, Dutch and Australian women and children as Japanese prisoners. This was based on the book "White Coolies".

Both of these shows/books are very interesting and would be worth the time to read or watch them.
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